Title: Fathom - Kiani (Click to go to the release post)
Writer(s): Vince Hernandez (Click to see other books from this writer released on this site)
Review source: Kevin Hellions (Don't click it, read the review here... )
Review: Fathom - Kiani Vol. 2 #1
- Fun story from your friend Kevin. Years ago I would be watching a wrestling pay per view or Monday Night Raw and the show would be great. In fact, it would be so much fun I wouldn’t want it to end. So I would take a VHS tape (yeah, that’s how long ago this was) and put it in front of the time on the cable box. That way I wouldn’t know how much time was remaining in the show. If a match started at 1055 and the show was done at 11, then I’m going to get a shitty 5 minute match. It could be a great 5 minutes, but I would go in with a negative attitude. All of this is lead up to say, I am beyond happy that I forgot this was the last issue of this stage of Kiani’s story.
Had I thought of that, I would be anticipating certain things “had” to happen in this issue. However, I went in without the feeling that things have to wrap up and that extended my joy of this issue. I realize that the exact thing that helped me to love this issue is also being ruined by me telling you all about it. But please, put that VHS tape in front of the last page and enjoy it in the way I did.
Things get pretty nasty in this final issue too. Kiani is forever changed, and that’s saying a lot when she’s already conquered death. Her powers and the strength they give her elevate Kiani to that level of strength which is almost immeasurable Forget your green or red or the rot. The Blue is where the power lies.
Killian leaps off the page and into my nightmares. Sure, his actions have reasons. Sometimes he may be good and harmless. The potential of what lies just beneath is enough to cause the world to be on guard. He’s like a cat playing with a nuclear bomb.
As always, I am astounded by the world built within these pages. Kiani is always so fluid. Even in standing, she is dynamic. The genius little touches, like body armor which looks like coral, help flesh out this undersea society. I don’t know how Oliver continues to surprise me, but he does. There is a scene of destruction with the silhouette of Kiani that should be permanently displayed on either a museum wall, or my own. All of this is helped by John discovering new shades of blue with every page.
There is a scene at the end which echoes one from the beginning and its stronger every time I read it. Its just one panel, but the two versions of it resonate beyond this final page and into the next series. It all comes together beautifully with Josh’s well placed and well timed “crack!”.
Vince has built up Kiani to a place beyond good or evil. That would be like saying water itself is good or evil. It can be either, but at all times it must be respected.
- Written by Vince Hernandez
Art & colors by Oliver Nome and John Starr