Kiani comes back for a big dose of action in the latest issue of Fathom: Kiani.
Writer – Vince Hernandez
Artist – Giuseppe Cafaro
Publisher – Aspen
Review by Jeremias de Leon
A spoiler free summary is as follows. Kiani agrees to follow Luzhin so she can have a better idea of what he really wants back in the previous issue. In this issue she knows what he wants and decides to act based on what she knows. What follows is a lot of action and more light being shed on Luzhin and even on someone from Kiani’s past.
The book is written well, nothing has worsened from the previous issue, especially the dialog. As a matter of fact I’d say that the writing in this book fleshes out Kiani even more than the last two issues. All of this good writing was in an issue that was mostly action. The action all served a purpose and helped re-introduce older characters and advance the plot and was pretty satisfying too.
In previous reviews I’ve mentioned how much I love Giuseppe’s art and not a thing has changed. Actually I
think I respect it even more now seeing as this issue was mostly action and I was wondering how something like the battles shown in this issue would look. I was not disappointed. The most impressive thing in the art is how well faces and facial expressions are drawn however. Moments where Kiani and other characters are talking look like what they’re saying has emotions and weight behind them.
This issue has beautiful art, and a story that seems to be building up to some huge payoffs. While I did praise the dialog and general writing earlier I do have to say that it might feel a bit off due to the way the Blue speak. Which unlike normal humans in the comic seem to speak in very proper English and when they emote but still speak in that proper English it can seem awkward or unnatural. I still highly recommend this comic for everything else though and give Fathom: Kiani vol. 3 # 3 a 9 out of 10.