Writer: Vince Hernandez
Art: Claudio Avella & Mark Roslan
Colors: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: Josh Reed
Editors: Frank Mastromauro & Andrea Shea
Published: Aspen Comics (June 2015)
We open our issue in Tokyo, Japan as we meet Jet … who put a Blue to be a member of a street fighting ring. After that, a lawyer named Ms. Marquez who was prosecuting someone. Next is a young boy who seems to be a strategic genius, working with a small band of fighters. Then a homeless woman. Finally, a man who worked on a ship. All their lives are changed as they are brought together by Maylander.
Maylander collecting them for a mission.
Avella & Roslan are off to a solid start. Roslan’s digital inks bring out the best of Avella’s work as he details some pretty great panels. Avella is not afraid to give different perspectives throughout the first issue, allowing the readers to get a more dynamic look. The action that we saw looks great and we got so solid panel composition. There characters look very distinct and Arciniega brings out their work with vivid color that matches the tone and area of where the characters are.
Hernandez scripts an intriguing first issue. With the team of Blue coming together under Maylander, we see that things are going to come to head after the events of Fathom: Kiani Vol 4. Also, the distinct personalities of the Blue make for a great ensemble cast. They are all entertaining with fleshed out personalities and more. The issue was paced extremely well and no one seemed to outshine the others. Hernandez writes a compelling, intriguing first issue.
Some of Avella’s side profiles look slightly weird, but that’s a nitpick really.
Fathom Blue # 1 gives a great jump on point for readers. We get to see different Blue adjusting to the world above in their own way and how each of them are different. Avella, Roslan & Arciniega present a vivid, detailed canvas to watch this unfold while Hernandez grips you with smart writing and wonderful characterization. One of the best first issues in Aspen’s history.