Like The Darkness, I had no knowledge of
the world of Fathom before reading Fathom: Blue Descent #0.
The incredibly short issue was quite confusing for a newbie to the
series. But this review isnít about #0, itís about Fathom: Blue
For those who are not clear on what Fathom:
Blue Descent is about, allow me to explain. Fathom itself
follows Aspen Matthews who was ďborn amongst the Blue, and
underwater race, [but] was raised on the surface among humans.Ē This
underwater race is not your normal version of mere-people. No
fish-like appendages for them. Instead, they appear to be quite
humanistic, sort of like their comic book counterpart Aquaman and
his underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Fathom: Blue Descent is a
prequel to the regular series, answering questions regarding Aspenís
origins. Fathom: Blue Descent #1 is told, not from Aspenís
point of view, but from that of her fatherís: Abesaloma.
Abesaloma tells of his history, growing up with
his best friend Zo and crush Eilah. Then we see them as grown ups,
where Eilah is now his wife and Zo is an enemy on the council,
arguing over the Blueís treatment towards humans. While Abesaloma is
dealing with Zo, Eilah has been having nightmares about the Black:
an ancient race that the Blue descend from.
The comic is quite wordy. There is a lot to read,
including numerous monologues by characters. That being said, it is
well written, itís just that there is a lot to deal with and absorb.
For first time readers Iíd say it is not nearly as confusing as
Issue #0, but I would still advise getting your hand on it. The more
you read in the Fathom universe, the more you come to
As for the artwork, obviously the color scheme is
based around blue. But there are numerous shades of blue to avoid
repetition. Though I have no problems with the colorization, the
actual character design was weak. Abesaloma seems to change age
depending on the panel. Sometimes he looks older, sometimes younger.
I wouldnít be able to guess his age based on Issue #1 because his
depiction differs so much. Many of the female characters also look
alike, causing even more confusion, especially with so many new
people introduced in the book. The look of this comic isnít the
typical clean lines expected from DC or Marvel, but a bit sketchy.
There are lines on the characters faces and bodies, creating more
detail in their expressions than you get with the average look of
comics these days.
Overall, Iím not sure if Iím invested in the
story enough to continue on with it. In my last review of The
Darkness I wanted to see if he could defeat the Four Horseman of
the Apocalypse, but I could care less about Aspen Matthewís and her
family in this comic. Readers of The Fathom series may have
an invested interest in this story, but newcomers to the series
should probably not start with Blue Descent when entering the
world of Fathom.