My last review illuminates all my opinions about
Fathom: Blue Descent #2, except that all of the negatives of
the comic bother me more now. It is hard for me to review Blue
Descent because I am not familiar with the series it spun off
from. But this means I can objectively analyze elements of the story
and artwork based on their own merit, not built on love for the
original piece. But it also means that the story is not filled with
as much impact for me because I do not care about these characters.
I might argue, however, that it is the writer’s job to make new
readers care about these characters from Issue #0.
Fathom: Blue Descent #2
picks up with Abesaloma chasing after his wife Eilah, who has been
kidnapped by one of the Black, a race that the Blues view as gods.
Unable to pursue her on his own, Abesaloma goes to Zo and other
Blues for help in rescuing his wife. Meanwhile, the Blacks reveal
their plan for Eilah.
Just like the last comic, Fathom: Blue Descent
#2 is covered in words. I’ll be honest; I did not read every
line. I skimmed it. But I was still able to follow the story so I
guess that is a plus. What I did read was well written, lyrical
even. But I still found it annoying that the characters were giving
monologues half the time. When I read a comic I expect more visual
Speaking of the visuals, one of the major
problems I had in both issues was the character design of Abesaloma.
He says that he is a “middle-aged councilman” yet he is drawn to
look much younger. Maybe the Blue age slower than us humans, who
knows? With a majority of characters adorned in black hair it
becomes hard to pick each character out. Besides these flaws in
character design though, I found the book to be beautifully drawn
As for the story itself, since I have not read
the source material, I do not know what plot twists are revelations
for readers of the series and what are not. If the reveals in this
issue are reveals for the universe as a whole, then they are rather
interesting but predictable. Even without knowing about the future
of some of these characters I was able to guess what was to come for
The biggest problem I am having with the Blue
Descent series is the fact that I am just not attached to these
characters. I have already been told to some extent what happened to
them, the how just does not interest me. Again, this may change for
readers of Fathom. But even though I know that by reading
earlier issues I’d be more connected to the characters and
understand more of their world, nothing in the last three books has
made me wish to pursue this. I respect the comic for its drawing
style and its strong use of language, but the story and world just
do not appeal to me.