PREVIEW: Fathom V3 #4

Scott Lobdell – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Michael Turner’s Fathom continues on for the sensational fourth volume! Over a million species of undersea life forms exist under the surface, some dating back over four hundred million years old. Aspen Matthews, marine-biologist, has researched many of them in her past. Yet, nothing in her education could have prepared her for the recent discovery of the mysterious Church of the Eternal Depths.

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REVIEW: Fathom Vol.4 #2

United Notions

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Pencils: Alex Konat
Colors: Beth Sotelo
Letters: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandez and Frank Mastromauro
Design and Production: Mark Roslan and Peter Steigerwald
Publisher: Aspen MLT
Fathom created by Michael Turner
The Black co-created by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald

Aspen is on the trail of a group of creatures called the Ceratonotus Steiningeri who are posing as Secret Service agents protecting the Vice President and who are planning to kill him.

REVIEW: Mindfield #6

“Game Changer”

Story & Creator: J.T. Krul
Illustrations: Alex Konat
Inks: Jon Bolerjack
Colors: John Starr
Letters: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandez and Frank Mastromauro
Design & Production: Mark Roslan and Peter Steigerwald
Publisher: Aspen MLT

The conclusion of this series wraps up a lot of things that have happened within this series, but leaves the door wide open to more tales of Connor and the CIA telepathic operatives, as well as a hint of the origins of how all of this came to be.

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REVIEW: Mindfield #0

“Head Games”

Story & Creator: J.T. Krul
Illustrations: Alex Konat
Inks: Saleem Crawford
Colors: John Starr
Letters: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandex and Frank Mastromauro
Publisher: Aspen Comics

J.T. Krul offers up a new creator owned series whose premise revolves around a group of CIA operatives that are telepaths.  This zero issue really only scratches the surface for readers and serves as an introduction to the world in which these operatives operate.

The first issue of this series doesn’t hit the shelves until later in June, but I think grabbing this issue really is something readers should do who are curious about this series, or even just wanting to see what Krul can do when he’s doing his own thing.  Krul’s always been a really solid writer, and now that he’s getting more exposure with his work at DC Comics.  There’s always some carry over of a creator’s audience when they start new projects, and I think plenty of Krul’s fans who only know of his DC work who will really get a kick out of Mindfield.

There’s not a lot to go on as far as the story in this issue.  I think it serves up as a nice character introduction and provides some history of those agents that are in charge of the Project Cobalt.  The reveal that none of the operatives that are in the project are able to pass a psychological evaluation is interesting enough to provide some mystery to the telepathic agents.  We don’t really know why they haven’t passed the evaluations, and that could open up to some intriguing stories.  Then again – it could just be a red herring Krul’s throwing in this issue.

The art by Alex Konat is really good in this issue.  Konat hasn’t done a lot of work that I have found other than some work on some Batman stories at DC, but that’s part of the discovery factor in this issue.  Konat is definitely an artist to look out for in the future, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes in future issues of Mindfield.

Wrapping up here, I think people should give this zero issue a try.  Aspen did a really good job with the $2.50 cover price and a variety of variant covers for people to pick from.  I think J.T. Krul has a lot of potential with this series and some really interesting stories to tell, and seeing Alex Konat’s art depicting those stories is just awesome.

REVIEW: Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? #1

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Dustin Nguyen (the Veil), Guillem March (Vicki Vale), ChrisCross (Stephanie Brown), Jame McKelvie (Leslie Thompkins), Alex Konat & Mark McKenna (Harvey Bullock)
Letterer: Steve Wands
Colorist: Guy Major and Guillem March
Assistant Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics

If you have been following along with the entire “Battle for the Cowl” event for the last few months then this issue is sort of a wrap up of those events from the Veil’s point of view as she is trying to speak, or interpret, what Gotham City is thinking and feeling since Batman’s ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’. Each of the stories within this issue are not conclusions of the stories that were started in the Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead one-shot, but sort of the ending of the first act of sorts leading to more stories in the future. These stories will be playing out in the pages of the returning titles as well as the new titles that will be beginning in June.

While I won’t put all of my feelings about the entire “Battle for the Cowl” event in this review I will say that this issue does act as a bookend for this act, and I’m hoping that what comes next gives me a little more than I got here. While I don’t think what I’ve read in this issue is bad in any regards, it did not feel compelling other than a most unexpected vignette – Vicki Vale. I try my best to keep all of my reviews as spoiler free as possible I will say that Vale’s big reveal, or her new hobby I should say, will be interesting to watch unfold as we move forward in the lives of Gotham City. That part of this whole issue grabbed me enough that I want to see it played out more.

There are reasons that these stories are being told. It’s up to the reader to figure out why these stories are important. It’s up to the writer, Fabian Nicieza, to make the reader want to figure it all out. Again, I can’t say that anything I read in this issue other than Vale’s reveal at the end of the issue really made me want to read more about them. If they show up in the books I’m reading I’ll follow along, but I’m not inspired to go seek them out.

I’m happy to see “Battle for the Cowl” end because I want to get on with this new status quo. I didn’t care for the road it took for us to get here, but I understood it needed to happen. I liked some parts, and didn’t like others. I hope what comes next is worth this event.