Saturday, October 16, 2021


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Selfish Thoughts

There’s a new Fathom title every time you turn around. Can't keep up? Neither can we. But Joseph Self is here to assure that you it’s not just pretty pictures you'll find in Michael Turner’s universe. Joseph explains in this week’s broadcast of his Selfish Thoughts.

Fathom Prelude (Michael Turner’s…)

Before she regained her memories and discovered her abilities, Aspen Meadows was just a normal teenage girl… well, as normal as any other kid on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, of course! Breaking records without really trying, Aspen seems a shoo-in for a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.

Naturally, her amazing accomplishments lead to accusations of steroid use and blood-doping. Without the knowledge of her true heritage, Aspen is unable to explain the inevitable anomalies in her blood. Her subsequent expulsion from the team turns out to be a blessing in disguise, however, putting her on the path that ultimately leads to her becoming Fathom.

With the events of 2004’s Fathom: Dawn of War setting the stage, 2005 looks to be the biggest year yet for Michael Turner’s seafaring super-heroine, with both this title and Fathom: Beginnings heralding the 4th ongoing Fathom series.






Fathom: Beginnings

Alone and adrift in the ocean following a mysterious and powerful flash of light, the future Aspen Matthews is just a lost and frightened little girl.

Having narrowly escaped the man who brutally murdered her parents, Aspen’s memories are fragmented, and she’s barely aware, let alone in control, of her burgeoning powers. Will the bond that grows between her and Capt. Matthews be enough to sustain them when Aspen’s past catches up with her?

Riding the popularity of 2004’s Fathom: Dawn of War mini-series, 2005 looks to be the biggest year yet for Michael Turner’s seafaring super-heroine, with both this title, detailing her first meeting with her adoptive father, and Fathom Prelude setting the stage for yet another (the 4th!) ongoing Fathom series.







Fathom (4th Series)

As 2004’s Fathom: Dawn of War mini-series promised, all Hell is breaking loose for Michael Turner’s seafaring super-heroine and her friends. With tensions between Humanity and the undersea Blue civilization already high (thanks in no small part to Killian’s activities), the U.S. actively declares war with a retributive strike that virtually destroys the outpost city of Saba.

Unfortunately, neither combatants are quite prepared for the emergence of a third player in their conflict. Previously considered only a legend, the powerful beings known as the Black have once again taken an active interest in the affairs of the world. But their intentions are as much a mystery as their shrouded past. Will they aid the Blue against the Humans, or ultimately threaten both? More importantly, having learned of her own connection to the Black, who will Aspen side with? The answers will change the world of Fathom forever…



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