IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY: DARK FATHOM

Deep trou­ble

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Gis­chler says he chan­nelled “a lit­tle bit of Cap­tain Kirk” into the way Mered­ith al­ways wor­ries about her crew.

Re­leased to co­in­cide with the re­lease of In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence, this pre­quel minis­eries acts more as an ad­junct to the first movie.

Dark Fathom takes place a few months after the orig­i­nal 1996 alien in­va­sion was thwarted, as Cap­tain Joshua Adams – a gen­eral in the new film – is dis­patched to re­cover an alien fighter craft that’s crash-landed in the At­lantic.

Fore­go­ing the film’s bom­bas­tic ap­proach, writer Victor Gis­chler in­stead weaves a tense, claus­tro­pho­bic tale, which mostly oc­curs in a sub at the bot­tom of the ocean.

Im­bu­ing Adams with a fear of wa­ter gives him some much-needed vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Gis­chler also off­sets the sub­ma­rine crew’s testos­terone­fu­elled machismo by fo­cus­ing on Adams’s re­la­tion­ship with sub com­man­der Cap­tain Mered­ith, who’s de­ter­mined to pro­tect her crew at all costs.

Con­sid­er­ing seven pen­cillers and inkers have con­trib­uted to the five-parter, there’s a solid con­sis­tency to the art. And with a fi­nal page teaser hint­ing at things to come, hope­fully more up-to-date ad­ven­tures will fol­low. Stephen Jewell

Worse than an an­gry dol­phin.

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