Six years ago the news media was all about the King of Atlantis. Is he the real deal? How does he breath under water? Is he truly Atlantean Royalty? And who in their right mind gave him that Zack Morris hair do? Eight issues ago we were shown an Aquaman that that very few people cared about or even knew existed. How quickly people forget about their heroes in six years.
But I guess he did run off into the sea, shirt ripped and pectorals bulging, joining a band of vigilante pro-activists who were fighting for…uh…something. But what he do in that one year? That’s the real question. Sure, he was causing some mayhem during his “fight the power” faze, but why did he leave? And how will this impact his life as Earth’s mightiest H2O tolerant, blonde haired heart throb? The past returns to haunt yet again!
And Arthur’s past certainly isn’t getting along well with his present. Ya’wara and Mera partake in a humorous exchange of implied sizing each other up! Leaving Arthur stuck in the middle, finger up his nose, dumb found, and uncertain of what to do. But don’t worry, before he leaves to go on his nostalgic man hunt, Aquaman puts his hand out towards Mera with a heart felt, “I love you.”
More mysteries build up in this issue – the relationship between Aquaman and the Doctor becomes a little more sympathetic, and Black Manta continues to slither around like a water moccasin, killing everyone from Aquaman’s past. No thanks to Arthur’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force, armed with ancient Atlantean weaponry. From six years in the past, this team boosted events to what they are now. This was certainly a band of heroes who could have challenged the Justice League to a stand still!
There was a lot of really cool paneling and architectural work done on the layout of this issue. Not really different from anything else I’ve seen, but very appealing and nice to look at. While I understood what happened in the flashback sequence, however, I couldn’t help but remember the old Looney Tunes shorts where, when calling any man to step forward and fight, comrades took a step backward, leaving the protagonist without a choice…
I understand what was going on, don’t worry, (especially since I took it out of context) but there is a certain level of humor in this, wouldn’t you agree?
In all seriousness, however, Reis takes everything he does very seriously; bringing all of his talents to the table, delivering the best work possible from any comic book artist. While Arthur maintained his green and gold motif from six years ago, he was a lot more savage, young looking (giving a hint of Edward Cullen) and obviously mad at the world. This is an artist I can trust to be completely honest on every page.
Aquaman continues to be a book I don’t hesitate to read. Many of the titles I pick up have me wondering if I’ll enjoy it month after month. There are only a few I don’t worry about at all…and Aquaman is among that elite group of titles for me.
10 out of 10 stars