I'm going to start this off with a bit of a confession: before this issue, I hadn't really been excited about the New 52 Aquaman series. However, after tearing through this issue I'm a bit disappointed that I left it to almost a year after the reboot started.
Some things I liked:
- I really enjoy what Geoff Johns has done with this "pre-Justice League" group of heroes, and giving them a bit of relevance to Aquaman's world. They're heroes, but misfits all the same - this brings some depth to their character, and allows them to be more than cardboard cutouts.
- Just by simply having "a talk" while Aquaman ponders his rage allows us to endear ourselves to some people we may have not know much about, and I have to applaud a writer taking the time to do that. Especially when there's a lot of people in a book, some can fall by the wayside - I don't like this when it happens, because it just seems to add clutter.
- Atlantean mythology (or well, any fictional mythology) really makes me happy. I like seeing the history of the "forgotten King," and how that plays into Black Manta.
Some things I didn't:
- Aquaman really seems to make some dumb decisions in this book, and without exposition in caption panels or thought balloons, we're left to just assume that this is some half-cocked form of revenge. This is fine, but basic - it didn't do a lot for me.
The Verdict: Four scuba suits out of five for being a genuinely enjoyable read with a couple foibles that keep it from being something I'd consider adding to my weekly pulls. This is definitely something I'd read in trades in order to get the full impact of reading, instead of month to month.
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