Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Philippe Briones
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, & Gabe Eltaeb
The current run of Aquaman has focused a lot on the tensions between the surface world and Atlantis. Aquaman has been doing everything possible to keep peace between the two realms, even running afoul of his teammate Superman in the process. Unfortunately, the new group NEMO (love the idea, hate the name) is very clever, and incredibly ruthless since Black Manta took over.
In this issue, NEMO’s forces make it look like Atlantis has gone to war with the rest of the world, and the land nations are going to return the favor. NEMO has done a great job of framing Atlantis, and it looks bad for Aquaman and his allies. It gets even worse when Mera takes off, remembering the recent predictions at the Tower Of Widowhood. Aquaman is desperately trying to hold everything together. Then, at the end of the issue, Black Manta launches the next part of his plan, and Aquaman gets an unwelcome surprise from another direction.
Plot: I’m going a high 4 out of 5 for this one. The scheme against Atlantis is well thought out, thorough, and savage. Aquaman’s going to have a hard time salvaging this, especially with the event on the last page.
Art: The art is well done. The battle scenes are drawn well, the weapons, ships, and monsters all look good. They even did Obama’s cameo well. I’ll go 4 out of 5 for art, as well
Positives: It’s a good story. Atlantis is in a bad spot and Manta has a nasty plan underway. Arthur and his allies are in trouble, but they are doing the best they can. Aquaman is determined to not make things worse, no matter how hard that is for him.
Negatives: The only one I can think of really hasn’t happened yet. There’s an easy way to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of the issue, if they’re smart enough and calm enough to do it.
This was a great issue. The whole Rebirth run of Aquaman has been good. I’m looking forward to what they pull off next time.