Aquaman 12 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…
“Unstoppable” is a well-named story. NEMO, the new society that Black Manta has become part of (which has a really goofy name) had unleashed a terrible weapon that is heading straight for Atlantis. Not only can Aquaman and the Drift not stop it, they can’t even figure out what this hulking monster is. When Aquaman finally works it out, the answer is pretty damn terrifying, and it makes perfect sense. I have no idea how they are going to manage to stop this next issue.
With the introductory special out of the way, the new Titans book has begun for real. At Dick’s loft in Gotham, the team is getting used to the return of their forgotten friend, Wally West. Lilith tries to help him piece together some of his missing memories, but some of them are proving hard to reach, which likely isn’t good. Despite the fact that Dick is one of the best detectives on the planet, it’s Garth that comes up with an idea for their next lead.
Birds of Prey is a long time favorite of mine. Chuck Dixon started the series, although it’s probably most associated with fan favorite Gail Simone. The Birds’ long history was wiped out when DC did their line-wide reboot, and the new book just wasn’t as good. I had every single appearance of the Birds until that point, and ended up dropping the “DCNU” version within three issues. But, the Birds are back, and the new book looks fantastic.
I’m a huge Nightwing fan, so I was very glad to see he was back in costume again. I really didn’t care for the “Grayson” title. Dick as a spy didn’t really interest me. But now he’s back, and the costume has the classic blue accents again instead of the red silliness of the reboot, which never made any sense to me.
Anytime there’s a big change in something, some people will like it, and some will hate it. When it’s something that means a lot to people, the reactions are stronger. Several years ago, DC Comics rebooted their entire line, with a new history, new looks, new teams. Reaction was mixed. In the interests of full disclosure, I was a DC fan from the mid-80’s right up until the reboot.