[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Aquaman finds himself captured and interrogated by Kadaver and an Atlantean gang lord known as Krush. As Vulko is being hunted by the Drift, he finds an ally in Ondine, a woman sent to help by Mother Cetea. Meanwhile on the surface world, Mera goes to Titans Tower to find Garth and ask for a favor of him. A favor that might make him do things he swore he would never do.
Since issue #25, not only has the writing been top notch, but the beautiful illustrations compliment the story nicely. This issue is no different and the vibrant colors really work well in depicting what Atlantis looks like. In this issue it’s the red palette of colors used for Kadaver and Krush that not only expresses what the characters intentions are, but also make you feel as if you are watching an anime film instead of reading a comic book.
A highlight in the story is seeing Mera ask something of Garth that she knows he will not like. They both know it’s not an easy favor, but you get a real sense of Garth’s internal struggle on the matter.
There aren’t really any negatives with this issue. The projection of current day politics is toned down, the pacing is great, the illustrations are beautiful. Anything that can be construed as a negative is simply my impatience to see how this arc ends and with the build up in this issue alone, I’m even more excited to see how it ties up in the end.
Great issue! Abnett and Sejic make a great team. They continue to elevate a character that has only become cooler and cooler over time. If you like Aquaman you will like this issue and if you are just curious about Aquaman, this issue will leave you wanting to know more about him. I recommend this issue as well as this arc.