[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Rob Williams, Dan Abnett
Artist: Jose Luis, Jordi Tarragona
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Pat Brosseau
The Aquaman crossover continues in part three of “Sink Atlantis”! The squad slinks deeper into Atlantis on their mission to sink the risen undersea kingdom. But when Harley reveals that they’ve got a nuclear bomb in tow to get the job done, the team might just tear one another apart before they’re able to complete the task at hand. Aquaman confronts the Squad with a gang of his own just as Mera’s coronation begins, and the moment you’ve all been waiting for arrives: Killer Croc versus King Shark!
How angry can a Croc get? The issue was filled with unresolved anger from the big man, and he put that to good use! King Shark was recruited by Aquaman’s small resistance to take out the Squad still loyal to Waller and stop them from planting the nuke in the center of Atlantis, and boy did Aquaman need a big gun to take on Killer Croc. The issue had some great interaction with Queen Mera and the US Ambassador stationed at the kingdom and set up a very dark game of chicken between the US and Atlantis.
While I didn’t terribly dislike the issue, I also didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. It felt a little stale and slow paced, nothing really occurred other than Satanis revealing his true motives and killing Urcel. This was something I really didn’t care about, we just met her and I had no real ties to who she was.
We got very little of Mera, Aquaman, and the main pillars of the Suicide Squad team, focusing more on this new B string, excluding Croc. This did a great job of setting up a tense moment not for its own issue, but the next one which i hope does a way better job of keeping the reader entertained.
These issues need to be gripping if we are in the center of the story now. What goes on needs to take center stage and really tie the reader in, this did not do a good job of that. We barely got the Squad we know and this B string team just is not doing it, its a good read to continue the story and set up for the next one which I hope does better.