Review: Aquaman #42

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artists: Lan Medina, Vicente Cifuentes

Colors: Gabe Eltaeb

Letters: Steve Wands

 

Summary

After the Sea Gods returned to Earth, Aquaman and Wonder Woman sought out Poseidon to find out how they were defeated before.  Poseidon immediately impales Aquaman with his trident. But Rather than kill him it sends Aquaman on a dream-like test.

Aquaman sees his father again in the dream and together they reflect on Aquaman’s past as well as how he can defeat the Sea Gods.

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Positives

Lan Medina’s pencils drive the story more so than Abnett’s writing in this particular issue. Since it is a dream, nothing from a storytelling standpoint is required to make much sense, but the artwork still needs to deliver compelling visuals and I think Medina achieves that. One moment Aquaman and his father would be sailing in calm waters, the next they are being attacked by demon-like whales, or a giant Black Manta. Or Aquaman might hallucinate and see Mera. There doesn’t need to be a rhyme or reason to it, but Medina’s art delivers.

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Negatives

I very rarely enjoy the all-too-common issues or episodes in episodic storytelling when the protagonist enters a dream and the answers are found when they reflect on their past. It always feels like filler and a lazy way to have the protagonist find the answers without the writer creating something imaginative. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how it feels with this issue. This issue is meant to be a tie-in to the bigger Drowned Earth arc and since Aquaman was stabbed at the end of that, Abnett was very limited with his storytelling options. I feel it would’ve been a better choice have Aquaman #42 be an actual part of the arc so they could progress the story in it rather than call it a tie-in and give us such a pointless issue.

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Verdict

While the Drowned Earth arc has been a refreshing and different type of Aquaman story, this issue fails to deliver anything meaningful to either Aquaman or the Drowned Earth story. I’m still looking forward to upcoming issues of Drowned Earth due to it’s potential.

 

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Cameron Tevis

Hi, I'm Cameron Tevis and I've been a comic book, anime and film fan my entire life. While I like Marvel and anime my true love is DC Comics. My father, who was a fan himself, introduced me at a very young age to the amazing characters in DC (especially Hal Jordan Green Lantern). I think it's a fantastic time to be a comic book fan and I'm happy I get to write about the company that I love so much. Besides being a DC fan, I am a designer and I recently started a comic book series of my own called Event Cycle 6 published through Aporian Comics. I recently wrote and directed a short film "The Misadventures of Harley Quinn". And most importantly I am now a father to my beautiful daughter Arya Jade!