Reviews – DC Comics: Aquaman #19

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: Geoff Johns
Pencils By:  Paul Pelletier
Inks By: Sean Parsons
Price: $2.99

Things are getting interesting for the dwellers of Atlantis. Political turmoil and internal conflict abound as Geoff Johns continues to show that not only can Aquaman be interesting, but so can Atlantis. Despite typically being portrayed to the surface world in those rare occasions they leave the water as a united front, Atlantis, besides being underwater, actually isn’t all that different from any other nation, complete with conflicting personalities, agendas and factions.

Alright, so I could go into a bunch of Aquaman/Atlantis/fish jokes here, but I’m not going to do that. It hasn’t always been great, but I have actually been enjoying the current Aquaman book more often then not. This issue itself is a little bit middling story wise, perhaps due to not really giving its man character as much play as others, but it does give us some interesting things to chew on while waiting for issue #20. The big thing in the book in recent months has been that after defeating his brother Orm, Aquaman has returned to Atlantis to claim its throne which has inevitably led to some dissension. The biggest dissenter to King Arthur’s regn has been Murk, one of the most important figures in the Atlantean army. It is his portion of this issue that i found most interesting as it introduces us to Swatt. I’m not going to tell you anything about him here because I don’t want to spoil it I you haven’t read the issue yet, but let’s just say he has the potential to be one of the most interesting characters in the book and I hope we see a lot more of him in the future. Second to that reveal was the little deeper peak Geoff Johns gave us into Mera’s character, one which surely will develop more next issue.

So, like I said, on its own issue #19 was a bit middling, but it did give us some interesting plot threads to lead not the next issue. Hopefully Aquaman won’t continue to take somewhat of a backseat in his own book, however. At least not too often.

Score: 7.0


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