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Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, & Andy Lanning
Colors by Rod Reis
Letters by Nick J. Napolitano
Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Size: 32 pages
this is probably my favorite book right now. feels right when i think about it.
i wonder if Mera really is a faster swimmer than Arthur.
this book jumps right into the action. i can’t get enough of the back and forth between Mera and Ya’Wara. the tension slaps you in the face.
Johns has done an exceptional job with Manta. he’s evil and he wants not only to kill Aquaman, but he also wants him to suffer as much as possible before doing so. a cold blooded, bubble headed under-the-sea gangsta and i love it. the flip of Shin’s personality has also worked well in this series. his guilt and loyalty are evident and his refusal to betray Arthur again wins you over almost to the point of tears with the accompaniment of the flash-backs to Arthurs youth and early tutelage.
one of my favorite aspects of Arthur’s character is his lack of concern for his enemies’ well-being. he will kill if need be. like Wonder Woman. sets them apart from the rest of the Justice League. as well as they’re royalty. seems WW and Aqua would make a better match than her with Supes. but im not complaining and that’s beside the point.
my biggest problem, or rather disappointment, was Vostak’s sacrifice. i would much rather have seen the Operative go since he has a grandson eager to take his place.
Reis’ work really elevates this as every title he works on. his two page spreads and his last page illustrates Arthur’s utter hatred for Manta. his contempt is beyond palpable.
Art: 5 - Excellent