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The BRIGHTEST DAYS are numbered as this best-selling series heads toward its shocking conclusion, and fans won’t want to miss a single page of the action! “Aquawar” breaks out with Aquaman, Mera, Aqualad and a surprise guest star facing off against the terrorist forces of Black Manta and Siren to keep the vast waters of the world from sinking the United States!

Variant Covers by IVAN REIS

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  1. That’s an awesome cover. I’m looking forward to the fallout from the last few issues.

  2. Man… leave it to Geoff Johns to make me excited for an Aquaman story.

  3. I don’t know if it is Tom Katers fault, but I am really excited for more Aquaman. And bring back Topo!

  4. I see a hand on Aquaman. I’m interested to see what they do with what happened last issue. 

  5. @JimBilly4 – Yes! And Steve!

  6. @SteenAR  The covers are solicited three months in advance. If he was missing his hand on the cover the surprise would have been blown.

  7. What are people’s thoughts on Black Manta’s design? i know it’s kitsch and retro but seriously what going on there.

  8. @edward – I like it. As you say, it has this classic movie monster vibe to it, but I must admit that my affection for it might be more based on Ivan Reis. Anything he draws looks awesome.

  9. @CaseyJustice – And Lorenzo!

  10. @SteenAR, @conor: It’s just a spare glove.  You can’t prove there’s a hand under there.

  11. I would like to point out thats the variant cover

  12. if it had a missing hand on the cover, they’d have to polybag it.

  13. @Conor good point. didn’t think of that.

  14. This was weak, the art was half-fast, Aquaman’s missing hand old and tired, and his controlling dead sea creatures lame.  I’m invested in the story, but this seemed rushed and cliched.

  15. @frankiger do you mean half-assed?

  16. @buck2889  yes yes, ptthth, thx.

  17. I agree with the remark that this felt rushed. I definitely think that the whole Aquaman/Aquawar story could’ve used at least two more issues worth of story. However, I did enjoy the issue throroughly and have no doubt that Brightest Day will read great in collected format. If nothing else, it proved that Aquaman deserves his own ongoing.

  18. Very good.

  19. Very good. Though it is rushed. Very happy with the quality turn on this book since the early teens.

  20. Loved this issue (rushed or not) but Black Manta was kind of all talk and no nuthin else in this one.

  21. i don’t get the “rushed” comments. what does that even mean? at any rate i felt it was pretty ok. I like how Aquaman’s hand is just this stump of solid flesh with nothing else inside of it. It was kind of amusing actually. Maybe he’s made of play-doh! ha

  22. Fun stuff, but I’ll concur with the rushed feeling. There were some great moments with the Aqua-family, but we never got to see any of the battle beyond them and Siren and Manta, so there wasn’t much in the way of scope. Love the whole Aqua-family, though, and even though the ending could be seen coming a mile away I was still affected by it. Good issue.

  23. I really wish that Aquaman and the Aqua Family actually got the chance to have any kind of dialogue that made me care about them.

  24. If i was black manta (and god willing i will be one day) i would have just kill Aquaman.

    Because Black Manta has to know that Arthur can deal with a missing hand quite easily. For example, he gets a hook put on there or just gets a NEW FUCKING HAND!

  25. @Wally This was a storyline that obviously was intended to last longer but was rushed to completion because DC is cutting the series short by 2 issues so it ends in time for War of the GLs. As well, this one of the first DC books that I felt the missing 2 pages. There was no breathing room in the issue and yet very little actually happens. That’s what people are referring to as the book feeling rushed.

    @Edward Yeah you’re absolutely right.

  26. @edward yea, that’s why it feels old that he’s lost his hand again, like a recurrent theme that becomes boring and unoriginal, it’s almost comical at this point.

  27. Zombie sharks FTW.

  28. haha this was great, <3

  29. Brightest Day is an amazing achievement.  A best selling comic book featuring formerly minor characters Deadman, Aquaman, Hawkman, etc.

    Great payoff issue. 

  30. @WadeWilson  Yes!  I’m so glad that they brought the dead sharks back from introducing way back at the beginning of this series, nicely done.

  31. @PraxJarvin  –well i didn’t really feel the rush of it like others. However, cutting 2 issues. WHAT? So now its only gonna be 24 issues? Totally sux. 

  32. @wallythegreenmonster  yeah, cutting one issue i can understand but two seems like a big chunk of story

  33. @PraxJarvin  What seemed rushed to me was that almost immediately after Mera swept them out to sea, they had fought the army back to the Bermuda Triangle. I was like “Already? That was quick!” Guess it had to be. The two pages didn’t really throw me much.

  34. I would argue every issue of the series feels like it is over before it starts. It is a major part of the art style they chose to go with, big panels, big splash pages, lots of two page splash pages. The art feels epic, which is the point, but the story goes by quick. Luckily it is bi-weekly so you can collect and read two at a time, which provides the story content of a more standard comic (imo anyway).

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