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Written by Geoff Johns
Pencilled by Ivan Reis
Inked by Joe Prado
Lettered by DC Lettering
Colored by Joe Prado & Rod Reis
Cover by Ivan Reis
Cover Color by Rod Reis

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

If your live leads you with questions/
Seek advice from under the sea!/
Dear Aquaman, Dear Aquaman/
Please send your advice to me, Aquaman!

I said it earlier this week but this next sentence is 100% true:

Adding to Aquaman’s history can never be a bad thing.

Think about it, even with four previous volumes of Aquaman comics can you name me anything about his history you didn’t learn in the Justice League cartoons? So when I learned that Geoff Johns is going to reveal a period of Arthur’s life we know absolutely nothing about it made me very happy. You could do stories in present day for this character but there is so much of his life we don’t know about. Plus considering he had his own Justice League before Justice League came around it definitely raises my intrigue level up.

While we start this arc with only glimpses of Arthur’s old team, pure Geoff Johns right there, what we get is pretty interesting. I love that Black Manta is involved cause he is one of my favorite DC villains. The guy is ruthless and I think he is one of the more underrated villains in the DCU. But again we get a great opening tease of one of the members of ‘The Others’ and then a jarring sequence with Shin and yet another lady of ‘The Others’. My only criticism of the issue is that Johns paced this opening chapter a bit too quickly. We seriously go from one big fight to another with little breathing room. Maybe this is where the two extra pages would be greatly needed but I would think Johns could pace it a bit better. Also, I really think Johns should just drop the Dr. Shin stuff because it does nothing for me. I feel like we should know more about this guy by now but nothing has happened with him yet for me to care.

If there is one thing that is perfect about this issue it would be the art. Thank god Ivan Reis is back and what a return it is for him! Every page in this issue is downright gorgeous to look at. Whether we’re in an African Jungle, or in the ocean during a storm; it all looks amazing. I honestly don’t know how Reis, Joe Pardo, and Rod Reis does it every month (and mostly on time) but they do. I just remember Reis being ‘the event guy’ for DC but if he can do this on a fucking Aquaman comic then the options are endless for this guy. I would read a Red Arrow comic, by J.T. Krul, if Reis was the artist….that’s how amazing the pencils are in this issue!

So you got one hell of a premise lined up for this new arc and some gorgeous artwork by Ivan Reis and the team. What more could you want? Again I don’t think adding or revealing new information of Aquaman’s past is a bad thing. He’s a character that desperately needs more fat to chew in his origins so I can definitely say that no matter how good or bad this arc may go I will not bitch about Geoff Johns padding more in the Aquaman mythos.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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