Aquaman #2 Review

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Posted July 6, 2016 by Adeem Khan in Comic Books

Written by: Dan Abnett

Art by: Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker

Publisher: DC Comics

I enjoyed Aquaman #1 and thought it was overall an entertaining book that explored Aquaman’s world from interesting point of views. That issue ended with a spectacular brawl between Aquaman and Black Manta and this one picks up right from that. While in the last issue the brawl was a nice break, the tour of the embassy and introduction of new characters was the main focus and definitely the best part.

In this issue, the fight between Aquaman and Black Manta is the main focus. Following a short flash back sequence, most of the book is their fight. There are some cool and fun moments in the battles like when Aquaman pushes out a spear from his shoulder by slamming his back against a wall. While the fight is cool, it drags on for way too long. Aquaman’s clichéd attempt to get Black Manta to give up throughout the issue also gets boring fast. It’s even more disappointing that the classic spiel “if you kill me, you’ll have nothing to live for” actually works and Black Manta just gives up. I would have accepted it if this meant they’ll be retiring the Black Manta character for a while, but the ending of the issue shows that he’ll be back.

One of the best parts of Aquaman #1 was Joanna Stubbs and she is mostly ignored in this book. Not only that, but the book is back to showing humans and Atlanteans disdain for each other. I really liked the change of pace from the last issue where they showed humans and Atlanteans starting to like each other and show interest in each other’s culture. While it makes sense considering the embassy was attacked that tensions will be high again, it’s still disappointing to see the book lose the last bit of freshness that it had.

One of the biggest problems with Aquaman is that his character no longer seems fresh. It’s a book filled with retread of ideas and clichéd plots. The last issue showed promise of trying something different for the character, but with this one we’re back to the same old. Rebirth was Aquaman’s sink or swim moment to do something new and exciting with the character, and so far he’s sinking. Aquaman needs to evolve, or he’s doomed to stay in the bottom of the sea.


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Adeem Khan