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Writer: Dan Abnett Artists: Philippe Briones, Gabe Eltaeb Price: $2.99
The End is Neigh
The Statue of Liberty lies on the ocean floor; that’s never
a good sign. All around the world a full on war has broken out between the
United States and what they believe is Atlantis. But as all of you know it is
really Black Manta and N.E.M.O attacking the dry lands pretending to be
Atlantis. King Arthur is asking his Atlantean's soldiers if this is really them
attacking the US. He is quickly informed that it is not them, which he had
already assumed. Now just to convince the entire United States of this fact as
well. Aquaman tries to get one of his ships ready to go capture the fake Atlantean.
But the ship is blown up by a U.S navy vessel. How can Aquaman and his fleet
help the Americans when they are being attacked? His fleet begs Aquaman to take
aggressive action to protect themselves. Aquaman declares they will do what
they can to keep their ships safe, but they will only they attack a U.S ship in
defense. Else where in Atlantis, Rowa is going through files to find proof that
these Atlantean ships being used to attack the U.S were actually bought by
N.E.M.O on the black market. Despite his injuries Aquaman heads out to see what
he can personally do to defuse the situation.
On the dry side of things, the military has implemented a
new task force called Aqua-Marines. These tough guys have suits that can
deflect bullets. And with a thought they can transform into shark like
creatures who can breathe under water. Now it’s up to the government to decide
if they are going to deploy these underwater assassins.
Aquaman confides in Mera about his course of action. He
plans to find N.E.M.O.’s base of operations and kidnap someone there to get
intel. He also needs someone to go to the president to present the Atlantean’s
case of innocence. Mera interrupts him by yelling that she can’t be any part of
this. She then storms off to Aquaman’s confusion. Little does he know about the
foreseen future the Widowhood burdened Mera with. To the Atlantean’s horror not
only does N.E.M.O have their ships they have a Grandsire’Saur that they used to
attack another U.S ship. Going to be hard to clear their name after this stunt.
Aquaman tries getting his fleet ready to counter attack, but is interrupted by
the worse case scenario. The entire Justice League ready to kick some Atlantean
A lot of people say that Aquaman is too political. I say
that’s the best part. To America, Atlantis is a different country and to see
that high tense relationship unfold brings a realness to the watery book. This
situation is so tense and seemingly unsolvable that it gives an essence of
urgency to every piece of dialogue. Aquaman has been building up this story for
a long time allowing for a smooth and natural progression of events. I for one
get so excited for the next issue to find out what is next for the King and his
fiery Queen. There’s so many factors at play and yet no confusion of what the
plot is. All told in the beautiful panels that highlights strong characters,
enchanting backgrounds, and solid dialogue. This will always be my book of the
week. Go now and pick it up. Now!