Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Gabe Eltaeb
Even with the seas at his command the king of Atlantis still suffers from ‘fish out of water’ syndrome. Dan Abnett further emphasizes Aquaman’s outcast status in The Deluge, Act Two. With almost the whole world against him Arthur begs of his comrades to hear his truth. Atlanteans are being set up to look guilty by a third party. The Justice League even detached from government action still act politically and in their best interest. Their best interest at this moment? To take down the Atlantean King whom to everyone on the surface is the culprit behind the attack on US territory. A history of friendship gives enough pause to Superman to allow a chance for Aquaman to prove his allegations. But how far will N.E.M.O go to keep this cover up hidden?
Hidden away, Mera faces her own nightmares. Burdened with a prediction of her destructive future she is indecisive of what her next course of action will be. Fighting the urge of be a warrior she dreads what her own future may behold. With muscle tone even body builders would be jealous of, Eaton, Faucher, and Eltaeb are able to accentuate the power each Justice League member has. Their pure strength adds to the severity of what happens if you cross them. Something Aquaman is hoping to not find out. The sea rich tones and waves of water play well to the underwater scene. I will never get tired of Mera’s red hair and Aquaman golden chest plate’s contrast against their blue surroundings. It paints a kingdom of beauty and nobility.
The build up has been a slow one, but a worthwhile process. Some people grow bored when they have to wait issue after issue to get a conclusion. But the build up is what makes you care. It’s what makes you understand the gravity of the situation so that it is just as rewarding when it does come to an end. The conflict Aquaman faces is much like that of Wonder Woman. Where they are torn between two worlds and have to decide where their loyalties lie. So many angles of this story are going to collide into an epic conclusion, and it’ll be interesting if relationships are still intact afterwards.
High Blessing: ★★★★★★✩✩✩✩
Ariel DuPey | Nerd Church Radio