Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Dan Abnett- Story
Phillippe Briones- Art, Gabe Eltaeb- Color
Cover Price: $2.99

The Deluge: Finale

We pick up where we left off as Aquaman confronts Black Manta and N.E.M.O. Aquaman and Black Manta finally come face to face and per usual a battle breaks out. There is monologue going on as we see the two try to take the other out. I took this as Aquaman basically catching us up on what’s going on. N.E.M.O is this secret organization that basically takes over different governments under the radar. We learn that in Latin the word nemo means nobody. The only thing they care about is power. They use different methods such as conspiracy and manipulation. Anonymity is their greatest weapon. They secretly started a war between the US and Atlantis. However, Aquaman found this secret organization, and now he is taking them down. Aquaman wasn't surprised that Black Manta took over N.E.M.O.

As the monologue continues Aquaman and Black Manta are exchanging a few words. Basically Black Manta is blaming him joining on Aquaman’s advice and Aquaman is saying how Black Manta needs to take responsibility for his own actions. Black Manta then blows up the ship killing everyone inside except Aquaman, or so we think. 


We cut to Aquaman and Superman meeting with the President explaining that Black Manta is dead and N.E.M.O has been disbanded. Aquaman is pretty upset about the attack and he is making it very clear to the President. He was also very clear that if he wanted to kill the President he would have already done it. Aquaman is playing the righteous one saying that what the US did was wrong and Atlantis should fight back but they aren't going to because that is how much this unison means to Aquaman. We get this great splash page of Aquaman surrendering his weapon and officially surrendering Atlantis. Moral of the story is that sometimes it takes the bigger, stronger person to surrender to end a war and create peace. We don't get to see the Presidents reaction just yet as we cut to Superman and Aquaman outside of a snowy White House. Superman is bragging on Aquaman and how he handled this whole situation. He also hands back Aquaman’s Justice League pass. This is where we also learn that in a few moments Aquaman and the President are going to hold a joint press conference announcing that its over and there is peace between the surface and Atlantis. Mera is watching proudly from Atlantis. The Reverend Mother is with her as well and informs her that even though the Deluge has been averted the prophecy will always remain the same. Here comes the twist, as the Reverend Mother is explaining to Mera that they are guardians of the sea and if they don't stand watch then “who will?”. We also at this point see Blackjack crawling out of the ocean.


My husband bought me all of the Aquaman Rebirth comics from our local comic book shop and I was actually really excited because it was so good and Aquaman was getting a great well deserved story line. I even fell in love with Mera and I would love to see her get her own comic. Here is the big however, as much as I love this story line I am highly disappointed in the ending of this arc. I felt like it was to slow. I like how Aquaman is determined to do the right thing and that is great but the dialogue in the Oval Office was to much like Superman. I felt he was a little to self righteous like how Superman gets and one of the reasons I can't read a Superman comic. As much as I love this story line I am so disappointed in this ending. I'm hoping the next arc is better, and I would love to see more of this Mera conflict. I do love the art and color. I like my comic art detailed and it was. Also with Aquaman I enjoy seeing brighter coloring which again I have seen throughout this issue and previous issues. Overall I give this a 7, holy.

Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Corrianne Hamlin NCR

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