Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Aquaman #22 ****SPOILER REVIEW

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Philippe Briones
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb

Saving the Day

Fear is quickly sweeping through the marine base to claim more victims to it’s monstrous convergence. The aquamarines change into the sea-versions of themselves to try to fend off these beast, but even their strength brings futile resistance. In order to save his newfound…friendenemies, Aquaman makes an explosive decision. The Atlantean King throws a bomb into the Strange Water, blowing it up, and disconnecting the fear signal. Agent Ajar, and Mortimer, who were both transformed into Dead Water, have changed back to their human form. All is well in the deep blue sea once again…or is it?

Happy Wife Equals Happy Life

The big hero of this issue wasn’t our King of the seas, but instead it was Mera’s bravery that outshines. Despite Aquaman begging her to leave the blast radius, Mera stays and surrounds them in a bubble, saving both their lives. Not only that, but she was able to dehydrated the beast sending them away for a moment; allowing everyone to recuperate. I was pretty annoyed when one of the marines exclaimed that Aquaman and his “mermaid,” were still in danger. I bet that “mermaid” could easily kick his ass, just saying. But Mera showed annoyance towards the groups lack of appreciation for her as well, which made me feel better that their disrespect was intentionally shown to be offensive. The most impactful moment of this issue was in the ending dialogue between Mera and Arthur. Arthur blows up Strange Water, despite Mera pleading for him to handle the situation in a diplomatic way. She calls him out for his hypocrisy. He’s always begging for the world to ignore their fear of the unknown, and trust and respect Atlantis. In this situation he was scared of the unknown, had an opportunity to communicate, but instead acted drastically and violently. Of course I always jump to defend my sea king, but Mera makes an extremely valid point.

Beware the Hooded Man

At the end of this issue an ominous hooded figure approaches Corum Rath in a prison cell. When asked who he is, the man simply states that he is the future and Rath’s hour has come. SPOILER FOR TEEN TITANS****** We found out in Teen Titans #7 that Black Manta is in fact still alive. Considering that the next issue is called Crown of Atlantis, I have to wonder if this is Black Manta or one of his minions?

So What?

With time being a reoccurring theme throughout Rebirth, speculation of who this hooded man is running wild like a forest fire. Mr. Oz seems like a far reach, since this appears to be underwater. Maybe, its just a coincidence and the man just made an egotistical statement by calling himself the future, only time will tell. We also see a shift in Mera and Arthur’s relationship, will Aquaman heed her message or is his desire for approval causing a change in him?

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Ariel DuPey | NCR

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