Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aquaman # 26

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Stjepan Sejic




A King fueled by anger and tyranny orders the use of ancient Atlantean techno-magic to track down Arthur, at any cost. Arthur finds himself on the run with a girl whose as weary of Rath as he is.



***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



Flee Market

Dolphin and Aquaman find themselves fleeing from Rath’s soldiers, with no choice left, they have to fight their way out. In one of my favorite pages ever drawn, Aquaman uses his telepath to encourage a Great White Shark to help them out, and Dolphin gleams her bioluminescent light, causing the soldiers around her to go into a state of shock. But, there are still plenty of the Dive members left on their tail. Just when all is lost and death is imminent, a shudder hits Atlantis as Mera attacks to get back her man.



A Woman Scorned

Using every ounce of her abilities Mera is hurling the weight of the ocean against Atlantis’s thorny barrier. Rath and his servants comfortably assume that the crown of thrones will protect them, even against Mera’s might. However, they do worry what has caused her rage to show itself now, after weeks have passed.



Waterboarding?

Vulko is under intense questioning about him and his co-conspirators. He is the one that contacted Mera and brought her fury upon them. But the really traitors are the ones that turned against King Arthur in the first place. Meanwhile, Arthur and Dolphin are trying to decide their next moves, which is kind of hard to do with a mute girl. Eventually, Dolphin takes Arthur to her sanctuary. A sanctuary filled with mutated outcast who aren’t so sure about Dolphin’s new friend.



Treason in the Sea


Vulko isn’t the only one who still has Arthur’s back…well kind of. The Reverend Mother Cetea declares that Rath is is reckless and goes against the Motherhood’s wishes to preserve Atlantis. She might not have the strength to take down Rath, but she’s not opposed to lending a hand to those who do. With that, she lets Vulko out. The undesirables don’t stay hidden long as a dangerous magician finds them, will Arthur’s life truly be ended this time? Probably not, but it’s still exciting!



Sum it Up


God I love this book! I’m so deeply impressed by Abnett’s total reconstruction and how he is casting the whole city of Atlantis in a new light. Not a moment goes by that something isn’t happening. He’s weaving action and plot together flawlessly. I’m so completely engrossed by the stunning art and sensational panels; everyone should give Aquaman a try in this new series.


10/10



Ariel DuPey | NCR

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