Aquaman 2 - Review

The last issue of Aquaman showed him giving up his life in the water, for a life on land.He wants to come back on land, where he was raised by his adoptive father.He moves in to the lighthouse where he used to live, so he can still be close to the water, and keep it safe, as well.The police show up at his door, and ask for his help.Something attacked some fisherman, and other people on the shore, and they need Aquaman’s help, since he can talk to sea-life.This is the second time in two issues someone has got his powers wrong, and it was hilarious both times.

Aquaman and Mera (not Aquawoman.That is hilarious every time, also) show up to the dock, to help.The sheriff gets all uppity, but A&M walk right past him, to help.He uses his powers to look for wildlife, which is actually his power.He can give sea life compulsions; somewhat making them do what he wants them to do.He can’t talk to the little fishies, guys…He finds there is nothing in the water.No life at all.Before they can investigate why, the reason comes pouring out of one of the fishing boats.They look like Murlocs from World of Warcraft, but without the head-fin, and scarier.

Geoff Johns has said before that he has always wanted to write Aquaman.You can totally tell that he really enjoys this book.The running gags (going through all both issues) feel genuine, and not corny.I don’t know what I can say about Johns’ writing that I haven’t said before.Most other good writers give you an idea in a book, and you think “Man, who could come up with that!No one would ever think of that, it is crazy!”Geoff gives you a story, and you say “Of COURSE this would be the story!Why hasn’t this been done before!”Normally that would be a bad book, but Johns does it so well, and so consistently, that he is a current legend.He is awesome, case closed.

I don’t think Ivan Reis has done a poorly drawn comic book.Ever.Seriously, everything I have ever read that he has drawn has been gorgeous.I have been a fan since the early days of Green Lantern, through Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and now with Aquaman.The go-to artist for the “Rebirth” series has been Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern and Flash), and he is really fantastic.Now, as far as I’m concerned, I will take Reis over Sciver any day of the week.1)His style has vastly improved, and he has become a very exciting artist, and 2)He can release a book on time (I know, I know.Dead Horse.Stick.Me.I get it)

Mark my words:The next Geoff Johns ran DC-crossover event will be Aquaman-centric.It happened with Green Lantern, and it happened with The Flash.It could be the next in the series:Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Soggy Afternoon!

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