If you read Justice League and you read Aquaman, it's like two different people named "Geoff Johns" have been writing these books.
How in the hell can Johns write a book that I'm loving as much as Aquaman as consistently as he's disappointed me (and damn near everybody else) on Justice League?
In this, the ninth straight issue of Aquaman that has made me say "DAMN" out loud, Black Manta was again AWESOME, new character Prisoner of War was AWESOME, the revised backstory between Black Manta and Aquaman was explained AND IS AWESOME.
Aquaman and Black Manta are NEVER, as in EVER, going to be teaming up on ANYTHING, EVER. EVER.
The reason I specify this is because that is one storytelling convention I wish would be used far less. I'm not saying eliminate it totally, but rare should be the occasion that, for instance, a Magneto can actually join the X-Men and be credible.
Aquaman had every reason to hate Black Manta in the old DC Universe because of Aquababy, but it was harder to pin down why Black Manta would hate him, you know? Where's the hate coming from?
Well, no worries, folks. That's been taken care of. Those two guys...The Highlander Principle's in effect. Somebody's gotta die at some point.
One other thing: I haven't given Ivan Reis enough credit for how amazing this book has been. It's BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL.
No joke: All the negativity I feel toward DC right now, the squandered characters, the general disdain toward older readers and concepts...look. First and foremost, I'm a fan of these characters. There are very, very few characters I "don't get." Even with them, I've tried at various points to "like them."
But I've always felt Aquaman was a character who could be the subject of exciting stories. I love this book. It doesn't solve all of my issues with DC, but it does give me hope for a brighter future, because speaking for myself, it is a real struggle to continue buying any of their product.
Good job, Johns and Reis. And for anybody not reading this book because you despise where DC is: I don't blame you. I despise a great deal about DC right now.
But Aquaman isn't worthy of that hate. That book is good and the art is amazing.
*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity