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Aquaman #22 (Not of royal blood Spoilers)

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Postby Punchy » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:35 pm

After a bit of a lull, Geoff Johns’ Aquaman is back in full swing for me, as Aquaman has to deal with 3 major crises all at once. This was a packed comic, but I think in this issue Johns did the best job so far at balancing the triple-threat of The Dead King, the Scavenger and the plot to free Orm.

Here, one story takes precedence over the others, which is Aquaman taking on The Dead King, but the other two are constant presences in the background, and you know that even if Aquaman wins in Xebel, he may still lose the greater war. Johns drops a lot of mythology on us with this issue, as we find out more about the Dead King, and it’s certainly intriguing. We find out that Aquaman is not a descendant of this King, nope, Arthur’s family betrayed this guy and took his throne, which I think is very cool indeed, and makes the Throne of Atlantis more like a real-world monarchy, which are almost never unbroken. Aquman has no ‘divine right’, he just happens to be part of a family. But this isn’t just exposition central, as we do get a pretty hardcore fight between Aquaman and the King, including Aquaman smashing him to shit with a sunken battleship. Stuff like that does more to stop Aquaman being a joke than Johns’ more overt attempts.

As I said, the other plots are hanging in the background, as the Scavenger totally invades Atlantis and sits on the Throne. I have no idea who’s going to end up in charge at the end of this story, it could be the Dead King, it could be the Scavenger, it could be Orm, or it could just be Aquaman standing tall again. I prize unpredictability a lot, and this comic has a lot of it right now. Paul Pelletier continues to do good work on this title, it’s hard to replace Ivan Reis, but he’s managing it, the undersea world he’s depicting is very nicely detailed, and the character work is strong.
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Postby IvCNuB4 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:54 pm

Based on the hints about the "icy waters" (by Arthur last issue) and the ice revealing it's secrets to Nereus I'm thinking
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that the Dead King is Xebelian. After the ancient Atlanteans overthrew him and stole his throne and weapons, they exiled the Xebels to the other dimension. That would explain why present Atlanteans didn't even know about the Xebels, and why the Xebels hate the Atlanteans so much.
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Postby syxxpakk » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:02 pm

I was expecting some major reveal at the end of the issue with the way they were moving between the plot-threads towards the end, but it didn't really get there.
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Postby Grayson » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:00 pm

It took awhile but it looks like the quality of this book has returned to where it was before the "Throne of Atlantis" crossover. I wasn't really very interested in the Xebel storyline or even the Dead King until this issue but now I am very intrigued. Perhaps the most intriguing thing that happened in this issue was a quick mention that may have went under the radar. The Dead King mentions the Trench and implies that they are one of the tools of the King of Atlantis. Wait...what?! :shock:

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