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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:38 pm

Aquaman #28  Preview

Sharks. Sea monsters. Torpedos. The secret of Triton Base!

Source: Comics Continuum previews


The DC solicit:

He’s saved a diver from a vicious shark attack – but he’ll soon regret it. His most powerful weapon has been stolen from his care – and he’s never even heard of the man who took it.  But Aquaman’s greatest challenge yet may be Amnesty Bay’s ten year high school reunion!


Written by:  Jeff Parker
Art by:  Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Andrew Hennessy
Cover by:  Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
Steampunk Variant Cover by:  Richard Horie
32 pages
$2.99  (US)
On sale:  February 26, 2014

Written or Contributed by IvCNuB4

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Postby Draco x » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:28 pm

Nothing is scarier than a high school reunion apparently. LOL. :-D :-D :-D :-D
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Postby IvCNuB4 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:34 pm

Turns out the reunion is a large part of this issue as it reveals a few things about what it was like for Arthur as teenager.
Prior to that Arthur saves that diver from last issue. During the scene of him in the medical bay I could totally hear "We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster." :D
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Postby Grayson » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:40 pm

This was a surprisingly strong issue that was fun and upbeat for the most part. The interaction at the high school reunion was great, especially when Mera met Arthur's high school sweetheart.
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Postby HNutz » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:43 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:During the scene of him in the medical bay I could totally hear "We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster." :D

Yeah, I think we'll be seeing this dude again... 8)
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Postby Punchy » Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:51 pm

This was the best issue of Jeff Parker’s tenure on Aquaman so far, and that’s down to the fact that this issue went somewhere completely unexpected and didn’t just carry on the same kind of things Geoff Johns did. I never thought I would ever see Aquaman attending his High School Reunion, but I have, and it was pretty damn awesome.

The issue begins with the mysterious man who’s been sniffing around Amnesty Bay trying to find out about Aquaman making his way closer to the Lighthouse, but we soon move over to the situation at Triton Base, with Aquaman and his fellow Atlanteans tracking the brain of the Karaqan. Initially shocked by what the humans have built beneath the surface, Aquaman soon gets into hero mode and tries to rescue the guy from the end of last issue who was being attacked by sharks. But, of course, things are never that simple, and the Triton Base fires a missile at him. Eventually, thanks to Dr Shin they realise that Aquaman is here to help, and he’s able to get the man back inside the base, but he’s in a bad way, with his legs all bitten off. Aquaman asks Shin for an explanation, but he doesn’t get one, and instead, with guns pointed at his head, is forced to leave. Shin tells Arthur that he has some leave coming up, and he’ll explain soon, so the Triton plotline looks set to be a lengthy runner.

Back on the surface, Aquaman sends the rest of the Atlanteans back to Atlantis, but he and Mera stay in Amnesty Bay, where they are met by a local cop, who went to High School with Aquaman, and invites him to their reunion. I just loved the way the story turned here, you thought you were going to get some serious action and intrigue, but nope, it’s time for some comedy and character development. One of the most intriguing things about Aquaman is how he struggles to balance his Atlantean side with his human side, and lately, with him becoming King and all, this series has focused way too much on the Atlantean stuff, so it was great to have Aquaman have to go back to be ‘Art Curry’ and be put in a very realistic situation. Arthur initially doesn’t want to go to the reunion, but Mera convinces him otherwise, and, after some initial awkwardness, it was a good decision, as we see him begin to reconnect with his old classmates, and confirm that he had been helping them out in secret when any of them got in trouble in the sea. It even turns out that Aquaman’s tortured memory, where he punched a kid so hard he was in a coma for a month turned out all right anyway, as that guy grew up to be proud that Aquaman hit him! With this issue, Parker is seeming to say that Amnesty Bay is Aquaman’s home and not Atlantis, and I can go along with that, I always like my heroes to be humans first, and with this issue, Arthur Curry’s humanity shines through.

But it’s not all fun and games and drinking on the beach, as more traditional superhero danger is just around the corner. The man who Aquaman saved from the sharks is now in a vegetative state, and given that he has no next of kin and it’s too expensive to keep him alive, the scientists at Triton are going to experiment on him, so that’s a new villain for sure. Also, whilst at the Reunion, the stranger breaks into Aquaman’s lighthouse, steals his trident and uses it to open up a portal with something bad behind it about to return.

Paul Pelletier’s artwork was solid as usual, and I was glad to see him draw some more comedic scenes here, he did well at that kind of material back on She-Hulk. If you haven’t been reading Aquaman, I really think this is a good jumping on point, it’s not what you’d expect from the character, but that’s for the best.
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Postby IvCNuB4 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:09 pm

Back in the Silver Age, Jed Coombs was .. Creature King ! :-D

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Postby Juan Cena » Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:51 pm


Not a great cover. There's too much green and brown, which kind of muddies up the cover, and nothing really pops out. I had to look at it two or three times until I saw details like Steampunk Aquaman's mechanical hand and grey diving helmet.

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