Filed under: DC Comics | Tags: aquaman, dc, GeoffJohns, harryhill, ivanreis, joeprado, mera, rodreiss
On the subject of everyone’s favourite heir to Atlantis, I feel mightily conflicted. After enjoying the first two or three issues, mainly due to the excellently timed self deprecating humour, I found myself feeling frustrated at the pace the book was moving along at and therefore dropped the title. I’m crazy for Bendis’ Ultimate Spidey so I’m comfortable with heavily decompressed story telling and I have enjoyed books by Johns before. This leads me to wonder, is the problem with Aquaman or with me?
Issue number 6 doesn’t deviate much from what we’ve seen in previous issues in this volume, the major change being that Mera takes centre stage. This is sure to please a lot of people as she is a very popular character. Shifting the focus on to Mera also serves to give Johns a new punch line for his jokes. Since Arthur isn’t around to be maligned and ridiculed by the populace lets do it to Mera instead. Putting Mera under the spotlight leaves me feeling somewhat indifferent. I’m confident the dialogue would only need minor alterations regardless of whether it was her or Arthur getting laughed at.
Now, this comic book is not without it’s charm. The cover is completely aces and the art throughout is of that slick gorgeous high definition whuzzamacallit stuff that almost makes you forget about what you’ve just read. Almost. The consistent quality of the art is mostly down to the phenomenally rich colouring of Rod Reis. I like the way this books looks. Trouble is, Teen Titans looks like this, only better. It reads better too.
Mera does get to do a couple of cool things in this issue, including breaking the arm of a pervy dude and the most inventive use of dehydration as a form of torture. Despite these eyebrow raising interludes the simple fact is that this book is not good enough. The jokes that were endearing and original and earned such high praise initially have now become tired. We are six issues in, after all.
In summary, I think the problem lies with Johns who would do better to explore a little more of Aquaman. I’d also recommend he take a look at the Harry Hill joke book if he continues to struggle.
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