Thursday, January 2, 2014

Aquaman #26

Aquaman #26
Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencilers: Paul Pelletier / Sean Parsons

 “Sea of Storms” begins with the debut of new AQUAMAN writer Jeff Parker! The Earth’s crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures…so humanity’s first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!

I will be honest and say that I have not been reading Aquaman regularly, and this being the start of a new arc and a new creative team, why not.  Geoff Johns turned the character of Aquaman around and made him a fan favorite quickly with his run of the previous 25 issues.  He fleshed the character out and made it exciting.  Now in this new issue, Arthur and Mera are dealing with the repercussions of what happened just before.  The political climate of Atlantis is not very welcoming to Arthur or Mera and the other leaders resent that he is spending far too much time with the surface world.  With being the start of a new arc, of course you are going to have things thrown at you.  The plates of the world's crust are coming apart, your kingdom is about to revolt against you, oh and there is a gigantic Leviathan attacking Iceland.

Bottom Line

With this being a new creative team, it is going to be different.  The biggest thing that I noticed and bothered me was the sharing of the pencils credit.  I really enjoy Paul Pelletier's artwork, but when they change page to page on this, it is almost jarring at times.  I am not saying that Sean Parsons is not talented, it is just that their styles can be radically different.  And fighting a giant sea creature, I hope that this is not a sign that they have run out of ideas.  Aquaman is still a character I enjoy so I am interested to see where it goes and am anxious for the creative team to get their sea legs as well.

Recommendation:  Borrow It

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