Guest Review: @DCComics Aquaman #18



Here is today's "Guest Review" by TDK_1997. Included is DC's; Aquaman #18. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.


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Aquaman #18 - Death of a King, Chapter One


The critically-acclaimed adventures of Aquaman continue with “DEATH OF A KING.”


Unfolding out of the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder—one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today.


Plus, Mera has a quest of her own involving a long-forgotten adversary of Aquaman.


Preview



Not the King They Need


Throne of Atlantis is over and even though it had some really awesome splash pages it was average and didn't serve almost no purpose for it to be that big. It didn't affect the League that much and it was for Arthur only. He became the king and so far, for these two issues that have passed the Atlanteans are bowing before their king but they aren't taking him that serious.

After Arthur became the king of Atlantis somehow the stories just became cliche and didn't have that good feel as the last issues. We are now in front of the big bad guy that is coming and the whole consequences of his presence is just so much like a normal action movie from which you are sick. The whole story so far looks like a cliche and it feels like soon after the end of the story Arthur will leave the throne and will handle it back to Orm. You can feel that Johns has some special love for Aquaman and he made Aquaman a great character for me but here he reached the finish line. If he doesn't change something this will feel like your normal king story and you won't face anything new that will impress you.

Also Mera was becoming that dull character that can't interest you at all. She's currently getting that treatment that odd characters get or gods or something like that. Geoff Johns is trying to make her a character that can't fit the human world but that just isn't for her. She was looking amazing while she was with Arthur and now she isn't interesting to me. She is an awesome character but she shouldn't be getting through this kind of treatment.

The artwork by Paul Pelletier is the best thing in the issue but it just doesn't work that well as Ivan Reis. The job of Pelletier isn't easy because before him Reis was on artist's spot but he is doing quite well but the loss of Reis just affects me too much and is making things just a little bit less enjoyable for me.

The series continue to be good but after Throne of Atlantis Aquaman became that character that before the New 52 wasn't interesting to me and he shouldn't be like that. I still like what Aquaman is offering but just don't like where Johns is heading. He should take a different turn to the series.

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My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 4


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