Review: Aquaman #3

AQM_Cv3_dsAquaman’s mission of peace is dealt a devastating blow when Atlantean terrorists attack the surface world in retribution for Black Manta’s deadly assault on their embassy.

Writer Dan Abnett has been going a very interesting direction with Aquaman focusing heavily on the fact that Aquaman is a hero and also the head of a nation. This issue jumps all in with this issue and there’s some good and bad as far as that.

The good is, I’m a political nerd and the idea of revoking diplomatic rights and political jockeying is the type of story that I really dig. The bad is, I begin to nitpick the politics of it all and the “process.”

Throughout this issue I found myself wondering if this is how things would work, or even the right process to do some of the political maneuvering. So it had me interested, it also had me a bit distracted too. There’s also Aquaman as a political neophyte and it’s really shown here. He comes off as too green though and should know much more than he does.

The art by Philippe Briones is a drag. This series has taken some steps back in the art department and the twice-monthly shipping is absolutely impacting this series as far as that goes. Character designs are inconsistent and things look rushed. Changing artists is very noticeable with this series and a consistent team would go a long way.

If you dig the idea of Aquaman as the head of state and political aspects of the character, this is a fresh and fun take on that. I’m digging it and want to see where Abnett takes it. We just need more consistent art.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Philippe Briones
Story: 8.1 Art: 7 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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