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Review: Aquaman Annual #1

Aquaman’s dream of unity between surface and sea has come true! A utopia of human and Atlantean ingenuity, and a symbol of harmony between the two cultures, the city of Crownspire is Arthur Curry’s greatest achievement. There Aquaman, Mera, and Tom Curry live in content. But who built Crownspire? Where is Murk? And what exactly is Tom Curry?

Something is very wrong with Aquaman’s world, and if he doesn’t find out soon he may never live to see another day.

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson gives us an impressive and dark annual for the king of the seas. Johnson manages to work in an aged Superman, and Hal Jordon, leaving Wonder Woman untouched by time’s passing, a solid detail that gets you to ponder about DC’s various superheroes. Johnson also creates a solid mystery as this idyllic world is not as it seems. For the brightness of the Crownspire, hides the darkest truth about it.

The art by Max Fiumara is superb. Bringing a great deal of contrast between what is real and what isn’t. Fiumara manages to change that at the end of the annual, as grief clouds Arthur and Mera’s minds. We also get to see a more golden age Atlantis renamed Crownspire.

It’s a great addition to the world of Aquaman, some of which I want to see more of from these two talents.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Max Fiumara Cover: Max Fiumara
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review