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Review: Aquaman #42

A “Drowned Earth” tie-in, Aquaman #42 follows Aquaman’s journey after he’s stabbed by Poseidon. Is this tie-in vital? Find out our thoughts!

Aquaman #42 is by Dan Abnett, Lan Medina, Vicente Cifuentes, Gabe Eltaeb, and Steve Wands.

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Preview: Aquaman #41

Aquaman #41

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Vicente Cifuentes, Lan Medina (CA) Ricardo Federici
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE, the road to “Drowned Earth” starts here!

Aquaman is missing-and the world has gone to hell! With Arthur imprisoned by Black Manta, Queen Mera is left to deal with the arrival of an alien armada aiming to punish the Earth for the sins of Atlantis. As the cosmic tides begin to rise, Mera finds herself in a fight for her very life when the flood unleashes new horrors of the deep!

The Justice League and Aquaman Face a Drowned Earth this November

Get ready for a soggy Thanksgiving at the Hall of Justice (as in underwater, like the rest of the world will be) when the James Tynion IV is joined by the Justice League crew of writer Scott Snyder with artists Howard Porter, Francis Manapul, and Frazer Irving, plus the Aquaman team of Dan Abnett and Lan Medina. Together they’ll pit the League against a race of ancient and long-forgotten sea gods and an army of alien mercenaries, reveal shocking secrets about Arthur’s legacy, and thwart a plot to flood the planet and turn people into aquatic monsters in Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth.

The saga begins with Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 by Tynion IV and Porter, on sale October 31. This 48-page one-shot introduces the Ocean Lords–ancient and powerful deities with an axe to grind against both Aquaman and Wonder Woman and a plan to flood the world. As the rest of the League races to stop the waters from rising, Arthur faces off against his nemesis Black Manta in a must-win battle if he is to retain his connection to the world’s oceans.

The action continues November 7 in Justice League #11, written by Snyder with art by Manapul. Pursued by the Ocean Lords and their army of alien warriors and at risk of turning into inhuman fish monsters, the League is scattered across the seven seas. A crippled Aquaman believes he holds the key to victory, but it would mean unleashing a different revenge-driven god upon Earth’s oceans. Meanwhile, remember the Totality, that rogue piece of the Source Wall that’s been bouncing around? Well, a certain Dark Knight has been guarding it in a now-sunken Hall of Justice. He seems to think that no one can attack him there, but that might not be exactly true…

Justice League #12 opens the third part of Drowned Earth on November 21, with Tynion stepping as writer and featuring art by Frazer Irving. This promises to be one of the craziest fights in comics as a bed-ridden Batman, complete with full body cast, takes on the Legion of Doom – The Joker, Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro! Meanwhile, Aquaman crosses tridents with Poseidon and Mera discovers an ancient secret that could change the fate of Atlantis, if not the entire planet!

November 21 also showcases Abnett and Medina’s Aquaman #42, a tie-in story where Aquaman and Wonder Woman have discovered the secret to turning the tide against the Ocean Lords in the mysterious Graveyard of Gods. However, Arthur begins to think that the League may be fighting the wrong foe when he learns a startling secret about Atlantis. Arthur must join forces with Mera and confront the Ocean Lords with this newfound knowledge and learn the truth before the flood changes all life on Earth!

The Drowned Earth event reaches its conclusion on November 28 in the 48-page Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1. In this blockbuster finale, Aquaman must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the rising tides drown and corrupt everything that he holds dear. With the Justice League on the ropes and the fate of the world at stake, Arthur may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to restore balance to the land and the seas!

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #6

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #6

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund (CA) Nicola Scott
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Ocean Master means murder! Aquaman’s half-brother Orm continues his underwater power play with his sights set on Xebel, the watery kingdom nestled deep within the Bermuda Triangle. Will Mera’s home become Ocean Master’s domain? It’s mano-a-Mera when the Mighty Mermaid duels Orm in the finest royal tradition, with her ward Tula forced to marry the evil Nereus if she loses. Don’t miss this finale to the six-issue miniseries, which flows directly into AQUAMAN #38 this month!

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #5

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #5

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Lan Medina (CA) Nicola Scott
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Just as Mera and Orm prepare to fight side by side to save Atlantis from utter desolation, Nereus makes Orm a devious proposal that’s hard to refuse: control of the Xebellian army in exchange for Tula’s unwilling hand in marriage! Can the Ocean Master really resist the call of the sea? Or will Mera have to fight her own people to help Tula escape a fate that was once her own?

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund (CA) Nicola Scott
In Shops: May 23, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Desperate for a new ally in the fight for the soul of Atlantis, Mera turns to her ex-husband Nereus, the king of Xebel! But even after winning his favor in a deadly clash, can someone like Nereus ever be trusted? And what of Ocean Master’s promise to return to the surface? Is there anyone Mera can trust?

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Lan Medina (CA) Nicola Scott
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After a brutal clash between Mera and Ocean Master almost costs Mera her life, Tula suggests that the three of them work together to save Atlantis – and recruiting an army will require a united front. Can Mera and Orm be united by a common enemy? Or will their hatred of each other be their undoing?

Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War collects issues #16-20 and material from #12 by Marc Guggenheim, Luke Ross, Lan Medina, Ken Lashley, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Frank Martin, and Andrew Crossley.

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Exclusive Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Lan Medina
Ink: Norm Rapmund Color: Veronica Gandini Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Nicola Scott, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham Editor: Alex Antone
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

As the reluctant Queen Mera continues to work toward a peace between the surface and the sea, her rule is challenged by the former king of Atlantis, Orm the Ocean Master! But Orm is torn between his duty to Atlantis and his love for his new surface family—and both he and Mera will clash over the futures they choose to fight for!

Review: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland’s fate, he’ll stop at nothing to return to Atlantis as its king and savior!

If you haven’t been reading Aquaman, you’ve been missing out one of the best comics DC is publishing. The series has mixed action with political maneuvering. Currently there’s been a change in leadership with Aquaman no leading a resistance against the despotic ruler and Mera is cut off from her people and now anointed queen.

In Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 she’s recovering from some injuries as well as trying to figure out what to do next. That not only includes defending herself from an assassination attempt but also doing a little politicking. With his run on Aquaman, writer Dan Abnett consistently delivers comics that mix entertainment with politics and we see that continue here. Mera recovers, fights, and has to deal with the United States’ State Department in hopes of preventing the nation from intervening in the affairs of Atlantis. It’s a mix of the fantastical and the grounded and it’s never boring. Abnett also delivers a comic that’s easily picked up by a new reader. What they need to know is explained and laid out in a way that moves the story along as well. The flow of the comic is great.

The art by Lan Medina, ink by Richard Friend, and color by Veronica Gandini is fantastic with a style that’s fantastic to look at. But, most importantly the comic never makes Mera look like a sex object. She looks great, regal, strong, and vulnerable. The comic looks fantastic and doesn’t attempt to mimic the very distinct style currently running in Aquaman. The issue has to balance action and the more mundane scenes and it does that and then some. And being able to help deliver those shifts in emotion is the lettering by Simon Bowland which helps set the tone.

If you haven’t been reading Aquaman, you’re missing out and you might not appreciate this mini-series. What’s great though is to see Mera get the spotlight and it not being some blow off mini-series. Instead it’s a comic series that’s as important as the main one it spun out of and seems like it’ll be a must for those reading Aquaman.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Lan Medina Cover: Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo
Ink: Richard Friend Color: Veronica Gandini Lettering: Simon Bowland
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham: Editor: Alex Anton
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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