DC REBIRTH AQUAMAN #25 Review – Underworld Part One
Something is lurking in the deep waters…
Underworld Part One
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art, Colors, and Cover by : Stjepan Sejic
Letters by: Steve Wands
Variant Cover by: Joshua Middleton
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Associate Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Andy Khouri
Aquaman created by: Paul Norris
The king is dead…Arthur Curry, murder by his royal commander. Meanwhile some mourn the death of the king. The future of the city hangs in the hands of the newly appointed king.
This is a good jumping on point for any curious readers. I can honestly say that the earlier issues are not a necessary read. Personally I haven’t read the previous issues and feel comfortable with the issue. As a result this is my first experience with the character. Quite frankly admit that I am enjoying it!
Two words got me hooked…Stjepan Sejic. His alluring cover of Aquaman with long hair (which I am aware that that’s not the normal look) reeled me in. Stjepan elegantly and masterfully illustrates the marine characters and their surroundings. Resulting in stunning artwork making it hard to look away or put the book down! Starting with the lines that become the hair and finishing with the coloring, it’s wonderfully done.
Along with every good artist there’s a writer, that enhances the medium’s experience. No doubt that Abnett’s work is nothing but brilliantly crafted. The pacing is good and ideal for this issue. Informing the reader with each panel and leaving a bit of thrilling curiosity in the reader’s mind at the turn of each page. Ultimately the duo make a great and unique creative team.
Exerting his power the new ruler equips himself and his men with magical artifacts. Furthermore his actions don’t stop there, he wants to eradicate all undesirables (mutated outcast living in Atlantis), starting with the ninth tride. In the meantime, in the trenches of the ninth tride a mysterious someone protects those who can’t fend for themselves from thugs. Unaware of who it is and only that he has a close resemblance to the dead king, curiosity fills the waters. Eventually word spreads of the ghostly protector and tensions begin to build.
In conclusion this was visually appealing and story engaging book. As a result I truly had fun reading it. Jumping from panel to panel throughout the book my excitement grew. Strongly recommend this book. The main reason I’m reviewing is to put the word out there about this master piece. Worth every penny I spent on it – I can’t wait to read on and see how this story unfolds.