In Aquaman #9, Geoff Johns continues to reweave the tale of the King of the Seven Seas, and the shocking conclusion to this week’s issue really turns things upside-down between Aquaman and Black Manta.
Just as he did with Green Lantern, Johns is putting it all out there for Aquaman, long considered one of the weak links of the “Super Seven” along with Martian Manhunter. In the New 52, though, not only is Aquaman’s book interesting – ask me if I could imagine that a year ago – but it is also selling well, for which I cannot give enough thanks.
From the moment Aquaman showed up on land to take out a few thugs (#1) until his face-off this issue (well, one page) with Manta, there has been a continuity and a logic behind everything Johns has sewn together in this great tapestry.
Many writers do not understand it is a hero’s history that makes them strong and that can be mined again and again for new storylines and changing characterizations. As a writer, Johns seems to understand this well and is making Aquaman THE book to buy at the end of each month.
A strong story needs strong art, and Ivan Reis and Joe Prado have turned in gangbuster performances issue after issue, with #9 being a particularly strong one. Use of great angles and panel arrangement makes us follow the story Johns wants to tell, and those eyes of Manta could not be more eerie!
As long as Aquaman is interesting and keeps this quality level, I am along for the ride. I hope it will be a long one!