Comic Review: Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, Vol. 1: Once and Future

Published on: December 20th, 2006
Written by: Kurt Busiek
Art by: Jackson Guice

DC Comics, 144 Pages


I haven’t read a lot of Aquaman comics, at least not in the modern era. However, I wanted to show respect for one of the most ridiculed superheroes of all-time. Picking up Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, Vol. 1: Once and Future was cool because it gave me a good jumping off point for a new incarnation of the character.

Many people weren’t interested in this story as it introduced a new Aquaman. It didn’t bother me and I saw it as similar to Marvel’s Thor and what he goes through with Ragnarok. Even though this isn’t the same character as the Aquaman people are used too, it had that rebirth after Ragnarok vibe to it. It felt very similar to the relaunch of Thor a few years ago.

To start, the story was interesting enough but it wasn’t anything I’d go out of my way to revisit. Maybe I’d feel differently had I read passed volume 1 but I didn’t have much of an urge. While there were things I liked about the book, such as the beautifully drawn, inked and colored pages, it was just a tad better than mediocre.

I feel as if this set up could have evolved into something much better but it didn’t lay enough groundwork to keep me that interested. I just wasn’t captivated by it.

Rating: 4.5/10
Pairs well with: I guess the Aquaman stuff that directly follows this but I doubt I’ll ever read it.

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