Published: September 5th, 2017
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Phil Briones, various
DC Comics, 210 Pages
The first two volumes of Dan Abnett’s run on Aquaman were really intense. So I guess the series needed some time to catch its breath before the next intense story arc and that’s exactly what this collection is.
This isn’t just one story arc, however, it is three small arcs that pretty much just focus on Aquaman and Mera in smaller scale stories. However, this does end on a big cliffhanger, setting up the fourth volume, which I have to assume will return to the series’ earlier intensity based off of what that cliffhanger is.
All that being said, this is still an entertaining read and it serves to strengthen the relationship between Aquaman and Mera, as well as developing their characters better than Dan Abnett had time for in the first two volumes, which were extremely action and threat heavy.
What’s nice about this collection of issues, is that there aren’t any guest stars. Aquaman and Mera don’t have to share the stage with Superman and other Justice League members or big villains. They are given the ball and they run with it, which is what they should be doing as the main stars of this series.
Ultimately, this is more solid work from Abnett. He’s done a great job with the Aquaman title, this far into his run and I look forward to working my way through the rest of it.
Pairs well with: anything from Dan Abnett’s glorious run on Aquaman, as well as the Drowned Earth crossover event.