Posted by inferiorego (28558 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

What AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS does well is give these characters a reason to come together as a team. The biggest worry about this book was that how would these characters come together without it feeling really shoehorned.

Spoilers ahead. What's really going on here is that the Others, who are all working on their own, find that their talismans are faulty. They're not working any more. On top of that, a mysterious group of men are trying to steal the artifacts from a few of Others. They learn that the talismans slowly lose their powers, the longer they are apart from each other. It gives these characters multiple reasons to work together.

What makes this first issue a lot of fun and intriguing is that this book explores four relatively new characters: Prisoner of War, The Operative, Ya'Wara, and Sky Alchesay. They may be tied, in a sense, to the Aquaman mythos, but the reader is really treated to something very new here. Writer Dan Jurgens starts off this series with a bang and really gives readers something to sink their teeth into.

On the art side of things, Lan Medina (pencils), Allen Martinez (inks), and Matt Milla (colors), do a great job at delivering a visually appealing book. Medina does a fine job at setting up characters within the panel and delivering incredibly fresh pages.

What's really cool about this is that is ties into to something much bigger that many people are looking forward to in upcoming months. Nope. Not spoiling it, folks, but that last page is awesome.

The Bad

It's a good start to a series, but not great. Fans of the AQUAMAN series will really enjoy what's going on in this issue because of its ties to The Others storyline, as well as AQUAMAN ANNUAL #1; however, this new series may be a bit tough for new readers to jump onto. They may not want to pick this up thinking that it's too deep (no pun intended) into Aquaman's world, but it's really not. Readers will miss out a little on who these characters are and their powers, but Jurgens does a good job at giving newcomers enough to keep new folks invested.

The Verdict

AQUAMAN & THE OTHERS #1 is quite a bit of fun, and it really starts to flesh out some characters created in the New 52 that haven't been around. The reason these characters are teamed up does not feel forced and the story Jurgens presents the reader is something that will keep this book going for a while. Overall, this is an impressing start to a new series.

#1 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (36171 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope the dialogue is good, I think Jurgens always seems to struggle with it.

#2 Posted by JangoCrossfire (60 posts) - - Show Bio

I like The Others and I wouldn't have minded this title a year ago, but I've already dropped Aquaman and really have no interest in dipping my toes back in the water, so to speak. So I say to you now, Matt (@inferiorego)...spoil that last page for me. Please?

#3 Edited by redwingx (995 posts) - - Show Bio

Calling it,

It's gonna cancelled

#4 Posted by redwingx (995 posts) - - Show Bio

This book will get cancelled

#5 Edited by inferiorego (28558 posts) - - Show Bio

I like The Others and I wouldn't have minded this title a year ago, but I've already dropped Aquaman and really have no interest in dipping my toes back in the water, so to speak. So I say to you now, Matt (@inferiorego)...spoil that last page for me. Please?


#6 Posted by The Stegman (26594 posts) - - Show Bio

I was so bored with the Others arc. Gonna pass on this.

#7 Posted by PrimeDirective (448 posts) - - Show Bio

Did you really have to be so negative as to say it twice in two different ways? Give it a chance for Pete's sake...

#8 Posted by blackhawk000111 (893 posts) - - Show Bio

Does aqualad is in it?

#9 Posted by consafo80 (167 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't DC give what it links to in the solicits? It's not a big secret. is it?

#10 Posted by jwalser3 (5296 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty good start.

@redwingx said:

Calling it,

It's gonna cancelled


#11 Edited by scouts1998 (600 posts) - - Show Bio

2 and a half years ago everyone would've laughed at a aquaman spin-off

#12 Posted by PapiNacho (3235 posts) - - Show Bio

This was a lot better than I expected it to be. The lead female character seemed a little bit to jelly about Aquaman and a bit to rough on the hunters but I liked the rest. Another minor gripe is the unnecessary political heavy handedness in then beginning. That might be because I'm not American thought, so every time somebody says"our nation" it takes me out of the story Still I agree with the four.

#13 Posted by timelord (857 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting first issue I'll probably read the first arc and after that switch to trade compared to everything else this week felt a little flat.

#14 Edited by mak13131313 (862 posts) - - Show Bio

I really enjoyed this issue. I completely agree with the review and I can't wait till the next issue. Also I can't wait for whats revealed on the last page!

#15 Edited by Fallschirmjager (19181 posts) - - Show Bio

Great art, great story. Hope it lasts.

#16 Edited by bladewolf (927 posts) - - Show Bio
#17 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (36171 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty good first issue although I'm still bummed that the two Others I found most interesting are dead and that Sky characters powers are totally redundant. I hope they bring back Vostok or at least get someone to carry his helmet.

#18 Edited by Extremis (3366 posts) - - Show Bio

This issue wasn't bad but kind of forgettable. I'd maybe give it 3/5 personally. I like Aquaman, which is what might keep me around, but I'm not sure I'm as sold on this Others team the way DC is.