Nice review! We enjoyed the issue (expectations were not high) and want to note that Manta was hardly your "Average Joe" before Aquaman accidentally killed his father. Manta's father was a criminal & murderer himself and Manta was already following in his footsteps when he took the job to get a sample of Arthur Curry's blood and left Thomas Curry for dead in the ensuing scuffle. It would have been nice to see more of Manta & son's exploits prior to meeting Arthur to give their backstory some context.
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@illo_29 @jake_fury Originally this issue was to be the full conclusion of the arc...then artist deadlines and such necessitated the Ostrander The Others "fill-in" issue and since Villains Month was already planned, Death Of A King had to be extended. Johns has said Aquaman (and most other books) will feature stories that occur prior to Forever Evil & then will catch up when the 7-issue series concludes. That's another reason for 11 issues of Batman: Zero Year.
Admittedly we are biased, but Aquaman's power levels are off the charts these days -- for instance in last week's AQUAMAN #21, Arthur threw a submarine (they weigh 5000 tons or more) up from the depths of the ocean to the surface -- requiring a displacement of an estimated 50,000 tons of water to accomplish. Not to mention he recently knocked Superman for a loop & his trident is an indestructible ancient Atlantean artifact. So yeah, it may be Clobberin' Time, but this time its the Sea King who's left standing!
DC is testing the waters, just not in the way you think!
The unplanned issue was necessary, in a recent interview with us, Pelletier admitted to struggling with DC's New 52 deadlines.
Hope everyone buys issue #20 -- you won't regret it (no coincidence that The Others: AQUAMAN Vol. 2 is also out in May)!
Solicits are written well before scripts in many cases. Perhaps the plotline was abandoned? Maybe its been pushed back? The Operative did appear in "The Villains Journey" storyline in JL and was referred to by Batman as the Scavenger as well and this was never explained. Yet.
I don't get the constant need to continually reference Aquaman's perceived "joke" status in comics journalism, T-dawg? He was ubiquitous in 2011 appearing in the best selling book Brightest Day, Flashpoint, Emperor Aquaman, and his current series is in the Top 10 of DC's New 52 sales. Oh, and AquamanMovie.com is a registered placeholder for Warner Brother's Entertainment as well, fyi.
So let's all move forward and not feel the need to reference past mis-perceptions, OK-- its not 2008 anymore ?