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Aquaman #17 - Throne of Atlantis, Epilogue Review

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Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, once again, after the events of Throne of Atlantis.

The Good

Aquaman is king of Atlantis again and he takes on some whalers with the help of other Atlantians. Aquaman meets up with Amanda Waller to relations between the surface world and the world under the sea.

When I first started religiously reading AQUAMAN, back in 2004, what I loved about the book was that while Aquaman exists in the DCU, he had his own world and kingdom to handle. It's disconnected from the rest of the world, and that's exactly what we get here. While the events within this series affected the rest of the world, we get to see Aquaman on his own, with his people, without any other Justice League members.

This issue is lonely and extremely sad. Aquaman spends so much time on his own, reconnecting with the sea and sea life. There are a couple really touching moments here as Aquaman connects with a whale, whose brethren were killed off by whalers.

The coolest moment of the issue is the two page spread featuring Aquaman making a pledge to the sea life to protect them. Paul Pelletier's are here is awesome. The sea creatures look so cool, and I can't stop staring at how awesome the moray eel. Colorist Rod Reis does a wonderful job here by giving everything a realistic feel, while still keeping in style with the rest of the issue.

The final page of this issue isn't a huge reveal, but it's a great kick off to a new story arc. There's a lot you can do with this world, and writer Geoff Johns is hitting it out of the park with every issue.

The Sea Devils?! They're back? Why am I so pumped to see the return of the Sea Devils? Oh, that's right... Geoff Johns will make it awesome.

This issue has one of my favorite covers of the year.

One last, small thing. Aquaman has a five o'clock shadow here. As you may know, I love beards. I love Aquaman with a beard. I like where this is going.

The Bad

While this is the type of Aquaman book I know and love, fans may have a bit of a hard time with it because it's pretty separated from the rest of the DCU.

Although it comes in at 20 pages, this issue feels very short. It was a very quick read, and maybe I was just expecting a little bit more for the epilogue this is amazingly epic story. You'll plow through the issue in no time at all.

The Verdict

The Aquaman fanboy in me is super-happy with this issue. I feel like we're really getting back to Aquaman's roots... the ocean. I loved this issue front to back, and frankly, this is the direction I was hoping for after Throne of Atlantis. The writing and art are always top notch here.

This is a quick read though. You'll get through it pretty quickly. However, you will ignore that once you see that Aquaman forgot to shave... I did.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

22 Comments
Posted by Icon

Yay for Aquaman's beard! XD

Posted by Mucklefluga

Epic manly beardnessness!

Edited by Raw_Material

Can't wait to pick up the issue man! I'm lagging really hard right now, but very busy atm so I can't run down to my LCS and grab my pull box. However, my box of annuals and stuff just came in the mail today from Midtown Comics! Will be posting up a blog here shortly, but will definitely be making a review for this issue after I created the one for #16. Again, I'm really busy and behind on my reviews. great review and keep up the good work!

Posted by Bigby_Wolf7

Loved this! The art is growing on me.

Posted by Zeeguy91

"separated from the rest of the DCU"? Didn't Aquaman just have a crossover with the Justice League. I think that Aquman should spend a little bit of time on his own before Trinity War rolls around.

Posted by longbowhunter

This issue did read fast, as did most of the previous ones. That two page spread at the end was fantastic. Which was surprising considering the fact I've been really disappointed in Pelletier's pencils so far. Guess I'm still having Ivan Reis withdrawals.

Posted by noj

If Aquamans stubble is hinting towards a beard I seriously hope its more in line with his beard and design in Young Justice and less like his crazy long hair and beard look.

Posted by dimmoe

@noj said:

If Aquamans stubble is hinting towards a beard I seriously hope its more in line with his beard and design in Young Justice and less like his crazy long hair and beard look.

this. i can really see that happening. the young justice aquaman character design is amazing!

Posted by JLDoom

This was quite a fast read, but it was satisfying for an epilogue. Pelletier's art is growing on me quickly

Posted by DustinStauffer

I really enjoyed the issue, it had a very somber vibe to. Which, given what happened with throne of Atlantis it is very befitting. Murk seems like he could be a cool character given time, and I am curious what Johns does with the Sea Devils. The 2 page spread with Aquaman talking to the sea life was just a really cool scene, kind of brought him back to the ocean so to speak. Of course the dead king teasing should be pretty interesting going forward. Overall I think this was a great follow up issue to throne of Atlantis. I say this because it sorta puts Aquaman alone, and having to deal with all the big changes that happened and being away from Mera. Great work again by all involved in this book.

Posted by TommytheHitman

YES! Aquaman with a beard! Now all I have to do is wait for Green Arrow!

Posted by mksystem74

I enjoyed this issue, Aurthur will be facing a deep strugle with both the sea and land trying to rebuild what this war cost . Yes, I'm a new reader who just started Aquaman with the new 52, so I have no idea who "The Sea Devils" are so I'll be interested to see who he battles next and why.

Posted by SavageDragon

Need I say more?

Posted by Dernman

It was a good issue from a issue just after a good crossover. One thing though is I wish they went the route of Aquaman not being the king. That he had to fight both his brother and Atlantis as the ongoing villains in his series. Instead of just the crossover.

Posted by Black_Claw

It's good to hear that the beard is back! But what happens to Aquadog? Lmao

Posted by DMC

LOVING THIS SERIES ^_^

I just hope that at some point Geoff gets around to developing the powers of Arthur's trident. This trident should be tor Aquaman what Excalibur is to King Arthur, if not Poseidon's trident. And what about the other trident of the Dead King?

Posted by SmashBrawler

@SavageDragon said:

Need I say more?

Man, I sure hope they go this route. I've always thought Arthur should look more like a warrior king than a superhero.

Posted by SavageDragon

@SmashBrawler: Me too. That look is freakin badass. I like the hook hand and the water hand too, but theres lots of time for that.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Terrific issue. Johns is doing a tremendous job with Arthur.

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Posted by DustinStauffer

@DMC said:

LOVING THIS SERIES ^_^

I just hope that at some point Geoff gets around to developing the powers of Arthur's trident. This trident should be tor Aquaman what Excalibur is to King Arthur, if not Poseidon's trident. And what about the other trident of the Dead King?

Well he did set up that the "dead kings" trident can some how control the trench. I'd like to see more about Aquaman's trident. I think he will get around to it eventually. In one of the early issues (can't remember if was the trench or the start of "the others") but someone said to him that "he is going to want that back" or something to that effect about Aquaman's trident. So I imagine that Johns will get around to that story eventually.

Posted by DustinStauffer

@Zeeguy91 said:

"separated from the rest of the DCU"? Didn't Aquaman just have a crossover with the Justice League. I think that Aquman should spend a little bit of time on his own before Trinity War rolls around.

Well in his own book he hasn't been super connected to the normal DCU for the most part. Other than Trinity War most of his story has been contained within his own section of the DCU. I think we will probably see more of this going forward and Aquaman having to deal with the fallout of "Throne of Atlantis."

Pelletier was in my local comic shop Wednesday doing sketches. He brought in the interiors and cover from 18 and some from 19.

Tula was in the issue in a few panels. He said he had not draw Garth yet since being on the book, so that might mean Johns is going to use Tula first. Vulko was in an Atlantis prison cell, so there is more to come with him. The cover for #18 is pretty epic. The DC site just has a filler page up for it last I looked. It's Aquaman sitting on the Atlantis Throne holding his trident. Really went along with the whole "I am your king" moment from the arc. I don't recall if there were panels with the dead kings. I didn't want to memorize to much and spoil the story lol
Posted by KnightofSteel

Excellent issue. I was sad to see Reis go but I gotta say I'm digging Pelletier's art. And oh yeah... pending beard perhaps? Cool.