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Aquaman #25 - Death of a King, Chapter Seven: Baptism of Fire Review


It's the end of Geoff Johns' run and the finale of Death of a King

The Good

With the conclusion of Death of a King, enemies have to come together in order to defeat the Dead King.

If you want a good fight this week, you'll need to check out AQUAMAN #25 as Aquaman fights the Dead King in one epic battle. It takes Aquaman, Mera, Vulko, Tula, Swatt, and even the Trench to try and take down the Dead King. If anyone has ever questioned just how powerful Aquaman truly is, then this is a battle to check out. Undoubtedly, these are the two the most powerful beings under the water, so this powerful battle is pretty dang epic. Writer Geoff Johns really makes this concluding issue an action packed one.

The art team of Paul Pelletier (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), and Rod Reis (colors) do some dynamite work on this issue. Aside from the fantastic action sequences, this art team does a stellar job with some two page spreads and splash pages here, especially once instance after the battle. The color work, in particular here, is amazing. There's a great mixture of blues and oranges which really reflect the lighting and what is going on in the scene. The art here is very pleasing to the eye, especially when Aquaman has a beard.

There's a lot of really great moments within this issue, but there's one that really struck a chord with me. Spoilers: Aquaman wants to lead Atlantis again, but Mera wants to stay in the surface world. There's one page, later on, with Aquaman sitting on his throne, alone, that is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in recent comics. You really feel for the character because he thinks he's doing the right thing: what's right for his people, but he lost the woman he love. It is a fantastic scene.

While everything wraps up pretty nicely here, the epilogue is what will really get readers pump for when Jeff Parker takes over. Johns leaves one of the stories a bit open, and he sets up what could be one amazing story featuring Orm, who is still in the same place after the events of his Villains Month issue. This will lead the reader to another large event which will take place in JUSTICE LEAGUE, so while fans of Johns may be sad that he's leaving AQUAMAN, he won't be completely stepping away from all things Atlantis.

The Bad

It's a bit of a spoiler but Aquaman shaves off his beard. The moment I've been waiting for in this series is destroyed in a matter of seconds. I am crying on the inside.

The Verdict

It's the end of writer Geoff Johns' run on AQUAMAN, and as an Aquaman fan, I can say he really made a difference with his reboot of the character. He may still be the butt of the jokes to some people, but Johns proved that Arthur Curry can be pretty awesome. This particular issue wraps up everything very nicely and leaves the reader with an upcoming event that will take place in JUSTICE LEAGUE. This is a really satisfying ending to the story, and I, for one, can't wait to see the direction Jeff Parker takes the series next. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Posted by Ando123

What I great run , thanks G.J ya did it¡

Posted by Squalleon

I anxiously await for Rise of the Seven Seas.
I loved Throne of Atlantis dispite some minor problems :-)

Posted by tomlikesfries

What an awesome ending. Definitely going to miss Johns.

Aquaman looks so much better with a beard btw.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Great ending. I was about to freak out when Mera left him alone, but she came back. FEELS!!

Jeff Parker has his work cut out for him to keep up the quality!

What an awesome ending. Definitely going to miss Johns.

Aquaman looks so much better with a beard btw.

Clean shaven imo.

Posted by meatwadf

@fallschirmjager: I don't know, there's just something "kingly" about a well manicured beard. I always think of King Arthur whenever I see Aquaman with a beard.

Posted by CheeseSticks

Should have kept the beard, but i'd shave too if it was to keep Mera in my bed.

Edited by batmannflash

I'm so excited for this.

Geoff Johns has done legendary work to GL and now Aquaman. I'm sad to see him leave but I can tell that this will be a fitting conclusion.

However I'm also excited for what comes after Geoff leaves

Edited by DanielHero

how awesome would it be if in future November issues, Aquaman decides to grow out his beard for Movember. just to please fans on both sides of the facial hair dispute.

Edited by Sovereign91001

Damn, I'm going to miss that beard...

And Geoff as well

Edited by Black_Claw

R.I.P Aquabeard. You will be missed.

Posted by Outside_85

@black_claw: Good news, another bearded Aquaman just got out of his watery grave... with amnesia.

Edited by Wilbertus

I'm calling battle of the week. Thank you Johns for a great run. I am curious to see what Parker has in store for us.

Posted by manwithoutshame

What a completely exhilarating finale to a great run by Geoff Johns. Also, this has me excited for what happens next.

Posted by dondave

What a completely exhilarating finale to a great run by Geoff Johns. Also, this has me excited for what happens next.

Edited by Jake Fury

Thanks GJ for a great run on Aquaman! You made me a fan.

Posted by Kelevra216

I am so tempted to buy the other single issues to complete this arc and not have any money left for future issues. Instead, I think I'll continue this issue till the end of the epic cross-over.

After seeing him with his beard, it ain't bad. I think I just don't like the long hair combination with the beard.

Posted by Blackdog2009

Amazing issue. Man those silent panels are amazing. That moment with Arthur on the throne... powerful stuff, touching,compelling, gut wrenching! And that epilogue.... WOW!

Edited by TheMantisShrimp

Great issue, I thought I was going to be dropping JL after Forever Evil but if there is an Aquaman crossover in the works I definitely staying on JL.

Does anyone else think it doesn't fit in continuity with Forever Evil. I'm pretty sure Aquaman was there when the Crime Syndicate showed up in Justice League, which means he should be with the rest of the League at that point. I originally assumed this all took place way before Trinity War but if Orm was released from jail during Forever Evil then that means this issue occurred after the Crime Syndicate showed up. Maybe i'm wrong or shouldn't care so much but it seems like Aquaman is being written to be at two places at the same time while not having any recollection of of The Syndicate in his solo series. Usually I don't get so wrapped up in continuity but if this is all correct then its kinda funny that this happened even though Johns write Justice League, Forever Evil and Aquaman. If someone thinks I missed something please point it out.

Edited by TDK_1997

After a big disappointment of a story - comes a good ending that definitely satisfied me.Especially the ending.

Posted by Jicanwin

This was an amazing issue. Cant wait to see what GJ does with aquaman in JL in the coming future. *cough aqualad cough*

Posted by CantDance93

'Aquaman shaves off his beard. The moment I've been waiting for in this series is destroyed in a matter of seconds. I am crying on the inside.' Me too XDXD loved the beard!