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Aquaman #27 - Life & Death Review

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Aquaman takes on a giant monster from the sea!

The Good

Jeff Parker is two issues in, and I really feel like he’s found his footing already in this book and put his mark on it. Of course, some may say it’s too soon to say that, but I’m a big supporter of what he’s doing here. In a nutshell, Aquaman fights the Karaqan, that giant sea monster, for most of the issue. It’s plotted out extremely well and bounces between that and Dr. Shin working with Triton.

Parker gives the reader a really fun ride with Aquaman fighting against the odds. This creature is huge and seemingly unstoppable. For the most part, Aquaman has been fighting one on one with someone or a horde of villains. I love seeing him up against a giant creature. It really adds a lot to the undersea world and lets the reader know there’s tons of mysteries under the sea. It also makes Aquaman feel like more of a savior of the people, rather than the dude who just hangs out on his throne.

Artist Paul Pelletier does a great job with his part of the book (Netho Diaz drew the latter half). Pelletier keeps this battle fresh and fun with his page layouts and provides a great sense of movement in scenes where Aquaman is trying to find any way to pierce Karaqan’s shell.

Where did this monster come from? That’s explained a bit here, and readers learn to find out that it’s a bit more complicated than the Karaqan just coming out of the water. It involves Triton in some way. Dr. Shin’s new role at Triton is extremely interesting, and a great complimentary piece to the main story.

The star of this book is the color work of Rod Reis. There’s a great scene where Karaqan falls into the seas and the amount of color and different shades Reis puts into these panels is amazing. He has been a stand out in the AQUAMAN series and really helped define the look and feel for the book, just as much as Johns, and the other artists on the series.

The Bad

The art is split between Paul Pelletier and Netho Diaz and their styles clash. It’s incredibly obvious when Aquaman, battling the Karaqan, looks disheveled and on the next page, his hair is all nicely combed and well, he doesn’t look like Aquaman, aside from the costume. His forehead and chin become a lot longer. On their own, both artists are fine, but I can’t get behind switching artists halfway through an issue.

The Verdict

AQUAMAN continues to be a hit. Parker delivers an incredibly fun issue that delves deeper (no pun intended) into the world of Aquaman, while keeping some secondary characters in the spotlight. If you’ve ever wanted to see Aquaman go at it with a giant sea monster, this is an issue just for you, but there is more to it than that. Parker is building up to something greater, using some of these secondary characters. I was a bit bummed with the art change, but Rod Reis’ colors really nailed it home for me. This is still a fantastic book and worth your time.

16 Comments
Edited by Extremis

Ah, you should have said "'dives' deeper (no pun intended)" otherwise a perfect review ;)

I also gave this a 4/5, really like what Parker is doing here, and had the same issue with the inconsistent art. Pelletier is a great Aquaman artist. Just wish he could do all of the interiors.

Just a minor complaint, though, as there is much to love about Aquaman these days. There was a time when I never thought I'd say that.

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

I hope the split artists on this does not last too long. Pelletier draws such a great Aquaman.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@themantisshrimp: @extremis: This month is the last issue that Pelletier is splitting duties.

He's solo on the book starting next month and going forward.

Posted by Extremis
Edited by Ostyo

Rod Reis never let me down. :)

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

This issue was nothing short of awesome.

Posted by CantDance93

Man Parker's Aquaman's a brute! Great issue!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I'm just not feeling Parker's Aquaman.

Edited by KEROGA

Now thats a cover!

Posted by SupBatz

Decent enough issue. I'm still not 100% sold on Parker. Fighting a sea monster is fine and dandy. And I enjoy the layers he is setting a foundation for - particularly with Triton and with the Atlanteans reacting to Aquaman and Mera's leadership. But I feel like some of the dialogue is off. And the story is missing a lot of the heart that made Johns' Aquaman so great.

Posted by wbr17

I guess now we gonna see who like the character and who like Geoff. I liked Geoff run but i think that we saw a lot of hype just because it was Geoff, i didn't see nothing too impresive in his run.

Edited by scouts1998

I'm going to finish this arc and make up my mind on whether or not to read it.

Posted by jackbensley777

bought the first issue of this arc bc wanted to try aquaman bc didnt read uch of geoff johns run and i just didnt care for it

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@wbr17 said:

I guess now we gonna see who like the character and who like Geoff. I liked Geoff run but i think that we saw a lot of hype just because it was Geoff, i didn't see nothing too impresive in his run.

I liked his run. Didn't love it. So far with Parker's run, It hasn't caught me at all.