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Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2 - Part Two Review

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Aquaman refuses to stand down against New Themyscira -- but how much and how many will he sacrifice to achieve his goal?

If you haven't read the first issue of Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman, I suggest you do so before diving into the second issue. Or for the review for that matter! Spoilers ahead!

The Good

It's almost as if writer Tony Bedard has been waiting his entire career to write his very own Aquaman story. First things first, this issue is really awesome. Bedard has this clear vision of what he wants for Aquaman and he has managed to find a way to balance telling the story of Aquaman's war with New Themyscira, and a more personal story that digs deeper into Aquaman's identity. One of the problems with some of the Flashpoint off-shoot books is that it's very hard to actually care about a character that only appears for three issues. If you think about it, essentially, all these characters are new to us. Sure we may be predisposed to like specific characters because we have been reading them for so long, but the only thing the same about them are their names. The Aquaman of this Flashpoint universe is nothing like the Aquaman we know. Bedard explores that concept in this second issue by providing the reader the back-story of Arthur Curry's character -- in doing so, Bedard makes me care about Aquaman and his decisions. That history he has provided will directly impact the upcoming events and decisions that Arthur makes, and it's so cool. I really, truly enjoyed the way this issue was written. The structure and pacing could not have been better and the decision to delve into Arthur's history is fantastic. I almost found myself rooting for Arthur...almost.

The Bad

I actually really enjoyed artist Vicente Cifuentes' work on this issue but I did notice that some of the characters anatomy was a bit off. For example there is one scene where one of the Amazons that appears in the issue she looks fantastic, save for the fact that her head seems rather off center and small.

The Verdict

Even though I did have some trouble with the anatomy of some of the characters in this issue (baby Arthur's face looks off, as though they shrank adult Arthur's face). I really enjoyed the writing and the direction that Bedard has taken the character and the story. I think adding a glimpse into Arthur's past we can better understand his decisions and we in turn become more invested in the story.

Quote of the book: "You've become quite the monster, Arthur. And to think, I almost _____'ed you."

7 Comments
Posted by Eyz

Nice to see Aquaman get some nice treatment, for a change.

Posted by Top Flight Security

I'm actually hoping they keep this version of Aquaman. 

Posted by GT-Man

He looks like a Guile Aqua Marine lol
Edited by ProjektGill

It was a good issue, I like buzz-cut Aquaman. I read the review before the book and my dirty mind totally misconstrued that last quote. Unless that was done on purpose...

Edited by Grimoire

Here is the problem I am having with the whole Flashpoint arc. 
  At the end of it DC comics is going to reboot the characters and their stories but what if, like many of the articles on this sight have pointed out that they might keep some of them going through the reboot but, that would mean they have them remember what happened before the reboot in some way or another and that doesn't sound good to me.
"Major Spoiler's Ahead"
  Superman would not fit in well with humans since they captured him as well as do tests on him in a dark little room underground. (Why turn around and protect them after.)
  Aquaman has killed many people already by sinking a large landmass. (Again why protect them afterwards.)
  The Wonder Woman of this arc acts like she used too but her story pretty much started like "Amazons Attack" but with her leading the charge killing and putting people in concentration camps around conquered Europe. (How can she represent good with that background.)
 
This just sounds of a free pass of all the characters and I don't know about anyone else but if they keep any of these archetypes after the reboot I probably will stop reading DC all together. (With maybe an exception of Batman maybe. lol)

Posted by xforce1018

This book is awesome. 

Posted by Nasar7
 What more needs to be said?