Aquaman: Andromeda #1

DC Comics

Written by: Ram V

Art by Christian Ward

Letters by Aditya Bidikar

The Rundown: Yvette Verne and a team of researchers make a surprising discovery in the Pacific Ocean.

The story begins with Yvette waxing reminiscent on her father’s words as she embarks on an epic journey. Meanwhile, the Esperanza searches the area near Easter Island for something unusual. Elsewhere, Arthur Curry recharges his spirit with introspection and interaction with the people of Kamchatka Krai. And on Mott Iti, David Hyde is hired for a secret mission.

Soon, Yvette boards the marine vessel Andromeda with an elite team and is subsequently sent to investigate a mysterious projectile under the sea. After a discussion regarding their mission, and a series of mini encounters among teammates, the crew is alerted to the frightening encounter of the Esperanza and learn a heartbreaking truth.

In the epilogue, Yvette remembers an event involving her father, and the crew of the Andromeda get surprising news.

The Story: Ram V once again bestows readers with a beautifully crafted tale, this time in regard to the deep sea. His unmatched ability to capture the essence of a character is both haunting and mesmerizing. More impressive is the distinct tonal differences in the inner monologues of the various individuals. Each character presentation is emotionally connective and resonant. I felt not only interest, but commonality with hero and villain alike. True to form of DC Black Label, this is a dark and violent vision of the DC Universe grounded in realism. I am completely invested in this mini-series and am excited for what is to come.

The Art: This issue features a modern comic illustration with a coloring reminiscent of watercolor pattern. The mainly blue and green palette works well with both land and sea settings and creates an environment that is both visually pleasing and immersive. Overall, I found the artwork perfectly suited the story’s mood and tone.

Aquaman: Andromeda #1

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