Aquaman: The Becoming #2
Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Diego Olortegui and Skylar Patridge
Inks by Wade Von Grawbadeger and Skylar Patrridge
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by AndWorld Design
The Rundown: Jackson Hyde and Mera deal with the fallout of a deadly event.
In Atlantis, Jackson is involved in a violent clash. Then he and Mera have an interesting conversation. Later, Mera is questioned by the Atleantean authorities regarding Jackson’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, in Amnesty Bay, the Atlanteans attempt to commandeer Lady Lucia is thwarted. Finally, Meera makes an escape and meets with someone unexpected.
The Story: Thomas presents a well crafted second chapter to this series that combines hard hitting action and a bold commentary regarding xenophobia. I was impressed by the honest discourse. Not only did it feel true to the current times, it explores the nature of power dynamics and natural sentiment. This episode also offers some intriguing reveals that tease the upcoming plotline. I am already invested in this limited series and can’t wait to find out what happens next.
The Art: This issue features modern drawings and a palette featuring blues and greens. The action scenes are well done and interesting. There is an energetic quality to the panels that is completely engaging and emotionally intense. I was completely transported throughout.