Aquamen #1

DC Comics

Written by Chuck Brown and Brandon Thomas

Art by Sami Basri

Colors by Adriano Lucas

Letters by Andworld Design

The Rundown: The Aquamen battle with an old enemy as Black Manta tracks someone suspicious.

The story opens in Manhattan when a large sea creature, controlled by Ocean Master, attacks the United Nations headquarters. Soon, Aquamen Jackson Hyde and Arthur Curry arrive on the scene and attempt to save the city from Ocean Master’s deadly plan. Afterwards, Jackson receives surprising news. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Bob’s ordinary day turns deadly.

In Paris, Black Manta uses high tech equipment to search for a select group of people. During his investigation, he witnesses a man’s strange behavior. When the man turns violent, Black Manta intervenes. Later, he discovers something unusual. Finally, Black Manta is confronted by the Aquamen and Arthur makes a stunning reveal.

The Story: Brandon and Thomas have created an interesting and action-packed adventure that touches on issues of xenophobia and trauma. This ongoing series was lead-in by two previous limited series; Black Manta and Aquaman: The Becoming. However, new readers can dive into this debut chapter easily as the narrative focuses on setting up the current story-arc. Although the overall plot is very promising, I am most interested in Jackson’s story. This young man has lots of obstacles to overcome including coming to terms with two very different father figures as he navigates his new position in the world. Not only do I find this opportunity for personal growth in a character exciting, I am happy that a black, queer superhero will continue to be seen in print. The diversity that DC Comics is showing is impressive and I hope that young people will be heartened to see themselves in such characters.

The Art: This issue features detailed artwork presented in a tradition design. There are some interesting action scenes that are enhanced by the emphasis placed on the character’s form and expression. Overall, I felt the illustrations were transportive and engaging.

Aquamen #1



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