Yes, this actually exists. A second monthly Aquaman title. Madness!
This issue picks up the adventures of The Others, Aquaman’s team from before his time with the Justice League. Each member wields an ancient Atlantean artifact that grants them a different super ability. Aquaman himself possesses a magical trident. Ya’Wara the jungle-dwelling animal-controller has a pendant that allows her to teleport. The haunted Prisoner-Of-War wears manacles that can create force fields. The Operative has a key that can unlock anything. The newest member, Sky Alchesay has a mystic seal that allows her to communicate with the dead. In addition, the various members have other powers and specialties which they’ll need as their Atlantean weapons are starting to malfunction, forcing the heroes to once more gather together.
I wasn’t familiar with artist Lan Medina before, but his work here is really good! Lots of energy and dynamic movement, great angles and story telling, so at the very least this book looks pretty.
The writing by veteran Dan Jurgens is pretty solid. It struck me as a bit unusual though to bring in a new writer, when a lot of what sold ‘Aquaman’ to readers was Geoff Johns’ writing. But since Johns has left that book, I suppose someone else HAD to take on this book.
The story itself is interesting enough and Jurgens gets the disparate personalities of these starcrossed heroes. There’s a little hiccup with the dialogue at one point when Sky reacts with shock to the fact that Atlantis is real. Um… where did she think her weapon was from? Where did she think Aquaman was from? And awkwardly in the next panel, The Operative’s grandson Aaron reminds her that Atlantis attacked the surface world months ago, killing thousands.
On the plus side, not only is this book off to a pretty strong start, but it ties into the greater DC Universe and a dark future that’s already been teased in other books.
All in all, this book is very promising, but with John’s departure from the main book and lack of involvement with this series, I’m not sure that Aquaman’s halcyon days will last. But at least for the time being, Aquafans can smirk smugly that the King of the Seas who was so often mocked by comic know-it-alls (such as ‘Robot Chicken’ and others) now appears in more books than The Flash or any individual Green Lantern.
AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Lan Medina
Cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis