Comic Review: Aquaman #4 totally kicked Superman #4’s butt this week

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Auquaman #4

 

I know I’ve been really singing the praises of this series, but I can’t help it. The writing and the art both suck me in ever issue without fail. Issue #4 was the end of the first plot arc. (So if you want to jump on board, issue #5 would be a great time to do it.) Aquaman faced a really hard choice in this issue – one that has been a recurring theme in comics for decades: should heroes kill when it is their only option?

Aquaman was hesitant, but when it came to it he had to decide between saving the humans or ultimately being the cause of a primitive underwater race dying out. The race of deep-sea creatures was close to extinction as it was. Having eaten everything that could possibly survive in their extremely deep part of the ocean, they had taken to bringing humans down to their level in special pods. Unable to communicate with the beasts, Aquaman had to pull the moral trigger to save the humans.

In four issues Geoff Johns was able to re-establish Aquaman as a viable hero again. He still has his classic arrogance, yet there is something distinctly more approachable about this new Aquaman. My favorite part is actually kind of silly – while so many of the heroes have been ripped apart from their significant others in the New 52 in order to make them more interesting, Aquaman is actually in a stable and healthy relationship with Meera. The duo work together in a fantastic way that both shows her as a supporting character as well as a damn fine hero in her own right.

Not-so-subtle hints at the end of the issue tell us that the next plot-substance to be addressed will be concerning the fall of Atlantis. Looking forward to it!

 

Superman #4

 

The plot is still building to understand what, exactly, these alien attacks are culminating towards. They are certainly wreaking havoc with the city’s Superman trust issues as well as Clark Kent’s career. Honestly, this issue seems a bit drawn out. The same information seems offered several times with little development in between. The end, however, left readers with a palpable enough cliff hanger to make trudging through the heavy dialogue almost worth it. Almost.

The ending few panels leading up to the interesting cliffhanger focused n Superman facing the aliens again. This was the point when the dialogue finally died down. Unfortunately, that was when we needed it because this scene became very confusing.

It’s still odd to see the changes in Superman since the New 52 reboot. His storyline seems to have the most upheaval, but perhaps that is because it was the longest-running and needed the most modernization.  Some of the changes I can take or leave, what I’m more concerned about is the writing – which has yet to knock my socks off. At least the art is still going strong!

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