Written By: Dan Abnett
Art, Color and Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Lettering By: Steve Wands
Publisher: DC Comics
What you need to know:
With the continued isolation of Atlantis and the rule of King Corum Rath still reigning supreme, the forces of good continue to discover ways to revolt against this new regime. With Vulko, once advisor to the king, now free by the head mother of the Silent School of Magic, Mera attempting to free Atlantis from the surface world, and Arthur Curry attempting to stay in the shadows after thought dead by the hands of King Rath, the kingdom of the sea might just be set free soon enough, but with a little snag.
What You’ll Find Out:
Arthur and his new ally Dolphin have been captured by the mutant crab who is in charge of the gangs and low lifes in the Ninth Tride, Crush. Crush see’s through the Jason Mamoa beard and knows who this outsider wearing the dead king’s costume, the dead king himself who’s not actually dead! Thinking he can use this against King Rath to protect him and his criminal empire, he fails to see Aquaman do what he does best. Talk to fish.
Cut over to Titans Tower, where Mera has arrived to speak with Garth, also known as Tempest, to ask for his help to break through the crown of thorns because of his prior training in magic. Garth doesn’t want to because of his dislike of magic. It’s the reason why he left the Silent School and began operating as a hero. He asks her why she doesn’t ask the Justice League for help since she’s been assisting them in Arthur’s absence (Check out Rob’s reviews of them on the website #ShamelessPlug) to which she replies that any involvement of surface superheroes might engage a war which is exactly what Rath wants.
We then shift to Vulko, who is on the run after escaping his cell with the help of the Reverend Mother. He runs into a woman who was sent by the Reverend Mother to assist in his rebellion against King Rath hopefully this all pans out.
The comic ends with Aquaman and Dolphin coming to blows with the coral magic man from the previous issue, while the Reverend Mother begins plans of her own to instill a new ruler of her own in Atlantis, and its not Arthur Curry.
What Just Happened:
HOLY CRAP! Every issue of this series is so well told. Dan Abnett seems to be more comfortable now that he’s not having to settle plotlines from the New 52. This amazingly executed story. The world of Atlantis is actually able to develop somewhat. There’s this interesting, yet technically shallow, underlying discrimination going on with the citizens of the city. The higher class mistreating and downright exiling the lower class who have mutated further from just having the ability to breath underwater. Some developing into fishlike creatures. Some like Crush who have just became sea life in general. It’s very intriguing but at the same time odd because since the Atlanteans have mutations of their own, why would they discriminate against one’s with further mutation? It just seems odd but makes for great storytelling.
The art continues to just be beautiful. Sejic just fills the pages with an art style that seems to have been destined for Aquaman and it’s simply perfect for this book. The strokes in the underwater structures, the mutant people and their individual unique designs. THE BUBBLES! The fact that each individual bubble is drawn and filled in with color and so many are used to simulate what occurs underwater, it just so well done.
Aquaman #27 is a magnificent continuation to an already great series. With Arthur fully being able to exist in his element, he is starting to discover the truth in Atlantis, now it’ll be a very new story indeed once he rises from his current circumstances. Each issue so far has had me excited for what will come next and this issue is no different. Highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to embrace a character that deserves his place in the DC Pantheon, but also backtrack to the beginning of the arc at #25.