Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #1 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lan Medina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 2, 2014

The Boys (and Girls) are Back in Town

When the Others were first introduced in Aquaman I was a huge fan. The interaction between them and Aquaman was great and I loved the uniqueness of the members.  Unfortunately, by the time they were featured in the Aquaman Annual, I was done.  Well, maybe I jumped the gun a bit because after reading this issue I am back on board.  Aquaman and the Others #1 may not be a perfect, but it made me like the team enough to want to see more.

Dan Jurgens jumps right into the fray.  He spends less time explaining who The Others are and more on what they should be...a team.  You see, the Others each have an Atlantean artifact of power, but low and behold, they aren't working.  To make matters worse, each of them is being attacked by mysterious operatives intent on getting said artifacts.  The solution to making the artifacts work as they should is a little stroke of genius. It gives the team such an organic reason to come and stay together.

In case you thought I forgot, Aquaman is in the book.  His entrance is great and he has the best lines.  His joke about Batman is hilarious, especially to everyone who played the Arkham games.  Jokes aside, Jurgens seems to be going for a more serious Aquaman and I really like it.

For a number one, Jurgens hits most of the right notes.  He gives the reader enough to understand the basics, but still leaves so mush shrouded in mystery to keep them guessing.  That's a recipe to keep people coming back.  After finishing the book, readers should know who the team is, why they need to be together and what they will doing next.  Mission Accomplished.

This book is listed as a Futures End Prelude, but that only comes into play at the very end. It seems a little forced and is more hype than substance.  That said, it looks strange and cool and I can't wait to read it.

Lan Medina does a really good job on art.  Each member of the Others is unique and true to their original appearances.  In fact, everything looks straight out of Aquaman's main book and I say that as a compliment.

Bits and Pieces:

Dan Jurgens does a good job reintroducing the Others while maintaining a sense of mystery around them. Lan Medina's art is really good showing off the cool characters in the book.  I was a little down on the Others as a team, but Jurgens and Medina have me back on board.


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