Thursday, June 5, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #3 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lan Medina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: may 4, 2014

I Want anOther Story

The New 52 has been great for Aquaman.  Who would have guessed that the King of Atlantis, so long the brunt of  jokes, would be so popular and cool that he would get two books?  Not me, that's for sure.  Well, after reading the first two issues of Aquaman and the Others, maybe he shouldn't.  I'm probably being a bit harsh since Aquaman isn't the problem in the book.  No, the problems lie at the feet of Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina and The Others themselves.

Dan Jurgens has been fighting an uphill battle.  You see, he has a superhero team that is a team, but is far from super.  It's obvious that he and DC are aware of this, since they have to introduce the members each week with a name placard.  For the life of me, I couldn't name the whole team right now if I tried.  The main issue lies in Jurgens' characterizations of the team.  Everything is just bland and does nothing to get me wanting more.

To add insult to injury, Dan Jurgens' story has been going at a snails pace and involves villains that are annoying and confusing.  This issue does a little to turn the tide (sorry).  We get introduced to the main villain, see a huge event in the history of Atlantis and get some pretty good action.  It's not enough to make it a good book, but at least it's baby steps.

I haven't been a big fan of Lan Medina's art and this issue made me think even less.  Everything looks rushed, characters are misrepresented in one scene and everything was unnecessarily confusing.  

Bits and Pieces:

Aquaman and the Others #3 continues the poor characterization that has plagued this book since the start. It's a team book with an uninteresting team.  Although we get the main villain and better action, it's still a struggle to read and the rushed art only adds to the problems.  I love Aquaman, but this book is getting very near to being dropped.


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