Sunday, August 10, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #5 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lan Medina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 6, 2104

There's Going to be a Killing...

To say I haven't been a fan of Aquaman and the Others is an understatement.  It's one of my least favorite books to review.  Why? Well, while I like some members of the team, I don't think Dan Jurgens has done enough to make each stand out.  I also haven't been a fan of the dialogue which I've found to be stiff and generic. Furthermore,  Lan Medina's art has been hit-or-miss, often in the same issue.  That my friends doesn't equal out to a strong book. That said, this issue is a bit of a turn in the right direction.  Some of the same problems rear their ugly heads, but in the end, I have a better feeling going forward than I have since the series started.

This issue ends the Legacy of Gold arc and as it starts things don't look too good for Aquaman.  It's no surprise, the guy's been bleeding out for a couple of issues.  This whole arc revolves around Legend, an ancient villain trying to reclaim his lost gold.  The gold just happens to be the ancient relics of Atlantis that Aquaman and the Others use to fight guys like...well, like Legend.

There is plenty of action and for the first time I really enjoyed some of the interplay between the team.  Yes, some of the dialogue is still cringe worthy and I never really warmed up to Legend as a villain, but having Vostok back helped.  I still think that Prisoner of War is the best member and he shows that even without his artifact he still kicks ass.  The rest of the team had some nice moments as well and the mystery of Vostok could prove interesting.

For a five issue arc, Legend and this story wrapped up a bit too easily, but now Jurgens can get down to business.  The team is back together and hopefully the next adventure will be a bit more memorable.  I have warmed up to the team a bit more and while I'm not necessarily looking forward to the next issue, I'm not dreading it either.  That's the best your going to get from me.

I said earlier that Lan Medina's art can be hit-or-miss and this issue proves my point.  Some panels look stunning while others have an unfinished look.  Just look at the spread when Vostok joins the battle and then look at the last page where the team is gathered.  The first is stunning while the other is just bad.  I don't know if it's a stylistic choice, but I do know I don't like it.

Bits and Pieces:

Aquaman and the Others ends the Legacy of Gold arc and while it isn't great, I didn't hate it.  That's actually a compliment seeing that I haven't liked this series at all.  Jurgens does enough to get me a little more interested in the team and while Medina's art is inconsistent, when it's good it's really good.  I still can't recommend this book, but I hope it's heading in that direction.


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