Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Aquaman #49 Review and *Spoilers*

The Tide is High

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art: Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Daniel Henriques, Ryan Winn, Sunny Gho, and Clayton Cowles
Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 19th, 2019

Kelly Sue DeConnick takes readers on a trip down memory lane and reveals how Aquaman ended up on the Island of Misfit Gods while talking to Mommy Shark all in this week’s AQUAMAN #49. Let’s dive in and see the true shocker to this outstanding issue!


Hold on to your dorsal fins Aquaman fans because Mera is eating for two! Mera is in the pudding club! She’s a brick house! Mera is Prego! Preggers! If you still don’t understand what this reviewer is saying, then I’ll be more direct. Arthur is going to be a daddy! That’s crazy and a totally shocking twist to end the issue! 
Mera and Arthur will have a little baby fish stick on the way, which is a great direction for the story that this reviewer is totally excited for and never saw coming. From underwater GAME OF THRONES to losing memories, and even vigilantism, this comic fan is excited about a new direction and can’t wait to see where Kelly Sue DeConnick will be taking the series now. But, dare I ask... is the baby Arthur’s? The assumption is yes BUT, when would they have had “time”? Wouldn’t that be a twist? The next issue IS introducing Black Manta back into the story sooooooo ... maybe?!?! Inquiring minds want to know.

The issue was slow moving at first but the payoff was totally worth it. The issue began wordy and boring however the last 10 pages were brilliant. Kelly Sue DeConnick nailed the perspective of a guy surprisingly finding out that he’s going to be a dad, as well as the stress and anxiety that often times is associated with the reveal. In addition, DeConnick perfectly depicts the woman’s point of view as well. The conversation, Mera’s mannerisms, even her anger, made total sense with the situation at hand. She was acting weird during the discussion, which could be why the beginning of the issue seemed sluggish. 
The beginning may have drug out due to the fact that readers got a recap of Mera’s history. That said, this was nice for new fans jumping into the story and it was well done and extremely clever. However, it was heavy with dialogue, explanation, and Mommy Shark narration.  This reviewers biggest problem with the issue was how did Arthur get from being blown through the water in a rage to where he is now

There appear to be bits and pieces that are missing for this reader. Mera explodes with anger and Aquaman ends up losing his memory, lost, and with these old Gods on a deserted island. Am I to think Mera killed Aquaman?  The cover leads this reviewer to think that way.  And if that’s the case, it seems just about as silly that Mera loses control and kills Arthur as Wally West losing control of the speed force and killing all the people in Sanctuary. Really?!? Come on now...

For new AQUAMAN readers interested in diving into the deep end with this series and the character, this issue is a fantastic jumping on point. Fans will find a quick recap about the history of Mera, a minor trip down memory lane involving Arthur’s childhood, and the pecking order within Atlantis. Readers know where the comic stands and are left with a “little nugget” moving forward. The dialogue was a bit long winded but the issue was easy to understand. Viktor Bogdanovic and his art team did an amazing job luring readers into the issue with vividly detailed panels that led fans throughout the issue with ease. However, there still appears to be some holes that don’t completely connect for this fan.


I still recommend jumping off the high dive deep into this one and leaving your floaties at home! I really have high hopes that DeConnick will fill in the gaps as the series moves along. Go pick this one up!


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