Saturday, May 23, 2020

Aquaman #58 Review

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Miguel Mendonca, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

Well, Aquababy has arrived, and while I am excited to see more of her, I also want Mera to enjoy the bundle of joy.  Is it too much to ask to have the three together, having fun and doing underwater family stuff together?  Maybe, but how was this month's issue?  Let's find out...

We jump ten months ahead for this issue, which threw me off at first, but I had to laugh at Mera for putting a secret plan in motion using Vulko.  You know things are going to get fudged up!

We then bounce over to Amnesty Bay and get Arthur, Jackson Hyde, and AQUABABY!  She is already so big, but it's explained, and I love seeing Jackson's mom there too.  I thought everyone forgot about her!  The Seas Gods make an appearance as well, and because of all this, you could jump in right now if you haven't been reading.

Of in Atlantis, Mera is still in a coma, and it seems as if the Widowhood is getting restless.  Nothing new there, really, but I do like Mera's sassy doctor, and we get to see that every night, Arthur returns to Atlantis to be with Mera.  It's a bittersweet scene, and we do get a hint that Mera knows what is going on around her.

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Down in the Ninth Tride, Orm's busy preaching to the sick and ignored, and it feels weird with what's going on in the world right now.  Maybe Orm will show up to save us all!  It was apparent that Orm would take advantage of the way Atlantis was treating the Ninth Tride to bolster the ranks of his new kingdom.  I am just waiting to see if he is entirely honest with them.  We do eventually get the small print for all of it, and even if Dolphin was surprised, it isn't that shocking.

The ending of the issue is shocking, though, as Vulko sets Mera's plan in motion, and as I said, I know it's going to get all fudged up!  That's nothing compared to the cliffhanger that better get resolved quickly and in a good way, or I may hurt somebody!

I liked this issue.  Kelly Sue is getting back to the underwater Game of Thrones type stories that Abnett told for years, and while that isn't exactly my cup of tea, having Orm involved does up the ante.  I thought the art was fantastic, and I want to read the next issue right now.  I haven't said that about an Aquaman book in a while.  The only problem I had with this issue is Arthur kind of takes a back seat in his book.

Bits and Pieces:

Kelly Sue Deconnick is taking this book back to familiar territory with Atlantian politics, but with Orm stirring up trouble and AQUABABY, it all feels fresh.  The cliffhanger has me worried, but in the way that makes me want the next issue right now and that is a sign that things are looking up for Aquaman fans like myself.


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