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Aquaman #38 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on July 25, 2018

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Riccardo Federici
Colourist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Steve Wands 

It's been thirteen months. Thirteen very... very long months. I think it's frankly embarassing that this non-story has been continuously published for more than a year without any genuine story momentum. But it's over, and I still have to judge this issue on its own. 

This issue is not only the culmination of this year-long slog, but it also continues the story from the Mera: Queen of Atlantis miniseries which concludes today. This comic asks that you read Mera: Queen of Atlantis #6, but it's not entirely necessary It's just as devoid of content as this book is, so you're good to go.

If anything, the art in this book has been incredibly strong since turning monthly. Stjepan Sejic is the obvious breakout star of last year but Riccardo Federici gives him a run for his money in my opinion The Federici/Sunny Gho combo is quite gorgeous and fits the world of the book so well. His creature designs are great as is his costuming, and his panel work is sublime.

Abnett honestly concludes the story in a satisfying manner. I must profess some confusion, however; I'm not entirely sure if I'm satisfied with the ending itself, or that this story is finally over. I reckon it's a bit of both, as there are some genuinely cool moments near the end in terms of action and comeuppance of certain characters.

This thirteen issue story could have been condensed into a four-parter and it would have been much more enjoyable. I have to knock this issue down because of this, despite some of the fun I had with it. The art is great and I'm curious to read the upcoming Suicide Squad crossover.    

Our Score:

5/10

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