Aquaman #16

by Ryan.L on February 01, 2017

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brad Walker
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Publisher: DC Comics

The battle with N.E.M.O. is over and Aquaman has won the love of the American people. But the outcome of the huge battle has left Atlantis and several American cities in shambles.

This issue we see Aquaman and Mera lend a hand at rebuilding Amnesty Bay as this is also their home that was destroyed. But just as they think all is well another villain emerges from the rubble.

This series continues to blow me away with how incredible it is. This issue especially following such an amazing last arc could have been terrible but it managed to up the level of quality even more. There are moments in this issue that things got really real. This new villain isn't holding back and takes this book into a little bit of a more mature direction with some of it's imagery. The stakes are only getting higher with Aquaman's now increasing level of fame. So a villain with this level of determination really excites me to see where Dan Abnett is going to take this story. 

Another thing I really loved about this story is seeing everyone working together to rebuild Amnesty bay. It could have been cheesy or silly but Abnett took this time to really let us check in with each character and have some good solid finalization to a lot of whats been happening in the last few issue. You could say this issue is about new beginnings and I definitely enjoyed that about this issue.

The art in this book is amazing. There isn't really any action sequences and so there are a lot of closeups of each character as they are talking with each other. The level of detail is outstanding. I loved how you could really tell the emotions each character was feeling just by looking at the expression on their faces. Brad Walker brought so much drama in just these little moments of detail and that really enhanced the overall look and feel to the book by an exponential amount.

I can't recommend this book and series enough. It is probably my favorite book from DC right now. It has proven to be consistent with it's quality over the sixteen issues. This is a must read series that shouldn't be missed.


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