Aquaman: The Becoming #1 Review

by Carlos R. on September 21, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #1 Cover Image Featuring Jackson Hyde swimming in the ocean slicking back his hair
Script by: Brandon Thomas
Pencils by: Diego Olortegui
Inks by: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Lettered by: Andworld Design
Publisher: DC Comics

Aquaman: The Becoming is good, like infectiously positive and charming. I found myself smiling and rooting for Jackson with how great life seems to be going for him.

Obviously, things can’t remain that way, but Thomas does an excellent job of making readers care about Jackson. And not just in the sense of wondering about how Jackson’ll get out of the predicament he finds himself at the end, but genuinely care for the person he is. Thomas takes the time to show us just how naturally virtue and compassion springs from him. These moments don’t come off as heavy handed but read as a day in the life for this hero and the book’s positive tone help to create that tension for when it inevitably falls apart. Though this brings up my only issue with the book (possible spoilers follow), the scales are turned way too quickly on Jackson and it seems like Atlantis should have some sort of security camera system that should clear everything up in no time.

If you’ve had the pleasure of checking out the preview for this issue then you know Olortegui, Von Grawbadger, Lucas, and Andworld Design slam you into the action with this opening. A world where Darkseid has defeated the League and Jackson remains. The action in this opening sequence is fantastic, though I mentioned Jackson’s positivity is highlighted this issue, there is still ink dedicated to showing how much of a force to be reckoned with he is. The movement is clean and emphasized, allowing the reader’s eyes to follow along with ease. The colors are vibrant and just radiate with Jackson’s energy; the amount of detail is also stunning, being able to highlight Jackson’s kindness without so much as a word from him.

I’m curious to see how this story will progress and excited to see more of Jackson in a front and center role. If you need a book with all the right vibes this week, definitely pick this one up.

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