Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on November 28, 2018

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, and Scott Godlewski
Colourists: Hi-Fi and Francis Manapul
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
This is the finale to this story that feels like it's been going on for a very long time, and I'm glad. I'm glad we can finally move on.
A lot of this issue was a lot of fun, and it's frankly very annoying that Snyder and his writing partner James Tynion IV (who didn't contribute to this issue) reserved all emotional payoff, tension, and character work for this issue. This isn't a knock on this issue in particular since that would be unfair, but it just goes to show how poorly paced this entire event was, with its myriad of tie-ins and #1 branded issues, of which this is one of them. A two-month story that could be found entirely in the main JUSTICE LEAGUE book probably would have made this story more memorable.
The artwork in this thing is pretty fantastic. Scott Godlewski joins in for some pages, and his name isn't even on the cover of this issue, which is kind of unacceptable. He does some good work, and the artwork in general blends together quite well, with Francis Manapul's art clearly standing out visually since he has such a distinct look. Howard Porter's work also looked fantastic.
As I mentioned before, this issue had a lot of good character work and emotional payoff for this whole event. Snyder's interpretation of Black Manta and his general presence in this issue might have been the highlight for me, and I think his actions are going to play a big part in the main book going forward, especially when it comes to the dynamic between members of the Legion of Doom.
If you've been reading this and haven't been liking it like I have, I really recommend this issue as Snyder mostly ties everything together in a decent-enough little bow that, while not redeeming this event, is a fun read on its own.

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