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Comic Book Review: Aquaman #5

By: Jeremy M. Kossak

Aquaman is lost! At least that’s the way it appears to be in this issue when Aquaman plummets into the desert. Flash back to the night before, Arthur can’t seem to sleep during a storm. He has the events from the Trench weighing on his mind. A call from Commander Clay doesn’t make Arthur’s night any calmer. Clay and the scientists with him found an artifact stuck in the cocoon wall. The ‘A’ shaped artifact immediately began emitting a high-pitched sound painful to the human ear. Sometime later, Aquaman is among Clay and the scientists examining the artifact, which is an ancient Atlantean glyph. Suddenly everyone is under attack! The mystery attackers seize the glyph and escape. Amidst the gunfire, Arthur is in pursuit as he leaps aboard the attackers’ aircraft. We flash forward to the present, to see Aquaman in desperate need of water. So desperate that he has hallucinations of his father which aren’t exactly motivational. Aquaman finally shakes off his dehydration enough to locate the glyph. Getting it into water reveals an ancient Atlantean message building upon the mystery of Atlantis’s fall. That night Arthur arrives home thanks to the U.S. Navy to find that Mera is gone…

I may have said this before, but this is a great example of Geoff Johns’ Midas Touch. This issue is really just setup for a new story. It’s done in such a way that tops issue #1. I haven’t been this excited to read Aquaman ever! The title, “Lost”, has a great double meaning that tells the reader something about Aquaman’s character as well as the situation he’s in. I can’t wait to see how both play out next issue. Johns isn’t the only one with “the touch”. What can I say about Ivan Reis that hasn’t been said before? In the last story Aquaman was drawn with strength and regality. Here we see him in a vulnerable position, lost in the desert and all. I hope you make Aquaman a must read because this should be an epic story, one I’m happy to be reviewing!

Overall Grade: 9/10


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