Dan Abnett has built his Aquaman run on a terrific mix of action, character work and political intrigue. In a lot of ways it’s played out like an undersea version of Game of Thrones.
The kickoff to the latest arc, Crown of Thrones, fully plays up the fantasy politics angle in a relatively action free, but still highly enjoyable issue.
Aquaman hasn’t spent a lot of time on the throne dealing with Atlantis issues. That’s been a common theme in the series and that doesn’t count his exploits with the Justice League.
Now the people of Atlantis are ready for a change. Initially Aquaman and Mera merely think they’re fighting off an attempted coup by Corunna Rath, the king and consort learn the dissatisfaction with his leadership is far deeper. Now Aquaman has to determine if the throne of Atlantis is worth fighting over.
Scott Eaton takes care of the artwork this issue. Eaton delivers his usual consistent work. The next level is within reach as he just needs another level of detail to his backgrounds and more cohesive action. This is still a sharp looking title.
Aquaman is the only DC comic that can make political jockeying interesting. I’m very curious where Abnett takes the story next.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10