Aquaman: Sea of Storms (vol. 5)
By: Jeff Parker (writer), Paul Pelletier (Illustrations), Sean Parsons (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy
The “Sea of Storms” story arc begins with the debut of new “Aquaman” writer Jeff Parker (BATMAN 66)!
The Earth’s crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures … so humanity’s first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!
Collects “Aquaman” #26-31, “Aquaman” Annual #2 and “Swamp Thing” #32.
It’s been a while since I’ve read an Aquaman title so here we are, volume 5 of the New 52 series! My brother and I were a little iffy whether or not we would continue following the series given the change in writer but we were rather curious whether one particular storyline would make its eventual appearance so we decided to continue on.
Well, wow, this story arc has a lot going on! Old enemies resurfacing (quite literally), ongoing tensions and fractions within Atlantis, human groups mucking about, and far-reaching consequences drawing in other superheroes into the fray. Aquaman finds himself pretty busy in this volume as he deals with one issue and another (not to mention a light moment involving his high school reunion, lmao)–thank goodness Mera’s on his side, kicking butt and taking care of business while he’s away. The story with the other men was interesting, a bit frustrating as humanity also pokes themselves into this surly business and causing trouble, not to mention a moment where Arthur has a lapse in judgment (seriously?! Dude, just dude). The story also suffers from a bit of too much exposition as the battle rages; yes, it’s important information but the momentum putters out a bit as the bad guys go on and on about the suffering and their desire for revenge against the Atlanteans and their king. I get the feeling that all of the ramnifications of the events in this arc will take place in the next volume as things have been so hectic for Arthur to just process it all.
On another note, it was awesome to watch Mera in action on her own, both with the Atlantean conspiracy (hehe, how fitting considering she’s not Atlantean herself; I think I found the conspiracy arc to be much more interesting because we learn more about Atlantean society in the process) at the standalone chapter with Wonder Woman fighting off an island filled with bizarre creatures from the abyss.
Oh, and that chapter involving Swamp Thing–I’ve never read anything about Swamp Thing so I had no idea what that superhero was all about, but the chapter was very interesting, kind of bizarre because it put Aquaman in the role of stubborn superhero that just keeps punching away/talk later sort of deal, but at least now I know what he’s all about.
This fifth volume of Aquaman overall was interesting enough and jam-packed with story and action (I tell you, even the paperback felt heavier than usual!). The exposition felt a bit dense, but I can see it setting up for further conflict in later volumes. I have a feeling that the storyline that we’re hoping will appear