I read the first three on my list while taking public transportation home and the last two when I finally arrived. Once I finished Justice League #5 I was seriously questioning if Aquaman #5 could be better.
Justice League #5 has the newly formed team fight against Darkseid. His vaunted Omega Beams split up between Superman and The Flash. The Flash used his wits to get away from the one beam and Superman wasn’t so lucky and took the hit from the other, then carted away. Green Lantern shows why his will power can control the ring with a never give up attitude, even after having his arm broken in two places (“that’s better than three, kid”). The Batman even surprises me by revealing himself as Bruce Wayne before going after Superman to rescue him.
So with an issue this good, packed with action, could Aquaman #5 be better?
Aquaman (in its 7th volume) issue #1-#4 had a complete story arc which poked fun and showed potential of the weakest (arguably) JLA member. Issue #5 seem to be in intermission of sorts but still had action spread amongst the Geoff Johns developing story ala “Lost” and /or “Alcatraz” flashbacks.
The first story arc had the reader discover the staff Aquaman carries once belonged to someone else, someone who might want it back. In this issue Aquaman is thrown in the desert at the beginning of the book, and the story goes back and forth discovering that Atlantean’s are still around and Atlantis was attacked by some unknown menace. This information was discovered by Aquaman via a “black box” recorder and ended in the way the transmission ended in Firefly, when Mal and his team learned about The Reavers.
Atlantis is one of the curiosities I had when I was a boy. The mythical story of a lost civilization always piqued my imagination and I am curious as how DC will change the mythos of Atlantis going forward.
DC is approaching my six-month barrier. This is the amount of time I give for new titles (unless of course it’s a limited series). I am willing to continue on with the four titles I decided to try since DC’s re-launch as long as the story, art, and covers continue the way they have been going. I almost spent the extra money on the variant covers because of how cool they looked. Eventually I will get Aquaman #5 sketch variant but I will wait until I find it in CGC 9.8 with white pages.
As for my pick of the week, as good as Justice League was I have to choose Aquaman #5 as my official pick of the week. For my runner-up I am going to go back across company lines and pick Fantastic Four #602 for bringing back a story of cosmic proportions
For the collector that has limited space I recommend a digital copy of X-Men Legacy #261.
Thanks for reading