Friday, February 1, 2013

Aquaman #16

Geoff Johns has managed to produce some of the best events at DC, and he's done it by keeping them "small."

In other words, the story has been told in a single title (or two), rather than trying to coordinate a sprawling tale across dozens of series ("The Sinestro War" is another good example).

His latest achievement is the "Throne of Atlantis" story that's spooling out in the pages of Aquaman and Justice League - by keeping it under control he's able to give the story more immediacy, more punch, without having to find ways to spread the story around.

This issue acts as something of a preview for the upcoming "other" Justice League title, which will add "of America" to the team's name. So while Aquaman goes on a rescue mission, it's up to the "other" League to fight against the invading army of Atlantis - and the story ramps things up by adding another combatant and revealing the surprising power behind the event.

The art by Paul Pelletier and Art Thibert is quite good, with solid, dynamic layouts and clear storytelling.

By weaving the story through two monthly comics, it's kept things moving at a fast clip, and given all the characters room to shine.

Very impressive!

Grade: A-


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