Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Stjepan Sejic, Steve Wands
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: September 20, 2017
The deadly Kadaver and the dethroned King go toe to toe as Mera and Aqualad begin their assault on the Crown of Thorns. Abnett and Sejic’s epic run on Aquaman continues with issue #28!
This series has been killing it since Sejic joined the title, giving Abnett’s writing some fantastic life as we read Arthur’s rise from the depths. Abnett is doing a great job of keeping this series epic, and highlighting what makes Aquaman a unique hero. By nature of his status in Atlantis, you can dig into all kinds of great class system/political stories and this one is showcasing a class conflict between the lower classes and forgotten souls of Atlantis and their new dictator. It’s really well written, and Abnett’s pacing in this issue is strong. We bounce between three different storylines and each one is strong. Vulko is the eccentric old troublemaker, which is a fun role for him, Mera is the powerhouse fighting to find Arthur and the former King is the champion of the forgotten. Each storyline is well told and the division of pages is perfect. Abnett’s strongest writing in this series so far is happening right now and readers are getting Aquaman at his best at the moment.
Stjepan Sejic is a wizard. The pages in this issue are gorgeous, every damn panel is a victory and treat for the eyeballs. Mera has never been more powerful. Vulko has never been as mischievous. Kadaver leaps from the page, his unique power slicing through panels with vibrant colour. The King is regal while being a rogue, conflicted and broken, but always powerful. Dolphin is youthful and sleek, and the sea itself is a character. Sejic’s pencils are amazing, but his colour work is phenomenal. The colour adds immense amounts of flare and style to this comic, and I am in awe of his work with each issue. This is one of those runs that will be remembered, and I hope it is a long one.
Aquaman #28 is a must-read. This is one of the best super comics on the market, with a veteran writer pairing with a dynamic artist to deliver a great final package. Aquaman is a unique character and this team is dialled into what is best about him and his world and we are lucky to be reading in such a great era for the title.
The Verdict: 10/10