Written by Jeff Parker
Pencils by Paul Pelletier & Netho Diaz
Colors by Rod Reis
Published by DC Comics
When we last left King Arthur, a.k.a. Aquaman, he was fighting the legendary beast that we all know as the Karaqan! In issue #27 we get a conclusion to the epic bout, but I think the most important thing about this issue is that Jeff Parker is planting seeds that will grow into Arthur having to choose. Either he holds on to his mantle as King of Atlantis and all that comes with it; the heritage, the lore, and also the politics that go along with it. You see, the top ranking officials in Atlantis don’t exactly appreciate that Aquaman has such a great report with the surface world. Atlantis is supposed to be an underwater Eden and is meant to be left untouched by those above, but Arthur wants there to be more between our two societies!
As I said before, the groundwork that Jeff Parker is laying down in these last two issues is going to be vitally important once this story hits its stride. I really enjoyed how he made Arthur connect with the beast on such a mental, emotional level. We got to see that not only is Aquaman a total badass that’s capable of dishing out Earth-shattering punishment, but he’s also just as much of a human being that any of us. I also really loved the flashback sequence of Arthur and his father in the lighthouse. While Arthur is no longer as connected to his home town as he once was, the lessons he was taught by his father there will stick with him and help him as he continues to rule the sea.
The only words I can use to describe the art in this book are ABSOLUTELY EPIC! The battle sequence with the Karaqan was one of the most badass action scenes I’ve seen in comics in a long time. The art team has definitely proven that they have the chops to cover something on a gigantic scale, but I’d like to see how they do when things slow down. We’re sure to see a lot of politicking and dialogue in the near future; it’ll be interesting to see how they handle those tense, emotional sequences after doing such an amazing job showing us that battle.
I’m so happy that I started reading this series when Jeff Parker took over. I still mean to read the Johns run but this will more than suffice for now! Parker is definitely working towards something much bigger than just a battle with a legendary beast and I’m definitely intrigued to see where he’s going to take Arthur and his Kingdom. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up this series then let me tell you it’s worth your time and your money to look in to; issue #26 is the perfect jump-on point since Parker took over writing it! All that being said, this book is creeping up my read pile every month; while it’s not perfect, it’s definitely a good read and for that I give Aquaman #27…
4.5 out of 5 nerds