Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1
Scheduled to arrive in stores: October 31, 2018
Cover date: December 2018
“Drowned Earth” – Part One
Writer: James Tynion IV
Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: Howard Porter
Cover: Howard Porter
Variant Cover: Francis Manapul
Reviewed by: James Lantz
Aquaman and Wonder Woman are still in the Blood Reef. Black Manta waits to see his foe break. Wonder Woman is biding her time. The alien triumvirate of sea gods all but defeated the Justice League and Atlantis. A fleet of space vessels is blocking communications. Only Batman remains in the Hall of Justice to guard the Totality. Flood waters consumes cities from London to Gotham, from Metropolis and Tokyo. Anyone who comes into contact with the liquid becomes a fish monster that would make the Creature From The Black Lagoon look like Mickey Mouse. Aquaman’s abilities have been transferred to Black Manta. As an all-out invasion is about to begin, Wonder Woman is on the search for her comrades. Can she single-handedly take down these marauders who are intent on conquering Earth?
Story – 5: My summaries for Justice League really can’t do this new series justice. I’m sure I’ve missed some details here and there. Suffice it to say I was a little rough on the first couple of issues or so because I haven’t read Justice League: No Justice yet. However, the series has gotten better with each issue, and this special is no exception with thirty-four pages of Justice League action that’ll put the reader on the edge of their seat. Don’t wait for the trade, hardcover or omnibus. Get each individual chapter of Justice League, put them in your longbox, save them on your tablet or smartphone. Read them as single comics. Then binge them and/or trade them with your friends. Tell them that weird Lantz guy sent you.
Art – 3: Some pages in the middle of the book look rushed. Superman in particular doesn’t look right in the scenes after Metropolis is flooded. That’s a shame because I normally love Howard Porter’s art.
Cover Art – 3: This cover suffers from the same problems as the interior art. Plus, it feels like Porter crammed too much into the image.
Variant Cover Art – 3: Could this cover be helping to gear up for Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman film directed by James Wan? I’m not sure, but this variant feels like a well drawn publicity stunt.
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