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Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others (The New 52) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/11/19
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"Aquaman has been a rollicking good ride."—Mtv Geek
"Aquaman" has surprised some comic fans and won consistent critical and popular acclaim. Don't you think it's time to find out what all the hubbub is about?"—Comic Book Resources
"With Reis on art and Johns using his full creative juices, Aquaman is constantly setting the bar higher and higher."—Craveonline
From the Hardcover edition.
Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.
Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.
Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.
This is a really good installment into Aquaman lore. Geoff Johns is really doing a fantastic job at defining Aquaman, Merra, Dr. Shin and the world they inhabit. He is really creating a cool fish out of water (hahahaha, alright, enough of that) character, Arthur Curry, half human half Atlantean, and trying to have him escape his sordid past and become a hero on the surface world. Volume one of this series did a great job of Arthur making headway with the surface world, introducing a cool new threat, and planting mysterious for our watery hero to find out about in regards to his past and what sank the great city of Atlantis.
Volume 2 picks right up after events from the first volume with Arthur having discovered an Atlantean relic from his encounter with the Trench. His pre-52 nemesis is involved in hunting down old teammates of his, and taking them out and collecting their Atlantean relics they have been assigned to protect. Johns reintroduces Black Manta in heart pounding fashion and gives him a new backstory to keep him and Arthur fighting for a long time.
The Others are an interesting bunch but their motivations for why they care about the safety of Atlantean artifacts is suspect. It felt chalked up to these were just upstanding people who wanted to do the right thing but with the traits and dynamics Johns has given everyone else in this series, and what he has done in other series, especially Green Lantern, it felt lacking. The other major issue is why does Arthur trust these people? This was a huge character inaccuracy, especially with the way Johns portrays Aquaman just five years prior to where he loathes surface dwellers and is very hostile, traits I felt were overdone in the flashbacks of this team working together. Also, two minor gripes: the powers of individual members of The Others were not all quite clear nor were the powers of their given relics. Not all, just some, and it was not entirely clear if their given relic gave them their powers.
The ending is epic and promises bigger things to come. The mysteries of Atlantis are going to be discovered no matter who Aquaman has to go through. But at least he has allies.
Cannot do this review without mentioning the incredibly talented illustrator, Ivan Reis. He kills it on this series with dramatic flare drawing incredible figures with extremely detailed backgrounds. He really has a cinematic style that makes you want to munch on a bucket of popcorn. Inker Joe Prado and colorist Rod Reis bring excellence as well to fully enhance one of the best art teams in comics. Sad that this is their last stint on this series, but they do continue their magic on DC's flagship book Justice League. Oh, and the next arc is a crossover with Aquaman, so more cool waves crashing and Aquaman kicking butt.
Cannot wait for volume 3!!! Although, there is some controversy on the contents (repeat issues with little difference between the two collections) check out Aquaman Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (The New 52) (Aquaman: the New 52) or, and Justice League, Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) for more ocean sized epic storytelling.
Geoff Johns' writing is what I would personally call the "Quintessential" Aquaman storyline(s), and in my opinion, better than any other writing on the Aquaman series to date. Aquaman has had a long, and sometimes tumultuous run in comics, and I feel that Geoff Johns' writing has changed that.
I fell that Aquaman Vol. 2: The others is the weakest, overall, of the three existing graphic novels for this series. That's not saying that it is bad, at all, it is excellent, but the other two novels, in my own opinion, are even better.
I don't know that I will continue to read the series beyond his run, as I don't know that many other writers out there can follow up on Mr. Johns' work aside from talents like Jeff LeMaire or Scott Snyder, neither of which I honestly see writing Aquaman anytime soon.
If you are an Aquaman fan, a Reluctant Aquaman fan, a Closet Aquaman fan, or just want to read an excellent storyline, I would suggest picking up all three Aquaman graphic novels:
Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench
Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others
Aquaman Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis