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Brightest Day #19

February 5, 2011

Title: Aquawar Part One

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert & Rob Hunter
Peter Steigerwald
Rob Clark, Jr.
David Finch
Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza
DC Comics

As Deadman interrogates the White Lantern, trying to figure out why it would destroy Hawkman and Hawkgirl, in the depths of the ocean a war is brewing. The army from Mera’s dimension is swarming the beaches on the surface world, Black Manta at their command, leaving Aquaman and Aqualad as the only line of defense.

The Deadman stuff goes quick this issue, although we get a nice chunk of information. We still don’t quite know what the White Lantern’s true game is, but I feel like we have more of the puzzle pieces we need to put it all together. The battle scenes are impressive – large in scope, sprawling and chaotic. We definitely get a sense that our heroes are at war in this issue. The final pages are pretty abrupt, with a final cliffhanger that echoes some of the more interesting things that have happened to Aquaman in the past. It’s been plain from the outset that the writers have plans for Arthur Curry, and this issue makes that clearer than ever. I still can’t quite figure out where they intend to take him, but the surety that there is a plan is important.

Good story, great artwork.

Rating: 8/10

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