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Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1

July 12, 2011

Title: Emperor Aquaman Part One

Writer: Tony Bedard
Ardian Syaf
Vicente Cifuentes
Kyle Ritter
Jared K. Fletcher
Ardian Syaf
Eddie Berganza    
DC Comics

Like many of the Flashpoint spin-offs we’ve been following, Emperor Aquaman seems dedicated to showing how the past of the Flashpoint universe differs from the DCU we know, leading up to the point of the Atlantis/Amazon war that’s currently threatening the world. Emperor Aquaman, however, seems to be one of the few books showing both the past and the present. The book brings us up to date on the past year’s worth of activity, including Aquaman’s attempt at a treaty with King Brion of Markovia (Geo-Force of the Outsiders in the main DCU), the destruction of Rome, and a tragedy that is probably driving him harder than anything else that’s happened in this altered timeline. This is most definitely not the Aquaman we’re used to. He’s militant, angry, and violent, and while I’d never like to see him take this path in the core DC Universe, it makes for an interesting counterpoint. All of those snobs who crack jokes about Aquaman’s effectiveness really need to crack this book open to see what he’d be capable of if the surface world pissed him off enough. Ardian Syaf, one of the best guys working at DC these days, continues doing that great work in this issue. Underwater scenes can be difficult to pull off, but he captures the different physics and staging of the scenes well, and Kyle Ritter’s shift in color palette from Atlantis to Markovia helps the scenes stand apart from one another and really pop on the screen. It all works for me, and works pretty well.

Rating: 7/10

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