“Throne of Atlantis” continues with part 4, in Aquaman #16.
Aquaman find himself, along with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, trapped at the bottom of the ocean, confronted by the Creatures he sealed away in THE DEEP. Meanwhile, Cyborg allows his father to finally replace his last human lung so that he can be upgraded to survive underwater or in space, while the Justice League reserves battle the Atlantean Army. After his upgrade, Cyborg Boom Tubes himself and Mera to the Deep to rescue Aquaman and company, just as they learn that a recently-stolen Atlantean scepter can be used to control the monsters. As the Creatures rise from the ocean, attacking Atlantean and human alike, Vulko, Aquaman’s oldest friend and fellow exile from Atlantis, reveals he stole the scepter and plans to use it to take revenge on the underwater kingdom!
Continuing on from Justice League #16, this issue reads more like the next issue of that title, as opposed to one for Aquaman. Sure, Arthur fighting the Creatures from his opening arc and Vulko’s reveal are all things that should be here. And yet, there are quite a few things present that should have taken place in Justice League, such as Cyborg’s decision to sacrifice another piece of his humanity for an upgrade, and the League reserves fighting the Atlanteans. It’s like Johns didn’t have enough Aquaman-centric stuff for this issue, so he used up some of his JL material to fill it out.
Speaking of the Reserves, I have to ask, if the League is so desperate they are calling in non-members, then why the heck is no one calling Flash? Green Lantern quit the team a while back, and Hal Jordan’s gone missing, but there hasn’t been a single reference to the Flash’s absence from this story. And sure, he’s probably just someplace else, stuck in Gorilla City or something. But if this is a situation worthy of calling in EVERYBODY, then why not insert a panel showing Cyborg failing to reach Barry? Seems odd, like they just forgot about him or something.
Vulko’s betrayal is a surprising one. As one of Aquaman’s long-time supporting characters, this is tantamount to Alfred trying to blow up Gotham, or Jimmy Olsen to destroy Metropolis. And while I figured Orm being the responsible party was cleary a red herring, I didn’t see that one coming. And yet, even in his speech to Shin there at the end, it seems like Vulko still sees himself on Arthur’s side. His grudge is against Atlantis for exiling him. His focus might not even be on the human world. It’s looking like he provoked the Atlanteans into a war with the League, and is planning to use the heroes and the Creatures to crush them from both sides, water and land.
Very excited for next month’s conclusion.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Solid continuation||Too many Justice League plots|