Review: Aquaman #33
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons
The Chimera strikes! Aquaman is in trouble as he is being attacked by the very sea creatures he has sworn to protect. Elsewhere, Mera continues to deal with the rebel Atlantians. This issue isn’t as action packed as it sounds and mainly serves as an in depth introduction to the Chimera. There are some interesting ideas floating around in here… if you can get past some of the stilted dialogue.
The Chimera has the potential to be a really interesting villain. More panel time is concerned with the Chimera than Aquaman this month and the Chimera has an interesting back story. The fact that it has a better connection to sea life, thus has better control over them than Aquaman is great. Parker really should tap into the Chimera’s dual nature of being both man and Karaqan more in future issues. Paul Pelletier, as always, is great when he does the pencil work in this book. The opening splash page with Aquaman being attacked by all the sea life is simply brilliant stuff. All the weird Atlantis stuff is always really interesting to look at, like the massive turtles that they use as basically chariots.
Man, there seemed to be a lot of exposition about things in this title that we already know about. Its very awkwardly placed here and makes some of the dialogue feel very stilted. I also have a fear that there may be too many things going on at the same time in the story. I’ve liked the tale that Jeff Parker has been weaving here, but it would be nice if a few of the plot threads would resolve.
Aquaman, like so many other DC titles, has the potential for greatness. There are a lot of interesting ideas floating around in this book, but there just seems to be something missing that ties it all together. Once Jeff Parker can find what it is then this book will be one of the best on the stands. Right now, though, its just ok.
Story: 3 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5