Review: Future’s End Aquaman #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Alvaro Martinez and Taylor Esposito
Other than having one of the worst lenticular covers of Future’s End month, what is up with Aquaman? Has the five year gap done the young king any good? Has he finally appeased his Atlantian subjects and made lasting ties with the main land? Is his love life with Mera still strong? Should you go out and buy this book? I will answer all of these questions with just one word. No.
One of the things that I have enjoyed about the Aquaman series since Throne of Atlantis is the political nature of the book. It is hard to be king, especially king of a bunch of xenophobic jerks that try to overthrow you any chance they get. This gives a nice complexity to the story that is missing in other books. That said, there is a point where all of this gets a little too tiresome and convoluted for its own good.
One of the problems I expected to be throughout the entire Future’s End one-shots is the radical reversal of the normal series’s status quo purely for shock value. All of these changes just feel artificial and forced without the necessary back story to set things up. There are little hints through out as to why things are the way they are, but they have very little substance behind them. Basically we are just left with Mera hating Aquaman because it would be shocking. Atlan rising yet again because of another gold artifact being pulled out of nowhere that we didn’t know about because it would be shocking. Aquaman is dating Ya’wara because it is shocking. The thing is, it isn’t shocking. It is lazy.
The other issue with this book is Jurgens. I don’t know why I bother reading this guy’s stuff anymore. I should just expect dialogue that is incredibly stiff with too much useless exposition. The same goes with the generic plotting and poor execution of what could be interesting ideas. The real problem I have with this one-shot is that it is to be continued. That is right, you have to buy Aquaman and the Others later this month the get the end of this terrible story. Looks like I will never know how future Aquaman gets out of this mess.
The writing is stiff and too reliant on shocks. The art is serviceable at best. The one-shot isn’t self-contained. Just stay away from this book.
Story: 2 out of 5
Art: 2 out 5
Overall: 2 out of 5