Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, this is becoming something of a regular occasion, and I personally will be enjoying it for as long as it lasts.
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: Aquaman #7 (New 52)
Publisher: DC Comics (April 26, 2016)
Length: 200 pages
Connor’s Rating: 4 stars
I admit it: Aquaman can get pretty confusing. You really have to read the whole series to get what is going on. Since this is me and my dad’s favorite comic series, we know what is happening, but I feel like new readers need to know this might not be the best graphic novel to get into Aquaman. Don’t take that to mean I didn’t like this book, because I did, a lot actually.
Aquaman: Exiled is about people from another dimension coming to earth, but they are destroying the world (Atlantis and everything else) in the process. This causes lots of problems besides the obvious, mainly that the Atlanteans want to stop the crisis by destroying the other dimension, but Aquaman disagrees, wanting to, at least, save the innocent people from there. Things getting heated, as most of Atlantis and even Queen Mera turn on our hero. But, with the help of some new friends, Aquaman tries to make his plan work.
Like I said earlier, Aquaman is my favorite comic. I love the character, love his life both above the sea and below it. Mera is cool. And the stories have kept me interested. Sure, it can get confusing sometimes, but never so bad that I couldn’t understand what was happening. Exiled really gave me everything that I wanted in a comic — except for the art.
Art isn’t everything in a comic. The story is the main thing I look for, but I really, really hate it when the art changes in the middle of a story. When the art styles are completely different, then I hate it even more. And here that is what happened. Right in the middle, the art completely changed, and it really, really did not work for me.
Well, I hope you liked this review, and I want to encourage everyone to give Aquaman a try. I use to think he was lame to, but he really isn’t. If you give the New 52 Aquaman a try, I think you would like him as well.