After an issue which was nothing more than an extended fight scene, the follow-up, Aquaman #6, is… another extended fight scene. It feels like more filler, albeit decent, logical filler which gives Aquaman a chance to vent. But seriously, this is a waste of time and money.
Aquaman and Mera have escaped from the US government’s detention facility and smashed their way through the army. Now, standing between them and freedom is the man of steel himself, Superman. While they start out discussing the problem, they soon take to brawling.
And more brawling.
And yet more brawling.
Oh, and there’s the subplot with Black Manta joining N.E.M.O.
But mostly it’s just Superman and Aquaman brawling, and that’s basically it.
For a series which started out so well, presenting Aquaman as an intelligent diplomat and a figure of hope, this issue and the previous one have brought the storyline to a near-halt. While it’s good seeing Aquaman square off against Superman and mouth off about the pecking order of the Justice League, it also amounts to a whole lot of nothingness. If the intention was to have readers take Aquaman seriously, it’s failed. The dignity and humility shown at the beginning of this storyline have gone and what’s left is just a typical fight which, in years past, could have been handled in just a couple of pages before continuing with the actual plot.
Here it’s more like an issue of time-wasting. Which is odd, because this issue is billed as the conclusion to this storyline and yet nothing is resolved. Honestly, what’s going on here? What happened to the other subplots and characters, and the main story about the Atlantean terrorist organization? If this is the payoff to the story arc, which is what the title suggests, then what was the point?
Brad Walker’s art looks more than fine and with a panel layout which flows smoothly, and he’s done his job admirably. It’s just a shame that his skills have been wasted on a story which doesn’t go anywhere.
Aquaman #6 is another step backward for what looked to be Aquaman’s time to shine. Based on recent evidence, it’s hard to justify continuing with the series from here on. This series has gone from making waves to treading water, and now it seems like it’s about to go belly-up.