Sunday, April 3, 2016

Comic Book Review: Aquaman #50 - DC Comics (2016)

"Dead Water"

Written by Dan Abnett
Pencils by Brett Booth
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse

There is something killing people near water and leaving, what appears to be, shark bites on the victims.  The issue with these bodies of water is they are not near an ocean.  The latest victim was from a pool on top of a building.  The FBI and local authorities do not know what to make of it so the ruler of Atlantis, Aquaman, is called upon to investigate.
Aquaman has been a bit busy getting ready for the introduction of Mera, aka Aquawoman, to the Justice League, but he's always ready for an adventure.

Despite not reading any of the previous comic books leading to this issue I was able to follow it very well.  This goes with my previous blogs of letting readers, or future readers, know that you can pick up a comic book and just go from there.  Enjoy the ride.  Aquaman #50 provides that fun ride that readers of comic books should enjoy.  Dan Abnett did a terrific job writing this story as it included action, humor and excellent conversation between the characters.  The humor thrown in from Garth of Atlantis and especially from Agent Arni from the surface world were particularly fantastic.  The expressions on their faces made the delivery of the lines even better.

I also really enjoyed Aquaman explaining his actions.  There are reasons he would not necessarily need to assist in any investigations but he makes it understood why he does.  For that matter, the interactions of all characters in this book were great as they all moved the story forward and/or gave you a depiction of what each character was brought to the proverbial table.

Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse were the guest artistic team brought in for this book and is honestly the reason I bought the book.  It just so happened, Dan Abnett wrote a wonderful story to go along with the brilliant artwork.  Every page looked amazing in this book.  So many panels were cover-worthy.  The facial expressions, action shots and the angles used were excellent as Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund do this as well as anyone going today.  The part I really took notice in were the colors.  Aquaman's gold costume actually seemed to actually shimmer in the sunlight.  Andrew Dalhouse is doing color in a way you don't see in every comic.  The thing is, he does it in every comic he works on.  If this trio is doing the art on any future comic books, I'm on board.

I enjoyed Aquaman #50 and it's a bigger book so don't let the $4.99 price tag scare you away.  Well written and the art is remarkable.  It is everything a person could want from a comic book.

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