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Aquaman #18

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Will Pfeifer
Artists: Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy
Publisher: D.C. Comics

I have to say I was a little disappointed by the scene where Aquaman defeats the giant sea creature by essentially thinking it apart, as while it's a powerful display of his command over ocean life, the simple fact of the matter is that I had been rather jazzed up for a large scale action set piece that had Aquaman battling a massive monster, much like the cover to this issue advertises, that I was decidedly underwhelmed by this rather abrupt victory. However, the issue does follow this up with a great little sequence where Aquaman uses his mental abilities to locate the person
responsible for this disaster, and one has to love the final pages of this issue as we see Aquaman closing in on this party. The issue also does a pretty fair job of setting up the idea that this person seems to believe that he had a valid reason for this wholesale destruction of a populated city, and I can't wait for the scene where he attempts to explain why to a royally cheesed off Aquaman.

There's also an interesting opening sequence as Will Pfeifer takes a look at another form of life that has to be kept from rushing to the surface to their deaths, and this opening scene acts as a solid look at a little idea that most writers wouldn't have paid any attention to. There's also a solid little character moment where an ally of Aquaman's is killed during the battle, and this scene does a very effective job of conveying the character's empathic connection to the creatures that live in the ocean. There's also an interesting surprise when we see that Aquaman's new sidekick can emerge from her watery prison.

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