Spoilers ahead, you have been warned! In this highly anticipated series, we learn more from the personality of The Old King, and who’s going to be beside him in trying to reclaim the throne. If you do not wish to read about spoilers, please skip to my thoughts underneath to get a final review of what looks to be a real thriller!
What is this all about?
‘UNDERWORLD’ part two! Enraged by rumors of Arthur’s survival in the slums of Atlantis, the ruthless King Rath orders the use of ancient Atlantean techno-magic to track down the Aquaman at all costs! But the ex-king Arthur can’t hide for long when his fate collides with that of a mysterious young woman on the run from Rath’s own secret police. Her name: Dolphin.
The issue opens with a dilemma, straight into the heart of the action where we learn The Drift have become ferociously capable under The New King, and that Aquaman must either choose to fight or surrender! Before long we are very quickly introduced to ‘Mute Girl’, a quiet, thrilling mutant who has some unexpected thrilling powers! As the small talk becomes extinguished, ‘Mute Girl’ (Who later on we find out her real name is Dolphin), uses her powers, or talents if you will, to aid in protection. Unleashing strong pulses driving into The Drift triggering seizures. Aiding them essential time to try and get away.
Unfortunately, these powers have proven not to be enough. The Drift use lethal force (Death Magic) to pull off a god almighty strong attack. Only to be dismantled by disruption on the surface caused by what seems to be a foreign source. With an attack on Atlantis on the horizon, The Drift reluctantly stops the attack. Focusing their attention on who’s trying to get access to The Crown of Thorns.
Through the incredible artwork we see through Stephan Sejic’s eye, we see an imbecile force to be reckoned with. The Dead Kings Witch Widow (Mera of Xebel), has caused the distraction on Atlantis, in which we see that The Lord snuffs her attempt of an attack on the Crown of Thornes. With this notion still ongoing in the background, we are then submerged deeper into this story to a hidden place. One Aquaman thought no longer resides with any source of living activity. Dolphin takes Aquaman to this hideout – but for what reason, we’ve learned that she doesn’t talk? We learn that she believes he can save all the undesirables and taint-bloods, from the horror of King Rath – and restore hope within Atlantis. It’s a task in which Aquaman feels his abilities and believes could not obtain such a standard.
As the story pans out, and tension is rising, with adrenaline racing through your mind, you are then met with Krush. Who has been ordered by Urcell on behalf of his Majesty, to enforce order and make sure that the Old King does not make an appearance. That he does not return and gets threatened with another Drift Raid if he fails to comply. Reassurances are made, but the beliefs are that these are only rumored speculation he has returned. As he’s yet to be really seen by anyone other than The Drift. Circling back to Mera, we realize she is not the monster she has been made out to be. We realize that she does not represent salvation, but seeks to preserve Atlantis.
It feels that within the next handful of series, we could learn a lot more about Mera. Her presence, why she’s there, the true extent of her powers, and what she’s willing to do to fulfill her objectives. To wrap the series up, we are then introduced to Kadauer. Now I can’t spoil everything for you now can I? You’ll just have to purchase the issue to see just how big a cliff hanger we’ve been left on to find out how this one ends… sorry!
Through the eye of Stjepan Sejic, the artwork has you enticed without the need of words. Visually, the series is stunning and captures not only your eye but your own twisted thoughts as to how this will unravel. We are introduced to a smattering of new characters, without seeing their full abilities. A story that binds together the plot for Atlantis on what looks to be a really good number. Steve Wands does a fantastic job of lettering. The way everything is set works hand in hand with other elements of the series.
Exploring what it would be like to put yourself in Atlantis. This makes for a really good read with some emotional moments. For a series that’s in the build up to Jason Mamoa’s version of the series. It shows you a side to Aquaman that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. If you think he’s all muscle and no brains, you might be right, but this series shows you a side that’s maybe more cunning. Not to mention slightly more vulnerable and maybe not as over powered as you first thought.
The only complaint I have with this series is that there’s nothing overly new going on here. It is a plot that you would maybe call a ‘filler series’ rather than a ‘must read’ to understand the plot kind of story.
At this moment in time, it feels like a slow build up to something major, something we probably won’t expect. Something that we will undoubtedly enjoy as underrated as it is in the DC Universe. Knowing full well that the next few series to come should hopefully bring us more excitement, stronger mind boggling plots. Hopefully something that could lead our curious minds into just how Aquaman is going to play his role in the Justice League, and what he will bring to the table to make them, quite simply, the best of the best. I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did!
Reviewed by Josh Edgley
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by: Stjepan Sejic, Steve Wands
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: July 19th, 2017