Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Daniel Sampere
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
The art in this book is absolutely fantastic. Story is the most important quality in any comic, but certain superheroes, Aquaman being one of them, have to jump off the page and leave a strong visual impression. The story is excellent here, but the art is what really does it for me. As a compliment to the artwork, the character development is also executed perfectly. Both leads seem way more badass than I was expecting them to be going in. Then there’s the ending. You gotta end strong if you want the fans to even consider picking up issue #2, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to see what comes next. Saying this comic ended strong would be putting it mildly.
The Future State comic series has been very successful thus far and Aquaman is easily one of the most popular superheroes (now more than ever), so maybe this one sells itself. But at first glance the premise doesn’t make it feel like a must-read by any means. Fortunately that’s not the case.
If you just read the overview of this Aquaman series you might not be all that intrigued, but once you pick up this issue you’ll fly right through it and be excited for what issue #2 might bring. Everybody knows DC Comics underwhelm in comparison to Marvel, but this was easily one of the best I’ve ever read from the publisher.