Of all the characters in the DC Universe Aquaman takes the most heat. For some reason he takes more flack than any other character, but with the New 52 seems to be churning out some of the best stories. Thankfully writer Geoff Johns took the helm and brought the character to the forefront making him one of the key members of the DC Universe pantheon where he belongs. Now his time to give up the throne has come with Aquaman # 25 not only marking his final issue but also the epic conclusion of his “Death of a King” storyline.
The issue follows Aquaman who has accepted the responsibility that comes with being King of Atlantis, but as he and Mera face a difficult choice it could destroy the love that’s defined their lives! No matter all the jokes he is the brunt of Aquaman not only has become one of the better books out there, but also a great overall character. There was always so much untapped potential from the underwater world he inhabited and Johns had the vision to see it. This final chapter in the Death of the King not only continues to showcase the awesomeness of the character through great storytelling it sets up the future bringing a classic feel back to it. With ongoing arcs it is sometimes hard to jump in on a series, but with this issue the story is cleverly told so that anyone could pick up this issue and easily figure out the storyline and enjoy the action that is coming. The artwork by Paul Pelletier really shines bringing the underwater story to life, that is not an easy task trying to keep the readers in the mindset that they are underwater for the duration.
While readers may be bummed about the loss of Geoff Johns after what he has done for the character, but rest assured he goes out with a bang delivering yet another great issue. Have no fear though the series is being left in good hands with artist Peter Pelletier sticking around and new writer Jeff Parker diving in to take the King of Atlantis to the next chapter of his life.
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