Wednesday, February 13, 2013

AQUAMAN #15


“Throne of Atlantis” Part Two

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Art Thibert with Karl Kesel
Colorist: Rod Reis
Letterer: Nick Napolitano
Editor: Brian Cunningham & Pat McCallum

Synopsis

While Batman and Aquaman deal with a flooded Gotham City, Wonder Woman and Superman meet Vulko in Metropolis.  The team converges on the Watchtower, where Aquaman asks Cyborg to get Dr. Stephen Shin to safety.  Determined to deal with the Atlanteans on his own, Aquaman confronts Orm in Boston.  Aquaman wants his brother to stand down, but Orm can’t understand what Aquaman is doing on the surface if not ruling the humans.  As the situation worsens, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman arrive to take matters into their own hands, leading Aquaman to turn on his allies in the Justice League

Notes

Page 1:  I am going to make an effort to make these annotations less…how shall I say it?  Wordy than my usual work on issues of Justice League.  I will endeavor to be a bit more expedient and only cover the most important details, if only for my own sanity…

In Justice League #15, Cyborg warned Batman and Aquaman that Gotham City was about to get hit by a tidal wave.  Looks like that happened…


That would by Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock floating in the water above the Bat-signal.

Page 3:  “Barbara’s safe, Jim.”  Barbara is Barbara Gordon, Jim’s daughter and secretly Batgirl.

“The Scarecrow’s thugs kidnapped a witness…”  Batman and Aquaman rescued that witness in Justice League #15.

“We pulled him and some of your officers from the docks.”  The witness to which they are referring is actually a young lady, who was kidnapped by the Scarecrow and later rescued by Batman as seen in recent issues of Batman: The Dark Knight

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The general public doesn't believe in the existence of Atlantis, despite  what Dr. Stephen Shin has told them.

Page 7:  That aircraft carrier is the U.S.S. Mabus, which was thrown into Metropolis, via tidal wave, in Justice League #15.

Being water-breathers, Atlanteans have gills, and therefore do not have lungs.

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We see here that Atlanteans are strong enough to at least give Superman a run for his money.

“If he were still king, they never would have done this.”  The first indication that Aquaman was, at one point, king of Atlantis.  But now, for one reason or another, he is not.

Page 9:  “I was in a different frame of mind.”  You know, angry, hot-headed, stubborn.  Nothing like Aquaman is now…

Page 10:  “That missile test that sent those Tomahawks straight to the ocean floor…they must’ve detonated on or near Atlantis.”  As seen in Justice League #15.

Whoa.  Struck a nerve there, did he?

“You’re the one that said the League has to stop keeping secrets from one another…”  In “The Villain’s Journey” story line seen in Justice League #9-12.

Page 11:  “I nearly died trying to find Atlantis.”  As seen in Aquaman (New 52) #0.

“Until Darkseid came and the Justice League was founded.  It gave me a place to go.”  The events of Justice League #1-6 took place several weeks/months after Arthur found Atlantis in Aquaman (New 52) #0.


Page 12

Only Batman would be flattered by the fact that Aquaman saw him as a threat...



Dr. Stephen Shin, first appeared in Aquaman (New 52) #3.  A marine biologist and researcher of Atlantis.

Page 13:  “I tried to contact the Flash, but he’s not answering.  Reports said he was dealing with some kind of primal attack.  Unrelated.”  Ever since The Flash (New 52) Annual #1, Central City has been under attack by Gorilla Grodd and an army of angry apes.  Flash has his hands full at the moment. 

“Vulko’s the first Atlantean I ever met.  He’s been exiled since my mother’s death.”  As seen in Aquaman (New 52) #0.


Page 14The Trench, first appeared in Aquaman (New 52) #1.  A race of vicious, cannibalistic ocean-dwelling creatures that live beneath the sea floor.  They’re a pretty hungry lot.  They were trapped by Aquaman in a cavern in Aquaman (New 52) #4, but apparently someone thought that it was a good idea to free then again.

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He's not a super-villain,...yet.  You left off the yet, Aquaman.  With an outfit like that, what else can he aspire to be?

It's interesting to see that, even though they have their disagreements, Batman trusts Aquaman enough and is willing to give him an opportunity to make things right.

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See?  That look just screams "super-villain."

“I am speaking your language correctly, am I not?”  If not, just speak louder.  That always works…

Page 18:  “I am talking about the great King Arthur.  Your ruler, human.”  What, has Arthur been telling his brother that he’s king of the surface world?  Awww, that’s cute how brothers like to outdo one another.

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Orm can't fathom why Arthur would be living on the surface world if not to rule them.

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Akin to how modern man thinks that Atlantis is just a myth.  Oh, how foolish we are...

Page 21

Well...someone's not looking too happy...

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This could have gone better...