Aquaman Annual #1
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Geraldo Borges, Ruy Jose
Cover Price: 4.99
Ostrander gives us another story in Aquaman Annual #1 that features Aquaman and The Others. This short story takes us away from the current storyline of the series. Previous issues focusing on The Others have been great and enjoyable to read. The Others are a unique team of heroes, each member with interesting abilities and characteristics. I was rather excited to pick this issue up. I really liked what Ostrander did with The Others in Aquaman #20, and I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, Aquaman’s first annual of the new 52 is not as good as I anticipated.
In this issue our heroes are on a quest to get back the magic Atlantean helmet from the evil sorcerer who stole it from them. The sorcerer plays mind games with our heroes and tries to turn them against each other. The writing isn’t necessarily bad in this issue, but the plot and dialogue become predictable rather quickly. We don’t see the same characterization that The Others have received in previous issues. The entire issue has a weird feel to it. All of the characters seem a bit off, including Aquaman.
Pencils by Borges and Diaz were good for most of the issue. The pencils during the action sequences looked very nice, as did the colors. For the most part, the characters are drawn well. There were a few moments of repetitive panel styles that were designed to increase tension in the book, but they were not executed well.
I had high hopes for this book. The Others are a diverse group of heroes that I have grown to love since their introduction in the New 52. Ostrander fails to bring any depth to the characters in a rather bland story. Aquaman Annual #1 is not horrible, but I would not recommend this book, especially with the $4.99 price tag.
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