Aquaman / Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter and Scott Godlewski
Colors: Hi-Fi and Manapul
Letters: Tom Napolitano

Spoilers ahead!

I was skeptical of Drowned Earth at first, but these last couple of issues, culminating in this week’s incredible conclusion, really turned my opinion around. The story doesn’t let up for a second. While other writers may have collapsed under the weight of handling so many characters, plot lines and villainous threats simultaneously, Scott Snyder balances everything with ease.

The exceptional writing is complemented perfectly with gorgeous artwork. In some panels, you’re drawn in by the sheer majesty of the sea. In others, you almost recoil seeing beloved characters having turned into hideous fish monsters. While all we see of the Death Kraken is its tentacles, it’s enough to put fear in your heart. Less is definitely more in this instance.

And then there’s that ending. Everything turns back to normal, but not at a great cost. I have a real soft spot for these kinds of stories where the hero makes one last stand, sacrificing their life for the greater good. Naturally, he’s not gone for long, but the fact that he would make this kind of sacrifice just cements why these characters are considered heroes. Drowned Earth ends in epic fashion, showing just what is possible in the medium.

Aquaman is almost in theaters, and I’m very excited to see it. It’s bound to be a financial success, and I have no doubt that within days or weeks of its release, a press release will come out affirming a sequel is in the works. Aquaman is an iconic character with plenty of stories to pull from. While the higher-ups are talking about potential sequel ideas, I genuinely hope Drowned Earth is in talks to be adapted. That ending reminded me a lot of The Dark Knight Rises, and it would make for a thrilling conclusion to a trilogy of Aquaman films.

Overall Score: 10/10

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