Story by Rob Williams and Dan Abnett
Art by José Luís
Inks by Jordi Tarragona
Colors by Adriano Lucas
The third part of the Sink Atlantis arc is here, and if you haven’t been keeping up, Harley will catch you up in her synonymous fourth wall breaking meta style during the first few pages of the issue.
Rob Williams and Dan Abnett probably came to the realization very early in their collaboration that there won’t be that many readers that would be willing to pick up Aquaman along with their copy of Suicide Squad or vice-versa so they have made it easy for their own readers to be caught up if they are not making the other title part of their pull list during the Sink Atlantis crossover. This catch up is punctuated even more by the cheekiness and humour of Quinn during her exchanges with Murk, as he “interrogates” her. These first few pages are actually the best part of the issue, which is not a slant on the rest of the issue, just an observation about how entertaining Harley is in this title when she is not the main protagonist.
This issue is part 3 of the 4 part crossover and focuses mainly on the newer members of Task Force X, Lord Satanis and Master Jailer, and their contrasting feelings about the species ending mission they are heading up.
Williams and Abnett are keen to highlight Satanis’ unbridled ambition and the lengths he will go to be successful. He’s clearly the baddest guy in this issue full of anti-heroes as Master Jailer and Urcell struggle with the true mission brief.
As far as Aquaman’s involvement in this issue goes he is on a charm offensive trying to encourage King Shark in joining his nuke recovery mission before Atlantis becomes a watery rubble, and how he convinces him to join up is a credit to Williams and Abnett as they play the self interest card.
The writing team also takes time to show Mera in her new diplomatic role as she meets with the U.S. Ambassador to Atlantis. The Mera they show is not a patient one though, as she wastes little time with pleasantries in seeking answers for the current plot by Waller to nuke Atlantis. Mera is portrayed as aggressive and threatening here, but this seems more Williams’ direction than Abnett because Mera has been quite measured during Rebirth under Abnett’s writing on Aquaman and the Mera mini-series.
Jose Luis’ pencils in this issue are magnificent with both foreground and background art well defined. Each panel has been pencilled with care and there are two full page panels that are gorgeous despite the violent content. Jordi Tarragona’s inks are clean and not overdone allowing the art to mainly speak for itself. The issue’s art is also nicely finished off with expert coloring from Adriana Lucas presenting a somber look in the submerged Atlantean scenes and a vibrancy in those scenes above sea level. There aren’t many Suicide Squad issues where the art is a letdown, and this one does not buck the trend.
The final issue of the arc takes place next week in Aquaman #40. See you in 7 for the review of the conclusion.
7.5 out of 10
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