To say a lot happens in Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth would be the understatement of the century. This is an epic war like you’ve never seen, pairing all of the DC heroes against a new enemy and many of the DC villains to determine Earth’s fate.
A few spoilers below, so be warned!
There are a lot of stories playing out simultaneously, advancing the storylines for both Aquaman and the Justice League. I was amazed at how much storytelling was packed into this volume. We see Aquaman discovering a dangerous enemy ripped from Atlantis’ past. He wages his own battle against these forces until emerging to continue the fight alongside the rest of the Justice League. We see Mera nearly give her life to save Atlantis. She weighs the dilemma of focusing on her own people versus the world as a whole. We see every member of the Justice League working overtime as they try to stop the advancing tide of transformations brought on by the overwhelmed oceans. In the end, it takes an epic battle and all hands on deck to step Earth back from the brink of destruction.
This isn’t just an alien force come to take over Earth. We see many of Earth’s villains rise from the depths to add their own difficulties to the mix. It’s exciting to see them pop up, almost like an unexpected cameo from a movie star.
The artwork is brilliant throughout, depicting a startling level of detail during small and epic moments. Nothing is left undiscovered in the panels, creating a hyper-real experience as enemy after enemy is thrown into the fight. There’s an interesting departure from the typical style near the middle of the volume, using watercolors and muddled details to convey the story. It adds some variety to this already well-drawn volume.
Overall, Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is an epic to end all epics. Everyone is here and they’re all ready to fight for Earth. Prepare to set out on a wild ride.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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