Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2
Few covers have shocked me as much as this. The raw anger and violence on issue #2’s cover was stifling. and I was curious if the contents of the issue would be as intense as its cover.
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #2 opens with Aquaman, Prince Orm, and Siren plotting the assassination of the Meta-Human Terra. Terra is the one who, under the instruction of the Amazons, raised Great Britain half a mile into the air. Despite some warnings form his advisors; Aquaman dispatches Orm and Siren to do the Job. They arrive to find Terra sitting outside, seeming harmless enough. As Orm and Siren are ambushed by a less than welcoming group of Amazons, we flash back to the story of Aquaman. Beginning like many Aquaman stories before, the flashback slowly begins to take that oh so familiar FLASHPOINT turn for the worst. It becomes angry, violent, and truly disturbing. Snapping back to a reality of equal ferocity, Wonder Woman appears and unleashes her “Furies” on the Atlantean flagship. She is on the rise to confront the leader of her underwater foes. And to think, they were once almost married.
This issue was a complete opposite of CITIZEN COLD. Issue #2 was much stronger than issue #1, though the story of issue #1 was strengthened a bit by Wonder Woman’s #1. The story flowed better and even though there were some wonderfully shocking moments, the comic didn’t feel to ride their momentum. I felt it dragged a little at times, but Bedard did a great job with his cliffhanger ending. The art is done very well, but something bothers me in how vastly different Aquaman looks before the assassination of Diana’s mother and after. A haircut is not the only difference; his whole body shape and bone structure changed as his first marriage failed.
I was very happy with issue #2. Tough I didn’t think the first one was awful, I felt issue #2 caught the essence of the anger and tyranny that Aquaman has boiling over. I do however hope either WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #2 or the next issue of EMPEROR AQUMAN goes more in depth into what happened to Mera. She has been in a mess of covers and panels, but we still don’t know the true details of her death. Great issue. Go pick it up.