Publisher: DC Comics
Released: April 16th, 2019
Issues: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League 10-12, Aquaman 40-41, Titans #28, Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1
I received a copy of Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is an intense team-up of the ‘saving the world’ variety. If the combined teams here can’t find a solution to the problem at hand…well the title sort of gives away what could happen, doesn’t it?
I’ll confess that this is the first plot I’ve read with a heavy focus on Aquaman. I understand why he sort of got his own event, with the movie being out and all, so that makes sense. But I’ve never consistently read his series, and I was worried I’d have trouble following along. But to be honest? That fear was unfounded. I had no problem understanding the stakes at hand. Sure, I totally missed some of the context between characters and the like, but I hope that didn’t diminish my enjoyment too much.
Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth had a ton going on within, and it did a brilliant job of including dozens of different characters and teams. Obviously you can guess right away that the Justice League and Aquaman were involved. The Titans also had an issue, and on the whole it felt like they pulled in lots of secondary characters from these worlds to flesh out the plot.
This was probably one of the better events/team-ups I’ve read in quite some time. It was well thought out, intense, and always had something going on. On the whole I was really happy with the pacing, and have to say that they did a good job of making everything understandable to those that don’t consistently follow Aquaman.
This was a really fun read. And while the title implies that Aquaman gets a heavier focus (and he does, along with Mera), I still felt like a lot of the other characters really got their moment to shine as well. Wonder Woman and Batman both played their parts, as did the Flash, Superman, and even some of the Titans (though I haven’t been seeing them join these team-ups too often lately). It made the plot feel balanced, but it also helped to give us a better idea of the scale. If this many heroes were required to find a solution…well that kind of says a lot, doesn’t it?
Personally I think I enjoyed the plot with Mera the most, which tells me I should dig up more plots involving her. It wasn’t just her character I liked though; the specific problems she had to deal with were the most intriguing to me. Though the Aquaman side of things was a close second, for the record.
I like this sort of large event. There was a lot at stake, but it didn’t automatically equal death. That helped make the events feel more real, even when they inevitably became reversed (kind of hard to take a death seriously when you know they’ll do something to undo it). It was a good choice. I’m looking forward to more events like this one.