Writer – Jeff Parker
Artist – Paul Pelletier
Inker – Sandra Hoper, Wayne Faucher, Tony Kordos
Colours – Rain Beredo
Karaku the elemental has awoken, Atlanna does not believe that Aquaman is her son and things are just generally going crazy and as such, Aquaman is not having a good day. But no matter what Atlanna may think, Arthur saves her from death because in the end, she is still his mother whether she believes him or not. Paul Pelletier and Jeff Parker fill this last issue of the Maelstrom storyline with a ton of action and excitement, more than many books in DC’s stable can claim to sport. This issue Mera really gets to shine as Arthur is momentarily incapacitated underneath the fist of the elemental monster. All she sees is that the man she loves is in trouble and so she summons the ocean around her in a form just as big and as bold as that of Karaku and takes the fight to him. As can be guessed, the good guys win in the end, but it is the getting there that is an incredible amount of fun. Atlanna is a strong woman, but a woman who was forced to flee her kingdom a long time ago and in that time her fears have not only increased, they have become a strength to her and have hardened her against all those that would make claim upon her or her new home. Arthur is just as strong though and he has been looking for his mother for a long time now, so to prove just who he is, he summons the creatures of the ocean to him, something only a monarch of Atlantis can do and she has no choice but to believe him. Too much time has passed though and it is hard to let go of those things that have made one run for so long, and so Atlanna sends Arthur and Mera back home alone. Parker finishes the story off strong and it has been one of the best tales to be featured in the book thus far. Hopefully after Convergence, Parker and Pelletier can come back to the title and continue their run on the book.
4 out of 5
Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica, Dan Green
Colours – Andrew Dalhouse
The action continues as the hordes from Apokolips go head-to-head with what remains of the Earth’s forces. Everyone from Hawkgirl to Flash to Batman is chipping in but there are just too many foes to fight. Meanwhile Power Girl, Superman and Red Tornado are standing against Darkseid and he so far, has been unstoppable. The battle that follows between the heroes and the ruler of Apokolips is furious and ferocious with Darkseid hardly giving an inch. Power Girl is the only one that seems to have any success against the monster, even managing to gouge an eye out, but one eye is still enough to conjure forth his Omega Beams and they are just as devastating as ever. This book has been doing a good job of keeping the pace going as fast as it possibly can and as such, it rarely ever gets boring and in fact, has been getting more and more exciting with every passing issue. There is still one last trick in the bag as up in space the Multiverse has been put to good use as Mister Terrific and company have drawn forth some more rescue ships – enough to save the rest of the planet’s population and as that door is open, Green Lantern is now filled with more power than he has ever had before, that of the Multiversal Green. So come next issue, the big battle is going to be Green Lantern versus Darkseid, one that will be interesting indeed. It should be a good fight and the writers and artists of this book are doing a really good job on these last few issues to really stress just how crazy and chaotic everything is. Once again, you cannot help but come back once more for to see insane action happens next.
4 out of 5