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I’m definitely enjoying reading this title since its relaunch. Writer Geoff Johns has wisely ignored much of the previous Aquaman continuity and is giving us stories that feel fresh. This storyline has Black Manta hunting down a previously unseen international super-group that Aquaman was previously a member of. Johns has built back into the history of the group until it feels real, even though we don’t know the players that well. Manta is after a secret treasure, and in this issue is homing in on it. Aquaman is determined he won’t get it. The rest of The Others, as the team is called, is ready to back him up when they track Manta to a mysterious tomb. Meanwhile, back at home, Mera has had her own encounter with Manta, and it didn’t go well for her. The big reveal at the end of this issue is Indiana Jones territory, and I loved it.
The art by penciller Ivan Reis and a trio of inkers is lovely. Reis seems to me to take some cues from George Perez as well as younger artists like Jim Lee. His work is top notch. The colors by Rod Reis add a lot of great atmosphere.