Aquaman and the Others #10
By Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, Matt Milla and Peter Pantazis
For a spin off series, Aquaman and the Others has been pretty entertaining. The characters are fun and Dan Jurgens and company have given us some stories that allow us to get to know them a little better. Unfortunately the series is coming to an end next month, but hopefully the Others will continue to be used in the DC Universe.
Throughout the run on this title Dan Jurgens has given us some backstory on Vostok which dealt with several clones. We continue to get some more insight into the life of Vostok and Jurgens has made it entertaining. Having said that, the pacing of this issue seems to be a bit too fast. Prisoner of war is dealt with in a couple of pages and then there is an attack on our villains. Perhaps the canceling of the series had something to do with speeding this up, but we can’t be sure. Another minor gripe is that a book with Aquaman in the title rarely features him. He is hardly in this issue, and it’s cool that they focus on members of the Others, but you do need to milk your cash cow.
The art duties are handled by Lan Medina with colors by Matt Milla and Peter Pantazis. The art this issue is pretty good and Lan Medina seems very comfortable with the many characters that he’s had to juggle here. The fight between Prisoner of war and Cole was well drawn and it’s always cool to see cuts and slashes to people’s masks. Medina draws a sweet page of Vostok reflecting on his past as he stares at his reflection that is very poignant. The colors by Milla and Pantazis are spectacular here as usual. They really enhance the pencils by Medina and really make them pop. The art team did a wonderful job on this issue all together.
As the series winds down, this was a bit of a fast issue. Aquaman and the Others has been fun and the work of Dan Jurgens has been the main reason why. Even though this wasn’t the best issue, it was still better than other junky books on the shelves today. Hopefully this crew will send it out with a nice farewell.