Justice League /Aquaman Drowned Earth #1 - Review
It feels really weird reviewing this book for a number of reasons. First off, its another book from 2018. It's also technically the first issue in the event even though I've already reviewed three of the tie-ins. The reading order for the event has been weird but here we are.
Drowned Earth started awkwardly in Justice League #10. It's gotten progressively better as the event has gone on. Titans #28 was a solid prelude and from a storytelling perspective, this issue is great.
Space Gods have decided that now is the time to take revenge on the earth based on actions taken in the distant past by Poseidon. The premise is simple but gives the League threat worthy of their powerset. The story also works as a nice primer for the Aquaman film which was released around the same time.
I'm gonna get the major complaint out of the way first. I'm not a fan of the art style. Howard does a decent enough job with the backgrounds and landscapes but when he has to draw the heroes and villains some of the character models and face's get rough. I'm not gonna say the art is trash but I wouldn't have chosen him to man the first part of this event.
I remember reviewing Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: Witching Hour last year. That event felt rushed and confusing. Drowned earth is clear, concise and easy to understand. This is one of the best starts to an event I've read in years from a mainstream publisher.
The villains are all appropriately menacing and worthy of the League's attention. We see Atlantis, Gotham, and Metropolis fall by the end of the issues and it's hard to imagine a quick recovery after the event is over.
I know the review is late and the event has largely been forgotten but in hindsight, the story was pretty good and should be a really big deal in relation to DC's continuity. We'll see how it goes, so far so good.