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Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1

Event\Storyline: Drowned Earth Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 22
8.4Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"DROWNED EARTH" finale! Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis' past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!  

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Nov 28, 2018

    Aquaman is almost in theaters, and I'm very excited to see it. It's bound to be a financial success, and I have no doubt that within days or weeks of its release, a press release will come out affirming a sequel is in the works. Aquaman is an iconic character with plenty of stories to pull from. While the higher-ups are talking about potential sequel ideas, I genuinely hope Drowned Earth is in talks to be adapted. That ending reminded me a lot of The Dark Knight Rises, and it would make for a thrilling conclusion to a trilogy of Aquaman films. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 28, 2018

    A satisfying conclusion to one of the year's best stories! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Nov 28, 2018

    At times Drowned Earth enters full-on fantasy adventure, and it embraces those elements for the better. Giant Death Krakens, speedster mermen, and a city that doubles as a missile are all found within the book's pages, but Snyder makes it all work and keeps things fun while also maintaining the severity of the stakes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Nov 28, 2018

    Overall Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 is a fantastic finale to an already fantastic event. The issue has masterfully crafted dramatic tension and does a fantastic job of juggling its large cast of characters and giving each of them their own moment to shine. The issue ends with quite a few plates in the air and Im interested in seeing Snyder handle each of them sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 28, 2018

    This is a great comic if you like big action, heroic moments, and events that feel important and long lasting. I'm also impressed DC Comics hasn't stretched this event out too thin and wrapped it up in an efficient and quick way. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Nov 27, 2018

    Manapul, Porter and Godlewski's dramatic art is breathtaking in this issue. The art perfectly matches the drama of the story. There is a fluid element to the panels that I love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 28, 2018

    As the DC mothership gears up for Aquaman to headline a major film, and a new creative team in the form of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha dive into the pool, Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth is a perfect ship to lead us there. Or as Wonder Woman puts it: "Whatever strange sea he's sailing, it's off the known map" in completely uncharted waters." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Nov 28, 2018

    In the end, Drowned Earth delivered on its promise of being a 90's influenced swashbuckling journey through the waters of the universe while putting our heroes in some weird predicaments (and costumes). But in addition to that, it created some vacuums of power and presence that will be interesting to see filled in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Nov 28, 2018

    Drowned Earth comes to conclusion with a smashing success. It works on multiple levels, offering excitement, humor, and a stirring emotional finale to this event. Manapul and Porter turn in outstanding work throughout, and Manapul, Hi-Fi and Napolitano ice the cake with outstanding colors and near-flawless lettering. This is everything a comic event should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 28, 2018

    Packed with action and stunning artwork, Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special (2018-) #1offers a fitting conclusion to the Drowned Earth arc Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Dec 1, 2018

    Aquaman Justice League Drowned Earth Special #1 is a thrilling conclusion to the Drowned Earth story arc. There are some great character moments in it, and I really like that this is story where the way to win is not just to punch your way to victory. It's truly heroic to take chances to try to make amends and stop the fighting once and for all. I like the fact that Aquaman's communication powers are totally useful, and I think this is also a good set-up for whatever is coming next for Aquaman. If there's anything I didn't like, it's that it seems like there are so many mystical items in play " the Totality, the Tear of Extinction, Clarion, Poseidon's trident, etc. Mystical items get less special when you have too many of them around. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Nov 28, 2018

    The finale of the DROWNED EARTH saga thrills with its large-scale action sequences as well as a poignant conclusion, though some may be displeased with the ambiguity of the final pages' contents. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    All in all, a highly entertaining mini-event that did justice to both the books it tied into. Needed more Jarro, though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 28, 2018

    I'm liking DC's strategy to tell a small scale event between two titles. That worked well with Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark on The Witching Hour and again with Justice League and Aquaman here. This should lead to some interesting fallout not just with the League, but the Legion of Doom as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Nov 30, 2018

    "Drowned Earth" has been a wild ride. The creative minds behind this story have accomplished their goals. They have set up Aquamanfor its new writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, while progressing the plot of Snyder's grandJustice League story. Although "Drowned Earth" has been slightly inconsistent in terms of quaily, the best aspects of this story are exemplified in this final issue.Aquaman/Justice League Drowned Earth #1is a well-crafted conclusion that highlights both the skill and creativity of the creators involved. It's definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 1, 2018

    Justice League is a wordy comic, but it's also one that goes all-out when it comes to big, world-ending storylines. This was an action-packed and exciting comic that never let up and earned its emotional ending. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Nov 28, 2018

    The Drowned Earth arc has been one I have thoroughly enjoyed and one that, creatively speaking, managed to mesh the Justice League and Aquaman worlds in a way that did service to both. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 28, 2018

    There's not much depth here, this is big action popcorn theater. The scenes are over the top and the moments are checked off in predictable ways. The event has been a fun one overall and worth checking out in trade but overall, we've seen so much better from everyone involved. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 28, 2018

    If you've been reading this and haven't been liking it like I have, I really recommend this issue as Snyder mostly ties everything together in a decent-enough little bow that, while not redeeming this event, is a fun read on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 28, 2018

    At the conclusion of "Drowned Earth," things get complex and then are summarily dispatched. You might not be afraid to go into the water after reading this book, but it might put you off calamari for a while. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Nov 28, 2018

    Overall it seems like this arc, which had so much potential, was actually a major step back for both Aquaman and DC Comics as a whole. If you want a fantastic epic that shows how great Aquaman can be, stick to Throne of Atlantis. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 29, 2018

    Scott Snyder spins a magnificent tale, but three artists with drastically different styles leaves this book muddled and muddy. Read Full Review

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