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Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1

Event\Storyline: Drowned Earth Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 31, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 34
8.1Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"Drowned Earth" part one! The Ocean Lords-ancient sea gods with a grudge against Aquaman and Wonder Woman-invade the Earth with an alien army and flood the globe. As Batman, Superman and the Flash race to stop the waters from rising and turning everyone into aquatic monsters, Mera seeks the advice of an old enemy, and Arthur must face down Black Manta...or lose his connection to the ocean forever!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 31, 2018

    Tynion packs a slew of big moments in this first issue, which is a good sign that its going to have a bunch throughout.DC has made a big improvement on how creative teams handle big and medium sized-events. Drowned Earth is another great example of the smaller scale event strategy paying off and this looks to be a memorable story that plays out in 2019. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 1, 2018

    A sweeping epic of the finest kind, Drowned Earth looks to be the next truly great comic book crossover event! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Oct 31, 2018

    If you're an Aquaman fan, you cannot miss this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Nov 2, 2018

    Derek: I wholeheartedly agree that it's great to have a storyline that establishes Aquaman as a major player in the DCU. Even as a perennial member of the Justice League, he still gets ignored, but it great to see him in the forefront for once. I look forward to seeing wither this story leads and to see what the lasting effect it has on Aquaman and the rest of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Tyler Ouellette Nov 10, 2018

    An outstanding issue that continues to raise the stakes of the Drowned Earth Saga. I am excited to see where Tynion and team take the story and what the Tear of Extinction leads to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 4, 2018

    No matter how much I like the story, it does not feel like it really matters and that it will affect Aquaman or planet Earth for long. An important note, DC Comics needs to simplify the way it titles some of its books. It is becoming complicated to follow. I gave up on Witching Hours, and trying t read that series in order. I skipped it instead. Whoever in marketing thinks that Justice League Aquaman Drowned Earth is a great title and necessary for readers to understand that it is a Justice League and an Aquaman book is thinking that we, even casual readers are idiots. They are making the books more impenetrable with such long titles that do not let us know in a moment what we are getting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2018

    Porter's art does a great job of bringing beauty to the scale of this story. There are a lot of moving pieces in this story and the visuals match the pace and energy of the plot perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Oct 31, 2018

    Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth is a fun page-turner. Porter's art makes this comic feel bigger than it is, which is saying quite a bit given that it is nearly double the length of a standard single issue. It never drags, though, as Tynion finds ways to shift things up, to change settings, and move spotlights, that keeps this tale clicking along. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Nov 1, 2018

    This issue is everything I want out of a Justice League crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GearWERKZ - Agasicles Stamas Nov 4, 2018

    So far in my stack, this is the most engaging story I've read this week (as I am writing this I have also read through Justice League Dark / Wonder Woman #1 as well). This is, as I have been saying, the exact type of crisis that requires the Justice League, with big consequences, and some scary ramifications that may come out of the setting of the new status quo. I was not all that thrilled or interested in what the fallout of Metal was, but this? I am waiting with bated breath and have high hopes that the complexity of outcomes is commensurate with the weavings of the story Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 31, 2018

    If you're just joining this event it's a good first issue that sets things up and has a reveal or two too. If you read the tie-ins that lead to this story, however, it's going to feel like a retread for a good portion. As events go, though, it's very clear the stakes have never been higher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 31, 2018

    "Drowned Earth" may feel much smaller than recent DC events like Dark Nights: Metal, but that's by design. It's an Aquaman-centric story with a scope that requires the rest of the Justice League to get involved while still keeping the core character focus on Arthur, Mera, Black Manta and Orm. Credit to James Tynion and the editorial team for doing a good job catching readers up to the happenings around this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 31, 2018

    We get a lot of action, but there's very little time to slow down and appreciate the mood. It's fun and exciting, but right now it's not much else. I'm hopeful this will turn into a deeper story as it goes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Oct 31, 2018

    Drowned Earth kicks off with an action-packed#1. But for one exception, Tynion's dialogue works very well, and the mounting conflict drowns our hopes"as it should"before future issues rescue us from these troubled waters. With excellent artwork from Porter and Hi-Fi, and clean, capable letters from Napolitano,this is just the start this event needs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Oct 31, 2018

    It's great to see that a veteran artist still be able draw amazingly cool stuff. If for whatever reason the plot of Drowned Earth doesn't hook you in, Howard Porter's pencils will. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Nov 2, 2018

    Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1is another fantastic issue in a so-far fantastic crossover. Often crossovers like Drowned Earth suffer from an over-saturation (pun intended) of talent going in too many creative directions. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 does not fall into this trap.Tynion and Porter pick up right where Snyder and Manapul left off, and the story doesn't miss a beat. If you haven't done so already, give this one a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Oct 31, 2018

    Drowned Earth #1 is fun and interesting, apart from the Orm confusion I mentioned. This is stellar writing and artwork from the team once again. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Nov 8, 2018

    A good first issue, even if uneven, and I'll be back for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 31, 2018

    The Drowned Earth crossover offers few surprises but plenty of spectacle and character drama in its first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Oct 31, 2018

    All is lost for our heroes as they're drowning in the rising flood waters of the conflict. There's a glimmer of hope on the horizon as they regroup and figure out how to get rid of all this purple water. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Oct 31, 2018

    This first installment of the DROWNED EARTH saga may feel repetitive from time to time, but its chaos is undoubtedly a tense and rousing read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 31, 2018

    For those that missed Justice League or Aquaman last week, you're in luck: this issue recaps everything. There's some story advancement, but nothing substantial that increases or decreases the stakes. From my standpoint, the world is just screwed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Nov 2, 2018

    This is a strange comic. While I would not call this a great comic book, I am still interested in seeing what comes next. The overall plot and beats of the story seem to be heading somewhere exciting. But, the execution is off. Already this event is a bit of a fractured mess moving from title to title. I really feel like some focus would help Drowned Earth stand out. As of right now, this will be a story with some cool moments but mostly forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 31, 2018

    Overall, this issue seems rushed and ill-conceived, presumably meant to put Aquaman front and center in the world of comics just in time for his solo movie. One wishes they had taken the time to plan out something better. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix4fever Nov 1, 2018

    Good writing from Tynion but not Porter’s best artwork.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jan 9, 2019

    Great art and writing, the stage is set and the stakes are very high. Actually excited to see what's next.

  • 8.0
    Samuel Almeida Nov 7, 2018

    I respect Howard Potter. I really do. But i dont think his art fits in this kind of story. This event needs epic/ flawless art. which is not the case here.
    Im excited to see Wonder Woman kicking ass and what Aquaman will do to save the planet. Overall, a good event so far.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Nov 3, 2018

    "This world is under my protection"

    I'm going to be honest. The first couple pages of this issue barely got my attention. But after Black Manta showed up and revealed Legion of Doom's involvement I got hooked (is that a fish pun? I don't know). And it only got better after that. Mera and Orm working together, Aquaman being more powerful than anyone, even he, knows and then Manta gets that power.
    This event truly has my attention now.

    Also, Howard Porter's art works really well on all those space/ocean monsters.

    By the way, is it just me or those anyone else wants to see a story with Wonder Woman as pirate captain after that last page?

  • 6.5
    waltgator93 Oct 30, 2018

    With quite so many questions unanswered, this feels like a Metal ish book. With the dialogue had to drop this issue and return to it later. Sure we got a badass Seahorse and couple of awesome fight scenes but this issue feels tad bit overwhelming. This oversized issue out of like 36 pages only gave us maybe like 4 pages of new information

  • 5.0
    daddyT Nov 1, 2018

    meh.. not bad.. HORRIBLE ART... I just think I have event fatigue...

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 5.
    -1 because: the art was distractingly bad.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    I’m kind of super bored by the villains and also the inconsistency of their stupid magic water. Bumped up by .5 for “Bruce.”

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 2, 2018

    Didn't enjoy this as much. The exposition was way too much. There's a feeling of fatigue to this. We don't need an epic, overdriven event story every single time. Especially when the new ideas presented are painfully unoriginal and there's not even an attempt to organically introduce those ideas. They just drop exposition on you again and again, and expect you to care. I don't care, so I just found this to be a chore to read.

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 1, 2020

    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 more

  • 7.0
    TotyGamer Apr 19, 2020

    I really love this JL run, but this felt rushed indeed. But I am enjoying this story overall though. Just some mixed feeling with the art so a 7/10 seems right

  • 1.5
    ohhaimark Nov 2, 2018


    -The writing was pretty good. That's it.

    THE BAD:

    -The art's 50/50 in this issue. I'm not going to count it for or against the issue's score, just wanted to let you guys know. The figure work was fantastic and the panels' layout were really good. Unfortunately, Porters art didn't work with this issue all that well in my opinion. Too round/cartoonish for the tone the splashes and writing were trying to establish.

    -This issue just feels like it's trying too hard to be "epic" in my opinion. Big letters for the settings. Tons of splash pages. 4.99 price tag (Bye, bye wallet). The unfortunate thing is, its not a story that deserves this epic feel.

    -Its incredibly hard to take thi more

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  • 10
    aleyuma Sep 8, 2019

  • 9.0
    ComickerPerson Nov 1, 2018

  • 9.0
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  • 9.0

  • 9.0
    hebele Nov 16, 2018

  • 8.0
    ActionCity Oct 31, 2018

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Nov 7, 2018

  • 8.0
    mikesbr42 May 6, 2020

  • 7.5
    Watchtower022 Nov 4, 2018

  • 7.5
    Dorival Nov 4, 2018

  • 7.5
    batman_forever Dec 5, 2019

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Oct 31, 2018

  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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    TheFallenKing13 Nov 3, 2018

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