Writer Dan Jurgens and artist Lan Medina continue to chronicle the adventures surrounding the Atlantean relics in the pages of “Aquaman and the Others” #2. The issue opens with another one-page peek into the past as Jurgens and Medina bring readers another page from Atlantis’ history.
Medina’s art is solid and mostly serviceable with occasional bursts of brilliance. The artist’s best work comes with the close-ups afforded by Jurgens’ script, as he is able to draw wild, exaggerated expressions that steal the panels they inhabit. Medina’s characters all sport unique visages, but many of their body types blend together with only costumes and outfits to help add distinction. Matt Milla fills the book with color, but in the Others’ scenes, his choices for sea and sky could use more variety.
Jurgens’ story certainly offers readers plenty of subject matter variety, ranging from millennia-old tales of Atlantis to visits to the Ghost Lands, complete with conversations with deceased members of the Others. “Aquaman and the Others” #2 has plenty of formative team in-fighting to soak into and through the intriguing tale of the Others being hunted and every character has the opportunity to take a spin through the spotlight so Jurgens can remind readers who everyone is, why they’re here and what connections might exist throughout the team. Before the issue finishes out, however, Jurgens also makes a more formal introduction of the apparent “bad guys” of this piece: Anton and Darya Solokov, a brother-sister pair bent on retrieving the “Atlantean gold.” Their quest to acquire the gold has them seeking out Aquaman and the Others, who just so happen to be seeking out the Solokov’s captive: Sayeh, the sister of the fallen seer from the Others, Kahina.
I’m not sure what to make of this book after a pair of issues. It’s nice to see Aquaman being used as the anchor of a team, but the overall vibe this book is giving me is very similar to how I felt about “Primal Force” following “Zero Hour”: I like the concept, I like the creators, but I can’t help but feel that there could be more or that this could be bigger. With the mystery and allure of the Atlantean relics, Jurgens and Medina pack a lot of story and development into “Aquaman and the Others” #2, including a nice little scene that showcases just how resourceful the King of Atlantis can be for his teammates. That team is on rocky terms to say the least, but they do unite strongly against a common foe, salting this comic book with cliche ideas a bit. In doing so, however, Jurgens is at least defining the personalities present on the team. Now that the challenge is met, Aquaman and the Others have a chance to take on a foe not steeped in history as a solo foe of Aquaman.