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Aquaman #9: Geoff Johns steals the spotlight this month from the gorgeous art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
Johns story about the Others has been very rooted in the past. A lesser writer would have difficult establishing an ambiguous team while keeping the present story moving along, but Johns keeps it balanced perfectly. We get just enough information about the history of Aquaman and Black Manta that it keeps us interested in the story line going on now. Johns also gives Arthur some character growth amongst the sprawling fight scenes. It's clear that Aquaman use to be an angrier fellow, but his conversations with Ya'wara delve deeper into who he use to be. It was easy to figure out why Arthur hates Shin, but Johns still makes the ending have some weight. Johns has always been a writer who knows how to write towards an artists talents, and Aquaman has always been a great example of that. Johns gives Reis just enough fight scenes to pencil without the fights seeming unnecessary or tagged on.
Ivan Reis and Joe Prado continue to dominate this book. Their work on Blackest Night was some of the best of their career, but this is on a whole other level. Characters have some expressive faces, but their eyes seem almost human. They carry so much emotion, and in the case of Aquaman, pain. It's clear he isn't happy about his past and he is desperately trying to change what happened. The painted flashback scene work well and help establish the reader in the past in a quick manner.
Aquaman #9 gets 4/5.