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An alien army has returned... and they're not coming alone. With an aquatic army ready to destroy the Earth, the only thing standing between the planet and total annhilation is the King of Seven Seas, Aquaman, and the Justice League. Unfortunately, the World's Greatest Superheroes don't stand a chance. In the aftermath of the Justice League's battle with the Legion of Doom, An alien army has returned... and they're not coming alone. With an aquatic army ready to destroy the Earth, the only thing standing between the planet and total annhilation is the King of Seven Seas, Aquaman, and the Justice League. Unfortunately, the World's Greatest Superheroes don't stand a chance. In the aftermath of the Justice League's battle with the Legion of Doom, an armada from the stars has come to plunder the Earth and its seas. With powers beyond comprehension, even Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the rest of the League's combined might can't stop these invaders. With nowhere left to turn, these heroes will have to turn to an ancient power to help them, one that even Arthur Curry fears unleashing. Comics titan Scott Snyder masterminds his first major event of his Justice League run, in this epic graphic novel that will change the status quo for the League and Aquaman forever! Collects Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League #10-12, Aquaman #40-41, Titans #28 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1.


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An alien army has returned... and they're not coming alone. With an aquatic army ready to destroy the Earth, the only thing standing between the planet and total annhilation is the King of Seven Seas, Aquaman, and the Justice League. Unfortunately, the World's Greatest Superheroes don't stand a chance. In the aftermath of the Justice League's battle with the Legion of Doom, An alien army has returned... and they're not coming alone. With an aquatic army ready to destroy the Earth, the only thing standing between the planet and total annhilation is the King of Seven Seas, Aquaman, and the Justice League. Unfortunately, the World's Greatest Superheroes don't stand a chance. In the aftermath of the Justice League's battle with the Legion of Doom, an armada from the stars has come to plunder the Earth and its seas. With powers beyond comprehension, even Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the rest of the League's combined might can't stop these invaders. With nowhere left to turn, these heroes will have to turn to an ancient power to help them, one that even Arthur Curry fears unleashing. Comics titan Scott Snyder masterminds his first major event of his Justice League run, in this epic graphic novel that will change the status quo for the League and Aquaman forever! Collects Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League #10-12, Aquaman #40-41, Titans #28 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1.

30 review for Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Someone is turning humans into zombie-fishpeople! Or something like that. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Drowned Earth - actually, I wasn't expecting anything. I just happened to see it in the library and thought it was great luck that they had a copy available. I didn't even know what the story was supposed to be about, so I went into it with a pretty open mind, hoping for the best and really wanting to like it. And I did. Sort of. For example, I'd really like to read more about the 3.5 stars Someone is turning humans into zombie-fishpeople! Or something like that. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Drowned Earth - actually, I wasn't expecting anything. I just happened to see it in the library and thought it was great luck that they had a copy available. I didn't even know what the story was supposed to be about, so I went into it with a pretty open mind, hoping for the best and really wanting to like it. And I did. Sort of. For example, I'd really like to read more about the Titans now. I thought their cameo in this was short but sweet. As for the rest of it? I don't know. It's epic. It involves Poseidon & alien gods, Batman and Jarro, Aquaman getting stripped of his Aquapowers (kinda) and going on a vision quest of sorts, plus a bunch of other stuff. Epic stuff. And this is just the 1st part of the story. Evidently, there's more. I'm sure I'll read it, though. <--Aquaman! I didn't hate it, but I didn't devour it or want more of it as soon as I was done. And maybe I was a tad salty because I thought this was an entire self-contained tale here? In the end, I guess it's a good story but I think I may have been missing some of the context for it because I haven't been keeping up with the Justice League stuff recently. <--not the writers' fault, obviously. So. I suppose I'll need to read the whole thing, won't I?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Snyder picks up with his Totality story from Justice League and continues his thread with the Legion of Doom as they resurrect some sea gods from other planets who turn everyone in the world into fish people. I'm not sure what the Legion's plan here is. Who wants to take over a flooded world full of fish people? Some of the stuff with Atlantis's origins and Arion were interesting but I am getting a bit tired of how many times DC has retconned Atlantis's history at this point. I'm not a huge fan Snyder picks up with his Totality story from Justice League and continues his thread with the Legion of Doom as they resurrect some sea gods from other planets who turn everyone in the world into fish people. I'm not sure what the Legion's plan here is. Who wants to take over a flooded world full of fish people? Some of the stuff with Atlantis's origins and Arion were interesting but I am getting a bit tired of how many times DC has retconned Atlantis's history at this point. I'm not a huge fan of the stuff Snyder's been writing since Dark Nights: Metal. His strengths as a writer lie with individual characters, not team books. He should leave the high concept stuff to Grant Morrison or Jonathan Hickman. I read both this and Justice League: Graveyard of the Gods. The Justice League book has two additional Justice League issues that lead into Drowned Earth. This book has two additional Aquaman issues and a Titans issue. These three issues are complete filler and add nothing to the story. If I were to choose between the two books, I'd get the Justice League one. You're wasting your money buying both as those additional tie-in issues are 100% fluff. Anything pertinent was recapped in the Justice League issues. Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As much as one loves Scott Snyder for his outside-the-box creativity and excellent story-telling skills, the comic book writer can sometimes overthrow the ball, miss his target and end up redefining the word “ambitious” in ways that the world might not always be ready for. Following his incredible DC cosmic event, Metal, he not only expanded the multiverse into darker territory, but he also allowed the DC Universe to introduce new heroes and vil You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As much as one loves Scott Snyder for his outside-the-box creativity and excellent story-telling skills, the comic book writer can sometimes overthrow the ball, miss his target and end up redefining the word “ambitious” in ways that the world might not always be ready for. Following his incredible DC cosmic event, Metal, he not only expanded the multiverse into darker territory, but he also allowed the DC Universe to introduce new heroes and villains to the game. Currently helming the Justice League run, his ideas continue to venture in uncharted territories as he orchestrates his first major tie-in crossover event for this series. What is Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth about? Set after the events of Justice League: The Totality, this story arc sets up the first crossover event post-Metal and focuses on the arrival of a new force of evil looking to plunge Earth into the sea. While the Justice League are still recuperating from their battle with the Legion of Doom, they find themselves confronted with aquatic invaders that are beyond their league. To escape the impending dark fate of Earth that roams above their heads, they must resort to an ancient power that even Aquaman (Arthur Curry) fears to unleash. This volume collects Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League #10-12, Aquaman #40-41, Titans #28 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1. Changing the status quo has always been writer Scott Snyder’s goal with his latest DC stories and Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is a stellar example to prove my case. Suffice to say that the task is not an easy one, but the intention is pure and respectable. Amidst redundancy from one issue to another—because that just seems to be how DC has to do things during crossover events—the story fails to cling onto the fact that readers need to immerse themselves in any new elements that are introduced to them and that shoveling more novel content onto them will only lead them into confusion. The unfortunate result you thus get with this story arc is the sensation of déjà-vu and disinterest in reaching the denouement. Although the story explores interesting concepts, you can’t help but feel like you’re staring at a hodgepodge that you never asked for. It is still a welcome approach to give the King of the Seven Seas the chance to be the center of attention, but the development of the event gives you the impression of tackling a huge uncontrollable torrent that would’ve benefited from a more personal and slower pacing. What also doesn’t help sell this story to me is the artwork. As if DC’s faith in that department is sealed for life, this tie-in volume continues to show the flawed structure that is privileged by the company as the artwork greatly varies from one issue to the other. While I did try to appreciate them each individually, it is hard to ignore it all when the story follows from one issue to the other. Even if I overlook this issue, the art style is not always my cup of tea with many character designs that leave me unimpressed or too loaded to allow the reader to appreciate it all. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is an epic and cacophonous tie-in crossover event that introduces a menace from the depths of the sea who plans to wreak havoc upon Earth’s mightiest heroes. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Only one arc into his Justice League run and Scott Snyder's spinning things out into an event. Some people might call that a recipe for disaster, but I certainly wouldn't be one of them. Managing to both continue his ongoing Justice League story and tell a super-satisfying deep-dive type story into Aquaman's mythos and character, Drowned Earth is a story of epic world-shattering proportions that really does drown the Earth and then leave the Justice League to deal with it. It very much does what Only one arc into his Justice League run and Scott Snyder's spinning things out into an event. Some people might call that a recipe for disaster, but I certainly wouldn't be one of them. Managing to both continue his ongoing Justice League story and tell a super-satisfying deep-dive type story into Aquaman's mythos and character, Drowned Earth is a story of epic world-shattering proportions that really does drown the Earth and then leave the Justice League to deal with it. It very much does what it says on the tin, all the while keeping Aquaman front and centre just in time for his solo movie to come out (funny, that). Also included in this collection are the tie-in issues of Titans and Aquaman - these enhance the main story without becoming required reading, the sign of a good tie-in, and their inclusion here makes the collection a more well-rounded experience. On the art front, the majority of Drowned Earth is shared by Francis Manapul and Howard Porter, who do the heavy lifting on both the opening and closing one-shots and the Justice League issues in the middle, while the Titans issue is penciled by Clayton Henry and the Aquaman issues enlist Lan Medina, so this is both gorgeous to look at as well as a great read. Drowned Earth's a great read - we've seen what Scott Snyder can do on a big stage thanks to Dark Nights: Metal, and this is more of the same. It's totally bonkers, and yet feels so perfect for all the characters involved, and even manages to pull triple duty by balancing an ongoing Justice League story, exploring Aquaman's history in new and exciting ways, and springboarding him off into a new status quo just in time for Kelly Sue DeConnick's run to start. A great job all around.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This is the first major crossover event during Scott Snyder's Justice League run. It's centered more around Aquaman and sees him and the Justice League deal with an invading group of alien sea gods that are transforming the Earth into their own personal submerged kingdom and turn everyone on Earth into cosmic fish-zombies. At times it's fun (like seeing Batman try to be a badass in a full Bat-body-cast), but other times it just feels inconsequential and unnecessary, with hazy character motivation This is the first major crossover event during Scott Snyder's Justice League run. It's centered more around Aquaman and sees him and the Justice League deal with an invading group of alien sea gods that are transforming the Earth into their own personal submerged kingdom and turn everyone on Earth into cosmic fish-zombies. At times it's fun (like seeing Batman try to be a badass in a full Bat-body-cast), but other times it just feels inconsequential and unnecessary, with hazy character motivations. It also causes Dan Abnett's great run on Aquaman to end with a bit of a whimper, but it also does set up Kelly Sue DeConnick's follow-up run in curious ways.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valéria.

    This was just okay. Quite action-packed, I liked the parts with Mera and Aquaman mostly, then maybe those with Batman. The plot was interesting but I wanted it really to end when I came to 3/4 of it. A lot of repeating dialogues. Illustrations are great, overall it was enjoyable but I wouldn't read it again. This was just okay. Quite action-packed, I liked the parts with Mera and Aquaman mostly, then maybe those with Batman. The plot was interesting but I wanted it really to end when I came to 3/4 of it. A lot of repeating dialogues. Illustrations are great, overall it was enjoyable but I wouldn't read it again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    It exists i guess. The story starts with cosmic sea gods coming to earth and corrupting the oceans and well turning everyone in to fish monsters due to some alien kraken and well Aquaman is captured and lost and so he and Diana must explore the dark tides and reach Poseidon and find the answers to solve this problem. Also the space aliens - Drogue, Gall and Tyyde are cosmic sea gods. And their connection to Arion and history is explained here and all that. And how Mera and others are related to t It exists i guess. The story starts with cosmic sea gods coming to earth and corrupting the oceans and well turning everyone in to fish monsters due to some alien kraken and well Aquaman is captured and lost and so he and Diana must explore the dark tides and reach Poseidon and find the answers to solve this problem. Also the space aliens - Drogue, Gall and Tyyde are cosmic sea gods. And their connection to Arion and history is explained here and all that. And how Mera and others are related to that also explored here and what Batman and others are doing and the big battle and some more dark force/life force things. Its a tough read as there is so much exposition which I kinda hate that there is so much text. But then again the Tear of extinction and all that but I love the Black Manta and Aquaman fight and reversing the scenarios was awesome and finally the thing with Aquaman and how he goes out like a hero and that was a great ending and also seeing Mera involved here was awesome and I hate the constant art changes. It kinda takes away from the story and ends up being a bummer. Then again an okayish story and one of the better Aquaman stories for sure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    On the heels of a successful first volume of Scott Snyder’s current run on Justice League comes the first big crossover event that will coincide with other DC titles as the world is going through yet another Earth-shattering moment. As the League tries to discover the secret headquarters of the Legion of Doom after claiming the Totality, Aquaman and Wonder Woman uncover an ancient Atlantean ship that bears the mark of Arion, Atlantis’s greatest hero. Upon this discovery, a global threat reveals On the heels of a successful first volume of Scott Snyder’s current run on Justice League comes the first big crossover event that will coincide with other DC titles as the world is going through yet another Earth-shattering moment. As the League tries to discover the secret headquarters of the Legion of Doom after claiming the Totality, Aquaman and Wonder Woman uncover an ancient Atlantean ship that bears the mark of Arion, Atlantis’s greatest hero. Upon this discovery, a global threat reveals itself in the shape of the Ocean Lords, who have cast a great infected water across the planet that can turn anyone into fish monsters, including some of the Justice League. Please click here for my full review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    I usually enjoy the Justice League, but at the same time I’m not the biggest fan of Aquaman. So this one was a guess. And not a good one... First, what is this choice of color! Easter like color, way too joyful or colorful in my opinion. I also didn’t like the art style much, so for the visual aspect it wasn’t in my taste at all! As for the story, it wasn’t bad, but wasn’t really good either. In the end, I didn’t enjoy or like it. Too bad...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth' by Scott Snyder and a whole host of artists is a mega-event starring Aquaman and spanning 232 pages over 8 different issues of comic book. Sea creatures from space invade the Earth and flood it. The Legion of Doom joins the fight. The aliens even bring a death kraken from space. Along the way Aquaman and Mera fight to save Atlantis and Aquaman even tries to appeal to Poseidon. The Titans show up for an issue, then are never seen again. The people of Earth t 'Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth' by Scott Snyder and a whole host of artists is a mega-event starring Aquaman and spanning 232 pages over 8 different issues of comic book. Sea creatures from space invade the Earth and flood it. The Legion of Doom joins the fight. The aliens even bring a death kraken from space. Along the way Aquaman and Mera fight to save Atlantis and Aquaman even tries to appeal to Poseidon. The Titans show up for an issue, then are never seen again. The people of Earth that are touched by the aliens change into sea mutants. This also happens to some of the members of the Justice League. The only thing that may help is something that Arion, Atlantis' greatest hero, built long ago. It's a pretty massive story, and it flails about a bit. I know the Titans are here just to sell a title, but they didn't have much to do with moving the plot along. Not being a regular reader left me confused about Batman and Dick Grayson. I think the decision to move in the pirate direction seemed a bit silly. Superman in an eyepatch was just kind of dumb. There is lots of action, and how much you care about it all probably will depend on how much you like Aquaman. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hixson

    Aquaman and Justice League: Drowned Earth by Scott Snyder is an epic tale of alien gods of oceans determined to see Earth's ocean waters raise and drown the earth, after the oceans on their home planets have dries up or frozen over. Scott Snyder uses the type of story telling that I fell in love with his writing in the first place like his Court of Owls run on Batman, where he starts with a theme and then reinforces it in flashbacks and present action, what I love is there is an over arcing them Aquaman and Justice League: Drowned Earth by Scott Snyder is an epic tale of alien gods of oceans determined to see Earth's ocean waters raise and drown the earth, after the oceans on their home planets have dries up or frozen over. Scott Snyder uses the type of story telling that I fell in love with his writing in the first place like his Court of Owls run on Batman, where he starts with a theme and then reinforces it in flashbacks and present action, what I love is there is an over arcing theme but also an individual comic theme as well, he handles this better than anyone in comics, it reminds me a lot of what Joss Whedon did on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel so well in the TV storytelling landscape. This novel feature to many character's to name them all, If you read DC's Metal comics or graphic novel's this story is still dealing with those changes like Atlantis is no on the surface not at the bottom of the sea. I have not read DC's Metal, I read Dark Days: The Road to Metal and was not a fan, you can find that review here https://readingwithmyeyes.wordpress.c... but this work does a good job of catching you up and actually got me excited to finally explore those titles. A thanks to netgalley and DC comic's for letting me download this title, (Note : I was not able to open this title and had to purchase it) I'm an honest reviewer and did not let this reflect in my view at all of this title. It was released on April 16th of 2019. The Plot: Aquaman, Wonder Woman, other Justice League members are searching are searching for a rumored Graveyard of the Gods. As legend tells this is the place the where gods would dispose of there human form, but it's rumored Poseidon the actual god is down there. They find a graveyard of ships from the past that got lost in there searching. When they arrive they find something they did not expect, they find the entrance to the Graveyard of the Gods is opened with a trail of heat signatures. It is reveals that the Legion of Doom have released alien gods of the ocean from other planets that were trapped by Aquaman's ancestors and they want revenge on earth. They start by a massive flood of the Earth then they release a new Kraken that infects the flooded waters where if the breathe in the water it turns you into a controllable sea creature who's goal is to drive you into the waters to change more. Evacuations have started in Gotham with people going to the highest towers to get flown to higher ground, Jim Gordon in an emotional scene is dragged down to the water by sea creatures as he saves a family. Superman has a force wall over Metropolis that keeps most of the water back. Atlantis is the first place hit having only Mera and an imprisoned Ocean Master survive. Aquaman rushes full steam ahead and is easily defeated not knowing the true power of his enemies and his powers are taken and given to Black Manta Aquaman's greatest foe and member of the League of Doom. Can the justice league survive and can a powerless Aquaman prevail a Drowned Earth? What I Liked: The writing and theme work is so good the overall theme for Aquaman is exploring new oceans and ideas, plotting and finding the unknown. The Sea creature reminded me of Cthulhu like creatures and there were nods to the Trench. I liked that Flash get's infected but is able to stave it off longer than anyone due to his metabolism. Jim Gordon turned into a sea creature is powerful and to his character. Ocean Master's dialogue to Mera that convinces her to trust him to fight for Atlantis. The ending is pretty good and satisfying, there's a real nice double cross at the end. Really nice character study on Aquaman in the Graveyard of the Gods. What I Disliked: The art especially the wide drawings closeup are just fine but 80% I was just turned off by the art. There needed to be a synopsis especially on the Teen Titan book I was very lost on what they were doing and it took me a couple of pages to get oriented, I was a little bummed to only see one of those characters do anything further in the novel. Recommendations: If you are up on current comics then you should definitely read this. If you are not you might be lost for a little bit because there is no real synopsis, but the writing is really good and it doesn't take too long. If you're a fan of Scott Snyder's writing like in the Court of Owls, End Game, and White Knight then this is a great graphic novel that shows off his skills. I rated Aquaman & Justice League: Drowned Earth 4 out of 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I think I enjoyed this more than Scott Snyders first volume of Justice League

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meegy

    Loved this collection of comic books! I haven't read much of Justice League but seen all the movies. I knew all the characters which are why I really enjoyed it. Loved this collection of comic books! I haven't read much of Justice League but seen all the movies. I knew all the characters which are why I really enjoyed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    im still not convinced scott snyder can actually write

  15. 5 out of 5

    Swapnil Dubey

    I read it two times. Mostly I read comic books two or three times before deciding what I actually fell about it. It became better in the second go. Story runs smooth and good thing is that you don't need much of a previous story foundation to know what's exactly going on. Sure, some points are confusing like how Batman lost his arms and legs and who is Jarro and if I am not wrong he called Batman, Dad :O except few questions its a simple, understandable and pretty enjoyable read. Batman.. a always I read it two times. Mostly I read comic books two or three times before deciding what I actually fell about it. It became better in the second go. Story runs smooth and good thing is that you don't need much of a previous story foundation to know what's exactly going on. Sure, some points are confusing like how Batman lost his arms and legs and who is Jarro and if I am not wrong he called Batman, Dad :O except few questions its a simple, understandable and pretty enjoyable read. Batman.. a always go getter and no quitter. DC's excessive use of Joker in Batman story is one of the reason why I quit reading Batman. Here Batman goes by his name and in most of the book I felt like it is a Batman story until Aquaman properly arrived. Batman is everywhere... connecting with other, giving instructions, fighting Lex in Lex's suit, defeating Sinestro and Joker, saving Wonder Woman from Cheetah, help in launching Atlantis, putting his life to save Totality, try to stop death Kracken et cetera. Another as usual moto of villains. Again few villains try to destroy the world. They nearly succeeded in it and turned the whole human race and meta-human race into some giant fish monsters. I never understand how come Green Lanterns never hear of these kind of threats. They have been in cosmos for mighty numbers of years and yet when these kinds of threats come their history database fails. Aquaman Saves All. Surely, it was bound to happen but he seemed pretty weak here. In most of the book he literally did nothing except his impressive ideology and high sacrifice in the end. After movie, I have been developing a taste for Aquaman comic books. This is my first experience of any book where Aquaman got that much footage. It is a good experience but I hope for better. I may be biased but I don't want any writer to portray Superman weak against any deity or god or human. He nearly was killed. That's seems bit impossible that any random villain can come and just beat the hell out of him. Story was good. I wouldn't say it's great epic or a must read but definitely enjoyable. On some pages art is funny but overall it's beautiful. Its hard to decided what should be the rating but I would settle with overall 3/5.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was mostly really good, I might be biased because I've liked the last few Aquaman runs (including the New 52 that apparently many other people disliked). Because this was an event there were a lot of things going on and a few issues are either in a weird order or duplicate but other than that no complaints. This was mostly really good, I might be biased because I've liked the last few Aquaman runs (including the New 52 that apparently many other people disliked). Because this was an event there were a lot of things going on and a few issues are either in a weird order or duplicate but other than that no complaints.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this Justice League graphic novel, focusing on Aquaman and some sea creatures that came from outer space. I also liked the inclusion of the city of Atlantis in the story telling. The pictures and graphic illustrations were awesome too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Awesome artwork and a thrilling, larger than life storyline. It´s nice to see Aquaman at the centre of the story for once. I received a copy through Netgalley, which did not influence my opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawie

    There are more people than Snyder and Abnett who worked on this...

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    It is always a disappointment when DC Comics creates an event or crisis which neither fulfills the desired effect nor even compels the reader. Sadly, there are too many eggs in this basket, and so the fans will be forced to ride out the "repercussions" of this book for years to come. Which is an even larger crying shame considering how this damages the book in the wake of the success of the movie. It is always a disappointment when DC Comics creates an event or crisis which neither fulfills the desired effect nor even compels the reader. Sadly, there are too many eggs in this basket, and so the fans will be forced to ride out the "repercussions" of this book for years to come. Which is an even larger crying shame considering how this damages the book in the wake of the success of the movie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Oh dear. DC event crossing multiple titles? Naff. Scott Snyder comics? Naff. Aquaman and all the pathetically overwrought mythology he brings with him? Naff. Superman with a branded eye-patch? Naffest of all. This is just pompous piffle.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    This title hits hard and never lets go! Right after "Sink Atlantis", this event gets gets Aquaman right up to his post-Metal reboot. Highlights: -In the Antarctic Circle, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm are searching for the Key to the Graveyard of the Gods, and they find it on a wrecked ship. As soon as they do, they are attack by a giant Kraken, who converts Firestorm into a fishman before swallowing the other two. - Inside the Kraken (and really on a completely different plane of existance) This title hits hard and never lets go! Right after "Sink Atlantis", this event gets gets Aquaman right up to his post-Metal reboot. Highlights: -In the Antarctic Circle, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm are searching for the Key to the Graveyard of the Gods, and they find it on a wrecked ship. As soon as they do, they are attack by a giant Kraken, who converts Firestorm into a fishman before swallowing the other two. - Inside the Kraken (and really on a completely different plane of existance) they meet 3 Sea Gods, who inform them that Black Manta, Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom helped them escape the Graveyard and they are now going to take over the Earth using an entity called The Flood that changes anyone into a fishperson upon touch. -Having had his powers taken away, Aquaman thinks they should rescue Poseidon from the Graveyard so he can get his powers back. Diana doesn't agree with this plan as she has always found the Gods untrustworthy. They do make it to Poseidon, but he impales Aquaman with his trident, sending him on a spirit quest (more on that later) - Meanwhile, the Justice League are dealing with The Flood slowly transforming everyone on Earth into fishpeople. Mera seeks the help of Ocean Master, yet he can't give much assistance at all. Superman goes toe for toe against one of the Sea Gods, but ends up having to fight off infection as well. Flash, who with his speed powers is very effective, gets bit and has to keep moving fast to stem off the infection. Those three JL members go to the Tomb of Arion to find a weapon that can help, but are met there by Black Manta, who has sided with the Sea Gods. - Back at the Hall of Justice, Batman (still heavily injured) is doing his best to help the team AND save the base. BUT.... it is invaded by the Legion of Doom: Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Cheetah, Joker, and Grodd. He puts up a good fight (using one of Lex's old power suits), but they are able to get away with the Totality. - On his spirit quest, Aquaman comes to terms with himself and realizes he must do whatever is necessary to save all of us. Upon awakening, Poseidon reveals the truth: the Sea Gods were not meant to be invaders. They came to Earth, answering the call from Arion, to be a part of a "galactic ocean", one of friendship and peace. It was Poseidon's fault that it didn't work. He got jealous and corrupted Arion's mind and together they locked the Sea Gods in the Graveyard of Gods. - With the key being destroyed, the Graveyard is collapsing. Poseidon gives his trident to Aquaman so that he may combine it a power hidden in Arion's bones and use them together to finish Arion's mission. - Aquaman and Wonder Woman escape the Graveyard and meet back up with Superman, Flash and Mera. Mera has already taken the power from Arion's bones and is planning to use it to kill the Sea Gods. Arthur needs them to make peace, and they can use the towers of Atlantis to do it. They, when launched, can penetrate any barrier, and there is a huge one above them now. - Black Manta is overwhelmed by the power he has received from the Gods and uses it to call out to the Death Kraken, who's touch is completely lethal. For that, he basically get kicked out of the Legion of Doom. - Wonder Woman (with the help of Batman) is able to launch the towers. Aquaman continues to try desperately to convince the Sea Gods of his desire for peace. He is able to help Mera convert the power (from the bones) into the force that can break through to them and they make peace, taking the offered trident from Aquaman. - At that moment, Black Manta kills one of the Sea Gods and takes his crown, trying to gain the ability to control the Death Kraken. An inevitable and epic fight breaks out between Manta and Aquaman (like always). Seeing that Manta really has no control, Aquaman knows his only option is crash one of the warships into the Death Kraken, using the power of Life gained from Arion and Poseidon to cancel each other out. - Mourning their loss, the Justice League invite Mera to take his place and Earth returns to normal..... but Aquaman is alive, washed up on a shore somewhere.... There's something amazing about an Aquaman crossover event. It always seems to threaten everything, yet comes out alright in the end. You know this going in as a reader, but the authors continue to do a great job building the stress and tension throughout. Perhaps the reboot of the character will match him closer to his cinematic counterpart. Either way, Aquaman continues to provide some of DC's most interesting and entertaining adventures. Strong Recommend. AND this Volume can be read pretty much on its own and you can understand it without reading everything else first (which I don't say often).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is an intense team-up of the ‘saving the world’ variety. If the combined teams here can’t find a solution to the problem at hand…well the title sort of gives away what could happen, doesn’t it? I’ll confess that this is the first plot I’ve read with a heavy focus on Aquaman. I understand why he sort of got his own event, with the movie being I received a copy of Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is an intense team-up of the ‘saving the world’ variety. If the combined teams here can’t find a solution to the problem at hand…well the title sort of gives away what could happen, doesn’t it? I’ll confess that this is the first plot I’ve read with a heavy focus on Aquaman. I understand why he sort of got his own event, with the movie being out and all, so that makes sense. But I’ve never consistently read his series, and I was worried I’d have trouble following along. But to be honest? That fear was unfounded. I had no problem understanding the stakes at hand. Sure, I totally missed some of the context between characters and the like, but I hope that didn’t diminish my enjoyment too much. (view spoiler)[ Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth had a ton going on within, and it did a brilliant job of including dozens of different characters and teams. Obviously you can guess right away that the Justice League and Aquaman were involved. The Titans also had an issue, and on the whole it felt like they pulled in lots of secondary characters from these worlds to flesh out the plot. This was probably one of the better events/team-ups I’ve read in quite some time. It was well thought out, intense, and always had something going on. On the whole I was really happy with the pacing, and have to say that they did a good job of making everything understandable to those that don’t consistently follow Aquaman. This was a really fun read. And while the title implies that Aquaman gets a heavier focus (and he does, along with Mera), I still felt like a lot of the other characters really got their moment to shine as well. Wonder Woman and Batman both played their parts, as did the Flash, Superman, and even some of the Titans (though I haven’t been seeing them join these team-ups too often lately). It made the plot feel balanced, but it also helped to give us a better idea of the scale. If this many heroes were required to find a solution…well that kind of says a lot, doesn’t it? Personally I think I enjoyed the plot with Mera the most, which tells me I should dig up more plots involving her. It wasn’t just her character I liked though; the specific problems she had to deal with were the most intriguing to me. Though the Aquaman side of things was a close second, for the record. I like this sort of large event. There was a lot at stake, but it didn’t automatically equal death. That helped make the events feel more real, even when they inevitably became reversed (kind of hard to take a death seriously when you know they’ll do something to undo it). It was a good choice. I’m looking forward to more events like this one. (hide spoiler)] For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Synopsis: I'm going to try to keep this as short and sweet as possible. Essentially, there's a lot of talk about unexplored oceans and this idea of other oceans out there in the universe. Arion, the first hero and king of Atlantis, put out a call into the universe and the call was answered by three ocean deities that turned out to be invaders. Arion and Poseidon are able to push the gods back and put them in the Graveyard of the Gods. These deities are released and flood the earth and every livi Synopsis: I'm going to try to keep this as short and sweet as possible. Essentially, there's a lot of talk about unexplored oceans and this idea of other oceans out there in the universe. Arion, the first hero and king of Atlantis, put out a call into the universe and the call was answered by three ocean deities that turned out to be invaders. Arion and Poseidon are able to push the gods back and put them in the Graveyard of the Gods. These deities are released and flood the earth and every living thing the water touches turns into fish creatures until the control of the deities. After talking to Poseidon in the Graveyard of the Gods, Aquaman and Wonder Woman learn that the story with Arion was a lie and that Posiedon twisted Arion's perspective of the deities, who actually came in peace originally. Aquman confronts the deities and convinces them to back down. But Black Manta kills two of the deities with a piece of the Tear of Extinction, taking the bone crown which controls the Death Kraken. Aquaman is able to stop the Death Kraken, though seemingly dying in the process. We found out that this whole thing has been orchestrated by the Legion of Doom to hinder the JL in such a way that they can steal the Totality. Aquman has washed up somewhere in uncharted waters. Review: I know people didn't enjoy this so much, but I had a blast with it. I thought the art was vibrant and beautiful, fitting for the story's aquatic elements. I thought the character designs for the invading Sea Gods were dope - especially the bone crown the one dude had. And I don't think Aquaman quite gets his due with the Justice League, though Throne of Atlantis wasn't that long ago. Still, I thought this was fun and made sense in terms of how things have been going with the Source Wall. I guess people didn't like it because maybe it seemed like it didn't take the story anywhere? It did for Aquaman at least, but if you aren't reading that title I guess it wouldn't matter. The other complaint I can see is that it's too long, which I could agree with. There are a lot of conversations that happen and it's like the same one three issues in a row. seem like they happen three issues in a row - like the one with Poseidon. My god, they said had to repeat it for the people in the back twenty times. I am interested to see where things go for Black Manta, however. He's going to be in some deep shit with the Legion of Doom since he basically was going to betray them at the end. All and all, I liked it and it was a nice break from the dense JL books we've been getting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    I will literally read a grocery list by Scott Snyder—everything he writes is fantastic! Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is no exception. Earth is being flooded by purple alien waters. Whomever the water touches turns into a rampaging fish-monster bent on killing any human remaining on Earth. Three ocean deities from other galaxies are determined to transform the world’s population into faithful followers of themselves. Only the Justice League can stop them! The Drowned Earth story arc appear I will literally read a grocery list by Scott Snyder—everything he writes is fantastic! Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth is no exception. Earth is being flooded by purple alien waters. Whomever the water touches turns into a rampaging fish-monster bent on killing any human remaining on Earth. Three ocean deities from other galaxies are determined to transform the world’s population into faithful followers of themselves. Only the Justice League can stop them! The Drowned Earth story arc appeared across multiple book series including Justice League, Aquaman, and Titans. It is nice to see it all in one place in this hardcover compilation. The use of different artists, depending on the book series, means that the art isn’t very consistent across the full book though it is always consistently good. I rather liked the variety as it allowed me to see different styles applied to the same characters. However, some may find it distracting. The plot was revving on all cylinders as is usual with a Scott Snyder story. There really is very little discussion or downtime for our heroes. It is mostly fighting or defending the entire time. I know that Aquaman is popular now that the movie has been released but I still have a soft spot for Batman, who is used to good effect in a small subplot during the story. Overall, while I liked Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth, it is probably better suited for readers who have kept up with the Justice League stories. Rather than beginning here, if you are new to DC, begin with Dark Nights: Metal. However, this book deserves 4 stars! Thanks to DC Comics and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    So this is probably more of a 3.5 that doesn't quite reach a four. As often happens with crossover storylines, the material is of varying quality depending on the book you're reading at the moment. Most of it holds up pretty well though. My biggest complaint is fairly small--not all these issues felt truly necessary to the overall story so its weighed down a bit. Also, the DC teams give the reader absolutely no credit whatsoever for understanding the story from book to book, so the constant reha So this is probably more of a 3.5 that doesn't quite reach a four. As often happens with crossover storylines, the material is of varying quality depending on the book you're reading at the moment. Most of it holds up pretty well though. My biggest complaint is fairly small--not all these issues felt truly necessary to the overall story so its weighed down a bit. Also, the DC teams give the reader absolutely no credit whatsoever for understanding the story from book to book, so the constant rehashing word for word and nearly panel for panel of material already read elsewhere in the collection is a recurrent issue. Otherwise, the books consistently provide a pretty cool story. Best part? We get a picture of Aquaman's abilities that extends the "talks to fish"/"aqua telepathy" thing into something potentially far more impressive and cool. I'm hoping there's some followup to this bit at least in the Aquaman book specifically. The story over all is fairly well-handled, although the motivation seems a bit screwy in places on both sides. I like that the characters end up thinking their way out instead of punching their way out. I guess in the end, it was pretty good. Not "really" good, much less "amazing," but I liked it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Bautista

    I had just finished reading Justice League Vol 2 which covers most of this Drowned Earth story arc. However, this volume adds in the tie-ins stories from Titans and Aquaman. I'm not reading the Titans title currently, so it means almost nothing to this story except for where Miss Martian is coming from. But the main value of reading this volume (over Justice League Vol 2) is the addition of the Aquaman stories. It's not as though you'll miss any main plot points if you skip the Aquaman stories. I I had just finished reading Justice League Vol 2 which covers most of this Drowned Earth story arc. However, this volume adds in the tie-ins stories from Titans and Aquaman. I'm not reading the Titans title currently, so it means almost nothing to this story except for where Miss Martian is coming from. But the main value of reading this volume (over Justice League Vol 2) is the addition of the Aquaman stories. It's not as though you'll miss any main plot points if you skip the Aquaman stories. It's that the style of writing, IMHO, is so much better in the Aquaman stories that I would recommend reading this as a salve and respite from the Justice League style of writing. A deep dive into heart of Aquaman and his motivations is always such an interesting journey, especially when written by Dan Abnett. As well, seeing the effect of this global disaster from the eyes of Atlantis and Queen Mera also brings needed depth to this story. The artwork in these Aquaman stories I find better and less abstract (where the Justice League artists made it more abstract for the sake of being abstract). I can't highly recommend this book, but I may turn renewed attention back to Aquaman.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    After the JUSTICE LEAGUE defeats the Legion of Doom . Do they get a break ummm no . An armada of alien ships come down to plunder the Earth's seas The league can't defeat them unless they tap into an ancient power that Arthur doesn't want to unleash. Going to say that DC has redeemed themselves with this run . Aquaman is usually the brunt of most of the jokes in the DC universe . They really do all the characters in this series . Aquaman is the real hero of the story and he really does the sto After the JUSTICE LEAGUE defeats the Legion of Doom . Do they get a break ummm no . An armada of alien ships come down to plunder the Earth's seas The league can't defeat them unless they tap into an ancient power that Arthur doesn't want to unleash. Going to say that DC has redeemed themselves with this run . Aquaman is usually the brunt of most of the jokes in the DC universe . They really do all the characters in this series . Aquaman is the real hero of the story and he really does the story justice . Scott Snyder has taken this run and made it epic series . The characters are well written and the story is tight and well written . I am such a DC fan and when i sat down and read Scott's run I was thrilled that the story took me on an adventure and the characters had me cheering . The artwork is good I do have a few issues with it . I think it could of been a bit better . The close up work is great but the wide panels leave a little to be desired . I am falling in love with DC again . So if you want a great run of JUSITCE LEAGUE check them out .

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allisa White

    Of the bunch I read this past weekend, this one was my least favorite. But it wasn't bad! The story was solid, with high stakes and lots of alien battles--just what you would expect from a Justice League comic. I especially liked the parts with Mera--she's just so, so cool. The parts with Aquaman and Batman were pretty awesome as well; I connected to their stories a lot better than some of the other characters. I think what docked a star for me was some of the inconsistency in the art and story. Of the bunch I read this past weekend, this one was my least favorite. But it wasn't bad! The story was solid, with high stakes and lots of alien battles--just what you would expect from a Justice League comic. I especially liked the parts with Mera--she's just so, so cool. The parts with Aquaman and Batman were pretty awesome as well; I connected to their stories a lot better than some of the other characters. I think what docked a star for me was some of the inconsistency in the art and story. There's one issue smack-dab in the middle where the art goes from regular to green tones where there's a lot of floating heads (yeah, it's as weird as it sounds). It just didn't mesh with the rest of the story. And then when the art switched back, it's as if that issue never happened. It was kind of confusing. Maybe it was a special edition? But I couldn't find anywhere where it said that (I could totally have missed it though). But other than that, I did really like the story! It was fun and fast-paced with lots of action. Read more of my reviews on my blog: allisawhite.com Hang out with me on social media! Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin' | Pinterest

  30. 4 out of 5

    & She Reads

    I was granted this issue via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The art in this is of course amazing its DC that never really fails, my main thing with this issue is just that the story just keeps piling on top of it self. Problem after problem after problem. Now i'm not saying it was bad but as a comic it was a bit exhausting. I kept having to put it down to chill lol Kind of reminded me of the Dark Metal comics as the story progressed. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much from an I was granted this issue via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The art in this is of course amazing its DC that never really fails, my main thing with this issue is just that the story just keeps piling on top of it self. Problem after problem after problem. Now i'm not saying it was bad but as a comic it was a bit exhausting. I kept having to put it down to chill lol Kind of reminded me of the Dark Metal comics as the story progressed. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much from an aqua man comic. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying its bad it was just so many things at once it was a little overwhelming to read. The ending of course like all comics leaves you wondering whats next so that's a good thing and of course Wonder Woman and Mera look freaking awesome lol

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