Title: Justice League (2018-) #10
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Francis Manapul
Publication Date: October 17, 2018
THE ROAD TO “DROWNED EARTH”! When Wonder Woman learns that Cheetah gained new powers and killed the Greek sea god, Poseidon, that sets Aquaman off on a search for answers, bringing him into conflict with an entity known as the Flood, a herald for long-dead ocean gods with an ancient grudge against Poseidon, Atlantis and, well, everyone else on Earth. Who are those guys? Some very big fish—and you know what big fish do? Eat smaller fish like Aquaman and his Justice League buddies!
“There have to be new oceans out there somewhere, right, Dad?”
With talks of slain and forgotten gods, volcano men, and cosmic barrier reefs, calling Justice League #10 anything short of epic would be an understatement.
Our heroes find themselves diving deeper in their search, and as one could expect, the deeper they travel, the darker it gets. Fish found at the bottom of the ocean are always the biggest, scariest, and most elusive; it doesn’t take long for Aquaman and co. to run into some of these ‘Big Fish,’ and when they do, it’s bad news.
Whether beginning an arc, ending a series, or writing a one-shot, Scott Snyder consistently reminds readers that the story they are reading continues off the page; Snyder works to utilize the rich histories of characters involved in his stories and manages to progress a story forward while simultaneously looking to the past, and the future. And, in addition to cementing his characters in reality with enriched histories, Snyder also does a fine job in providing authentic dialogue which further accentuates the immersive reading experience that he creates.
Francis Manapul consistently produces next-level artwork that stuns visually while playing nice with writers and their scripts; several pages in this issue truly captivate and are deserving of praise. Manapul shines when he is able to flex his creative muscles and
Justice League #10 ends on an exciting note that promises the worst is yet to come.
The Bottom Line:
Poseidon is dead, the Source Wall is still broken, and their are long-dead gods with chips on their shoulders; what more could one ask for in an Aquaman-focused story? Justice League #10 is a well-crafted issue that teases the chaos that Snyder has planned for the DCU.