Aquaman was one of those hit and miss characters for me, until DC 52. The way the stories were told and drawn, stood out to me. Aquaman became an interesting character. When DC Rebirth was announced, I carried on reading the Aquaman  issues to see if the stories and drawing carried on standing out.

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The first issue was Part one of the Drowning: The End Of Fear. This issue mainly involved about Aquaman plan, to bring the Surface World and Atlantis closer together. Part of that plan was the Spindrift Station, which is a Atlantean Dry Land Embassy based in Massachusetts. At the start of the story was a talk between Arthur Curry/ Aquaman and Mera about the day ahead at the Embassy and their plan, while watching in the back ground was Black Manta.

During the story, a character called Ray Delane becomes the plot twist. Ray works for the Daily Planet, he’s at the Spindrift hoping to get an opportunity for Questions and Answers with Aquaman . After Aquaman and Mera Speech about their plan about bringing everyone closer , surface and Atlantis, to understand everyone’s views, they go to the Dry Room for dinner. During this Ray leaves the room for the restroom, after feeling sick when realizing that the “Elokway” is a sea slug. Captain Sark, the Kings Household Guard, was ordered by Mera to check on Ray, so they don’t get a bad trip adviser for the food.

This is the moment when the plot thickens, as Sark notices explosives on the wall, as Ray put them there. However it turns out Ray isn’t who he is, after putting up fight with Sark , as Ray says ” There is no Ray Delane, His body is in the truck of his car” as his body slowly turns into black armour. Sark gets the receiving  end of a trident in his chest. Ray turns out to be Black Manta, as he sets the explosive off.

Dry Room suffers the explosive blast, as it floods the room breaking the glass surrounding it. Killing innocent people. |To stop the room getting flooded more, Mera holds the water, During this Black Manta appears, shooting Mera. Then Aquaman appears. The last few pages being a fight between Aquaman and Black Manta. Black Manta talks about the world not knowing Aquaman’s dark secret, the fact that he’s a killer. The issue ends with Black Manta stabbing Aquaman, saying I have come to end the fear.

Drowning Part One, had a great build up to it, with a gripping fear of what comes next in the Drowning series. The artwork was also outstanding, it tells the story better, which  how it was in the new 52. The drawing of Black Manta in his suit appearance with the expulsion behind him was breath-taking. Drowning Part One comes with a rate 8/10.

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