Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Alvaro Martinez
Five years into the future, and Atlantis lies in ruins after being torn by war. Everyone seems to hold Aquaman responsible for the dark fate of the once majestic kingdom, and one cannot help but sympathize with his detractors. Dan Jurgens builds a strong case for all those who stand against Arthur, while portraying him as a stubborn and proud ruler who constantly failed his people. At the other end of this political drama there is Mera, whose hand has been forced into taking harsh action; an inevitable outcome that has been building throughout the stories published in 2014. Alvaro Martinez does a fantastic job with his pencils. If there is a flaw in the issue, is the fact that it does not seem as if five years have passed; everything seems too similar as it is "today." Despite this, "Long Live the Dead King" is an engaging read.
Mera by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Chris Sotomayor