COMIC TITLE: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 (2018)
Andrew Hennessy and Paul Pelletier – Artists
Dan Abnett– Writer
May 30, 2018
Can you believe that we are 150 days into the challenge already? That means that I have read 150 comic books spanning from all sorts of genres, companies, etc with the hopes of continuing on for the rest of the year. I also love the fact that New Comic Book Day also fell on the 150TH day of the year and I get to celebrate it with one of my favorite superheroes in Aquaman. Last year, DC Comics started this venture where certain characters of the DC Universe met with characters of the Hanna Barbera like Adam Strange/Future Quest and even Suicide Squad/Banana Splits. So, for today’s comic, I grabbed the Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 which pins Aquaman with Jabber and The Neptunes. Things are going pretty well in Amnesty Bay until someone reports a shark sighting which sends the town in a panic stricken frenzy. When Aquaman is put on the case, he meets Jabberjaw, a talking shark which is out of the ordinary in 2018 Amnesty Bay. They discover that someone may be trying to sabotage relations between surface dwellers and sea creatures in the past when they discover the portal that Jabberjaw came through from the future.
I am just going to come out and say it and that is that this was a fun comic that I definitely enjoyed for the nostalgic feel of the old Jabberjaw cartoon. Jabberjaw was like a combination of Scooby Doo meets the Three Stooges and what kid didn’t love that back in the day. The artwork in this comic was absolutely amazing the way they captured what a destroyed Sealab would look like in Jabberjaw’s time and all of the cities that are underwater. I also enjoyed what they did with Jabberjaw as they kind of updated him and made him look more like a shark. If you get a chance to check out the cool artwork when all these killer sharks show up, it’s very visceral and cool looking. The story itself is kind of cool as we’ve dealt with the issues of respect or the lack there of that Aquaman gets from the surface world and he continues to deal with it in the future as well. It’s kind of a depressing factor for him to deal with, but he does the right thing. Listen, this is just a fun one time thing that DC is putting out and if you just want to enjoy the nostalgic feel of it then check it out. Otherwise, check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+