Sink Atlantis parts 1 and 2
_Suicide Squad 45 & Aquaman 39 _
Following on directly from events on the last page of Aquaman, Rob Williams, brilliant writer that he is, picks up from where Abnett left off in tone and voice of the characters - so much so that this could have been Abnett’s script (albeit, the first page was some amusing Harley Quinn craziness)
One does wish the baton was being passed from Abnett to Williams to continue on from close to 50 brilliant issues of groundwork (including annuals and mini series) and not to Kelly Sue DeConnick to rip it all up. I wonder if she even read this run first before letting her ego run wild on this, given that it’s Johns she mentions in the interview. If this was a Frank Miller or Grant Morrison coming in I could understand it, but DeConnick hasn’t produced anything noteworthy enough to merit being handed the keys to reboot with this level of freedom, especially when the current incarnation has been of a high standard.
As much as I am really disappointed that Abnett is leaving I’d be fine with giving her chance if she was just picking up from where he left off. I don’t see why it has to announce her arrival with a bang; when I used to DJ and go clubbing I always hated the guys who would come on at a changeover and play a big or attention grabbing track when they were taking over from the previous act, particularly when they were nowhere near headline status. It’s dismissive of the DJ playing beforehand and their fans - the respectful way to do it was to ask what they were ending their set with and to mix into that seemlessly rather than try and blow it out the water by playing something completely different.
Anyway, I do digress.
Atlantis has risen and wanting to avoid conflict, the president orders that no action be taken and instead diplomatic channels are used to liaise with the Atlantians and discuss the next steps. Of course, Admiral meddinghouse sees the event as a prelude to an invasion and wants immediate action. As the president has already made his decision, he instead turns to the Suicide Squad to infiltrate and sink Atlantis
This is actually a good idea for a crossover and works from the perspective of both books. I think it has been respectful to both sets of fans so that either can pick up the crossover without having read the other book.
Obviously the Suicide Squad book leans heavier on the SS characters and the Aquaman book does the same for it’s own cast, however it does so in a way that only furthers the plot of this crossover. There’s not too much fat or unnecessary exposition.
It’s handled well by the writers, but I’ve come to expect that from Abnett and Williams, who both should be given bigger roles at DC if they have the capacity to take it on.
They link this universe together seamlessly, it feels like one book. The cliffhangers are also good. I don’t know if this was an editorially requested crossover or whether the guys decided between themselves to do it, but either way it’s well handled. Really solid comics.
Interested to see what Abnett does next now he’s departing Aquaman, I’ll be really disappointed if he doesn’t get another book.