Satanis and the Jailor have shut themselves within the Silent School, along with Dolphin, where they plan to set off the nuke. Dolphin attack’s Satanis while the Jailor makes a run for it. Outside, Killer Croc battles King Shark and a barrier has been set up around the School. King Shark beats Croc and the Jailor is seen and opens the barrier through his understanding of locks and doors.
As Satanis prepares to kill Dolphin, Aquaman moves in and fights him and wins, while Harley manages to take the nuke off of Killer Croc who wants to die after Enchantress was killed. She talks to him and tells him that he has friends on the Squad. The Jailor takes the bomb from Quinn and kicks it in an ancient casket but he is too close to it and gets incinerated when it goes off.
It is later revealed that the Squads mission in Atlantis was not Wallers idea but Admiral Meddinghouse. He is arrested when Quinn provides Mera with a flash drive of his encounters with the Squad and their orders. Mera meets with Waller to discuss her rule over Atlantis and gathers advice.
This issue made for a great end to the Suicide Squad story bit made for a weak end to the Aquaman one. Abnett wrote this with the Squad members leading, with Harley and Killer Croc taking the main roles in this issue. Though this is the case, they are still a fun bunch of people to read about and are humorous.
The Jailor, in particular, was a fun addition to the team, no matter how short his tenure was. The best part of the issue was the interaction between Waller and Mera with the two queens advising each other and helping each other out. The scene exuded badassery.
The art of Joe Bennet was suitable for the issues themes and characters yet I still find myself missing Federicis spectacular water art. Nevertheless, Bennet made a good looking comic with art that didn’t seem out of place.
A fun and exciting end to the crossover, but I am waiting for the next true issue of Aquaman. This still made for a good issue that was ultimately enjoyable
Aquaman #40: Queens of the World
- Writing - 8.4/108.4/10
- Storyline - 7.8/107.8/10
- Art - 7.2/107.2/10
- Color - 7.1/107.1/10
- Cover Art - 7.4/107.4/10
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