Bad Blood In The Water: ‘Atlantis Attacks #3’ Reviewed
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
After the Atlantean dragon almost destroyed its own homeland, Namor is ready to kill Brawn, aka Amadeus Cho, and destroy the city of Pan. Thankfully, Wave and the Sirenas arrive to save Amadeus and pacify Namor. The Sub-Mariner is imprisoned back at Pan and both Agents of Atlas teams convene a meeting with the Sirenas to discuss their next plan of action. Cho doesn’t trust Mike Nguyen, the creator of the City of Pan. Namora, an Atlantean herself, doesn’t trust the Sirenas. Wave, Nguyen, Isaac Ikeda, and the Sirenas are ready to go finish off Atlantis, but Cho and the rest of the team just want to protect Pan and reestablish peace. The team is ready to tear itself apart.
Atlantis Attacks #3 brings Pan and Atlantis to the brink of war. The Agents of Atlas have received aid in the form of the Sirenas, but this only reignites ancient tensions between Atlantis and the Sirenas.
Much of the comic is the Agents of Atlas, Nguyen, and the Sirenas debating what to do next. It’s revealed that the Sirenas set Atlantis’ dragon loose in the undersea kingdom and Nguyen is more than happy to endorse the action. Nguyen and the Sirenas are banging the war drums, so Jimmy Woo wants to protect Atlantis from them. However, Cho knows that Namor may stage another attack on Pan. Plus, the bad blood between Atlantis and the Sirenas seems to paint Atlantis in a pretty bad picture, even if it all may have happened a long time ago.
There are a lot of moving parts in this conflict, and it’s easy to get lost figuring out who is on which side.
All this said, the fight between Amadeus and Namor at the beginning is pretty damn cool, and it does give the book a bombastic opening. Plus, the moral debate is fairly interesting.
Ario Anindito and Robert Gill do a damn good job on the visuals. Their styles complement one another well and the detailing work on the comic is distinct and visually grabbing. The fight scene at the beginning looks aptly epic and the characters emote very well throughout. Rachelle Rosenberg’s color work is dynamic and well-balanced, giving a lot of additional life to the book.
Atlantis Attacks #3 is a somewhat slower issue, as we figure out the different sides in the conflicts between Atlantis, Pan, and the Sirenas. That said, it is an interesting read with some great artwork. Plus, we do get that sweet, if brief, fight between Cho and Namor at the opening. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Atlantis Attacks #3 comes to us from writer Greg Pak, artists Ario Anindito and Robert Gill, color artist Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Rock-He Kim, and variant cover artist Nick Bradshaw with Rachelle Rosenberg.
Final Score: 7/10