Bright Day #20
With issue 19, we saw the start of the small story Aquawar, where Mera's heritage comes back to haunt her and Black Manta tries to help. With a battle over the land people beginning, Aquaman and the new Aqualad held their own, but were left wounded at issues end as Black Manta cut off Aquaman's hand. Again.
With issue 20, we get the ending to said events. Before Manta can kill AM, Manta's son, Aqualad, tackles him, choosing his side once and for all. Before things can get hairier, Mera and Aquagirl jump in to help out. Four against hundreds. Good odds for any hero. As AM had AL cauterize his bloody nub, they all come to realize that they cannot stop the invasion by simply fighting. Guess it's a good thing one of them is a water elemental and can control it. Pushing herself to almost death, Mera pulls back the entire ocean itself, using it as her extended arms and ripping each enemy back into the it. And with the help of AM new dead-fish-talk, he now has an entire army that can't be killed backing him. As they pull closer to the Bermuda Triangle (where the army was released), AL uses his unique powers to help shut them in once again. Embracing his mission, Arthur Curry is given his life back only to be turned into nothingness just like the Hawks were.
This series has had it's share of good and bad but when it's good, it's damn good. I'm nothing but intrigued by what the hell the White Lantern wants with everyone. It said they all have a part to play and it's all part of the plan but I wanna know what that plan is, dammit. Only six issues left, though, so answers have to start coming, right? I mean, it's not like this is a business where sales have to be drawn out continually every month...