Another annual so soon? It feels like it's been less than a year since the last one (and that's because it has), but who cares when you've got Aquaman teaming up with Wonder Woman, Mera teaming up with Wonder Woman, plus a horde of Harryhausen-esque mythological creatures?
After a boffo recap of Aquaman's previous tangle with these creatures from Hell, we now find the Sea King and Wonder Woman in a bad place:
Celeana uses her powers to warp the minds of both heroes, so they suffer delusions as to where they are. Aquaman and Wonder Woman start fighting each other, giving another one of the monsters time to cover them in an icky goo, turning them to stone! Back in the present, it looks bad for the two Justice Leaguers, until the guy that started all this, Dr. Evans, shows up, wielding a magic talisman. He confronts Celeana, which allows the spell controlling Aquaman and Wonder Woman to wear off:
A few days later, Wonder Woman is on the Aegean Sea, back on the trail of some of the creatures who got away. But, again, she's not going it alone:
Waiting for them on a remote island is a nest of horrible creatures who, without the aid of any sort of magic, have been doing it Old School: grabbing tourists right off the boats and killing them. For a moment, Wonder Woman tries to talk with the head monster, asking if there wasn't another way they could survive, minus all the murdering and eating. The deal is rejected, so Wonder Woman and Mera go to work.
After a short battle, Mera opens a tunnel in the water to a still-active volcano. Wonder Woman dives into it, causing it to erupt. Mera uses her powers to create a whirlpool, dumping all the monsters into the fiery pit:
As I have stated before, I have been enjoying Jeff Parker's Ray Harryhausen-esque take on Aquaman. It feels like a natural fit, and while Black Manta and Ocean Master are great bad guys, it's nice to be able to tell a different kind of story involving the Sea King. Yvel Guichet has shown an ability to handle fantasy characters and settings well, and he continues that work here. All you really needed to get the full effect was a "Produced by Charles H. Schneer" credit at the front, and some Bernard Herrmann music playing as you read it.
I also liked the bifurcated-yet-connected stories, allowing us two distinct team-ups. Outside of Blackest Night, Mera really hasn't had much chance to interact with the rest of the DCU in her fifty year(!) history, so I'm always up for a little Mera: Brave and the Bold action.