The underwater depths of Aquaman’s world can seem just as otherworldly as the cosmically far corners of the DC Universe, and that sensibility is fully embraced in the new DC Black Label series Aquaman: Andromeda.
Written by Ram V with art by Christian Ward, the miniseries brings an overtly science fiction approach to the Atlantean superhero and his watery world, with building horror undertones as the story progresses.
With hauntingly gorgeous artwork and a deliberate sense of narrative pacing, Andromeda is quickly shaping up to be unlike any Aquaman story before and one of DC’s most meditative titles in years.
In Aquaman: Andromeda #1, a region in the Pacific Ocean, Point Nemo, has served as an impromptu, watery graveyard for decades worth of crashed spacecraft.
However, as an extraterrestrial vessel in Point Nemo that has laid dormant for years suddenly begins to reactivate, it becomes clear that this region holds older, deeper mysteries that could upset the natural order on Earth.
The crew of an experimental submarine powered by a singularity investigates, while the alien spacecraft attracts the attention of both Black Manta and Aquaman as something sinister awakens at the bottom of the ocean.
Much of Ram’s previous work at DC has centered around themes of the unknown, from the mysteries of The Green in his run on The Swamp Thing to the vagaries of the DC Universe’s magical world in Justice League Dark.
Those themes remain present in Aquaman: Andromeda, but Ram is bringing a cosmic horror flair to this particular story, feeling more in line with similarly minded films like The Abyss than typical superhero fare.