Aquaman / Jabberjaw Special #1

Somehow the character of Jabberjaw keeps popping up in cameos for various shows since his meager 16 episode run in the mid-1970s. He’s a talking, airbreathing, shark, who plays drums for a band called the Neptunes. I honestly have no idea why this particular crossover needed to exist, and as often as not either does the book itself.

Paul Pelletier art is really good. He’s taken a 1970’s VERY cartoon shark and made him fit into a more realistic world. Dan Abnett’s writing is also very good. Aquaman doesn’t take himself too seriously, referencing several standing jokes about how the world outside of the story often sees him. I don’t know how true to the original source his Jabberjaw is, but it feels like something that would come from that era of Hanna-Barbera cartoons. The downside for me is that, individually, both the art and writing work well, combined they just felt out of sync.

Well, even if I didn’t appreciate the main story I was still excited for the backup story of Captain Caveman. How wrong I was to get my hopes up. I was sitting in the panel announcing the first DC / Hanna-Barbera reboot titles a few years ago, and the question everyone had about The Flintstones was would we see Captain Caveman. He’s arguably the most iconic character to spin out of those stone age stories, even though he really wasn’t a spin-off and it wasn’t until much later that the two sets of characters were connected. First panel: Captain Caveman smashing up a team of Manhunters… what now? Why are the Spectre and the Wizard Shazam here? Cavey soon became involved with his cartoon cohorts, the Teen Angels. At the end of the day, this is probably a more accurate depiction than including him in the Flintstones reboot would have been. But I still think that story would have been more enjoyable. Although Shazam’s observation about heroes constantly using the rank Captain in their nom de guerre is glorious.

Ultimately I was supremely underwhelmed with this special. There are a few glimmers of great in there, but not enough to warrant giving it more than a generous 2 out of 5.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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