by Mark Smith and Paul Maybury
Regular readers of this blog may recall me saying that fantasy is my favourite genre, and that I’d like to see more straight fantasy comics being made. Well, my prayers are being answered, because Aqua Leung is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when I said that – and at the same time, it’s not like anything I could have predicted. The young boy Aqua Leung is the heir of the Octopus King, destined to unite the kingdoms under the sea, but not before he undergoes a punitive regime designed to mould him into the perfect general. The undersea kingdoms are harsh and violent, and Aqua must become as tough as a lobster’s shell before he can lead his people and become the terror of the seven seas. Aqua Leung is brightly-coloured and brash, a twice-told tale that feels fresh and new because of the bold style both Smith and Maybury bring to it. I loved it.
* – apologies to Jethro Tull