After running one year of Rebirth, DC Comics has decided to reduce the output of some of its comics from biweekly to monthly. Cyborg, Deathstroke, and Aquaman are affected. I understand that Cyborg is struggling and reducing its output may release some of the stress that creators and readers have. For Deathstroke, the stories written by Christopher Priest are very complicated and required a second reading to piece all of the clues that he’s left since he started. While the artwork has been very good, it has also required the contribution of several artists to pull off such a tight schedule.
Aquaman has suffered the same fate with Brad Walker who was set to be the main artist being replaced very quickly by Scot Eaton and Philippe Briones. These two artists are dependable but more of what we could consider the safe DC Comics house style. Walker’s work was more in line with Marvel Comics and much more dynamic. Upon reading that Aquaman was being switched to a monthly format, I worried that the series was not selling well and like Cyborg and Deathstroke needed a little breather to not fall behind.
With the announcement that Croatian artist Stjepan Sejic is the new artist on the series, my worries stopped. The reason Aquaman is going monthly is so that Sejic can work his wonder on the series without requiring a fill-in artist, the way that Walker did. As you can see in the preview pages sent by DC Comics, this is a great decision after all!