I have talked about how much I love Aquaman allot here at the Court of Nerds. I have also talked allot about how much I love Dan Abnett. For me it has been the perfect marriage of writer and character. It’s a coupling that has created some of the best Aquaman stories in recent memory. Abnett knows how to create large stakes and very compelling characters, and it shines through with this current story arc.
If you need a refresher, just use that search bar and look up the keyword Aquaman. I’ve reviewed allot of them.
We pick up the story with Mera and Garth beating the hell out of some Atlantean sorcerers outside the magic “Crown of Thorns,” the mystic wall that prevents anyone from entering Atlantis. Arthur has been deposed and Mera has been exiled. She enlisted the help of the Titan to help break back into Atlantis and find the former King… or at least avenge him. Garth manages to snag a medallion off of one of the bad guys that allows entrance past the magic barrier and hands it off to Mera; acting as a distraction so she can enter.
Meanwhile, Murk is on the run from King Rath with the help of an ex-silent sister. They are breaking into a magic vault guarded by dead Atlantean Spirits to recover the former King’s trident.
Meanwhile, Meanwhile. Arthur is convinced by Dolphin that deposing Rath is the right thing to do, even if Arthur doesn’t want to be King. He needs to be Aquaman… and maybe that is enough.
Meanwhile, meanwhile, meanwhile. Krush tries to tell the traitor Murk that Arthur is alive and to warn Rath. Murk kills Krush indicating he knew Arthur was alive the whole time. Is Murk Arthur’s inside man?
This story is moving fast now, and Abnett is steering us toward a final confrontation between Aquaman and King Rath. Allot of questions remain. Will Murk be the one to stab Rath in the back? Will Vulco hook up with the not so virginal sister? Will Mera blow a gasket when she sees Dolphin draping her arms around her fiancé? Who knows?
What I know is: I love the story. The art however is getting a bit sloppy. Maybe it’s the breakneck pace that DC has been pushing out books. Maybe Sejic is doing too much handling the pencils, inks, colors, and lettering. Whatever it is… it’s beginning to get out of control. Previous issues have been gorgeous and perfectly fit the story that Dan is telling. Now… I’m not saying it’s bad… it’s just not consistently good.
That said, the slide on the art quality should turn you away from this comic series. It’s still top notch storytelling and now that long hair Aquaman is done with his emo phase, we can get into his kicking ass phase.