First off, let me point out this story coincides with Justice League #24, where Mera gets recruited by the Justice League. This story is just told from Arthur's point of view. You should probably pick them both up if this story intrigues you.
And it should intrigue you.
Quick recap if you haven't been following along: Arthur was disposed of kingship by Rath and traitors inside the Kings own court using ancient magic. Mera was cast out of Atlantis and Aquaman is assumed dead. Atlantis now has a powerful magic shield protecting it called the Crown of Thorns that keeps everyone in and everyone out. Arthur has grown out his beard and hair. He goes by Orin now and has found himself in the company of an Outcast named Dolphin who is being hunted by the Drift because of her mutations.
Got all that? Good.
Arthur and Dolphin are almost caught by The Drift if it was for Mera throwing a temper Tantrum on the surface (one that almost destroys the East Coast... again). They use the confusion to escape to the lower reaches of the city where other outsiders find refuge.
Meanwhile, the traitorous Murk has Vulco in chains and is interrogating him about any contact he might have had with rebels. Vulco is recalcitrant, suffers torture, but finds a new ally with the Silent Sisterhood who spring him from jail.
Meanwhile meanwhile, Mera is still at it.
Rath has informants inside the Atlantis underworld however; Krush being the leader. He sends Kadaver to kill the outsiders, but has his assassin stop short when he seems that Orin might actually be Aquaman.
First off, I can't believe how good this series has been.
Okay, I can believe it, because Dan Abnett is writing. But still, this comic has been so good for so long that I feel like a broken record saying it over and over. It's not just that the story takes new and exciting turns, it's that Abnett is bringing back some old school and iconic characters and making them interesting again. I love that the new take on Dolphin. I love the new Outsiders. It's just perfect.
Speaking of loving the new Dolphin. I love her new character design just as much. Her powers are wild and the depiction of her using them is amazing. Stjepan Sejic's art is as beautiful and detailed as his name is to say aloud. He pencils, his inks, and his colors are master strokes. I never want him to stop working on Aquaman, though I know that's now how the industry works anymore.
I don't know how many times I have to say this for this series, but I will do it one more time:
BUY THIS BOOK
Comics don't get much better than this.
Rating: 10/10 Ragey Redheads