Aquaman, Volume 2
Aquaman's investigation into the mysterious Atlantean terrorist attacks on the surface is cut short when Black Manta taps his newfound weapons cache and unleashes an unstoppable weapon upon the undersea kingdom: a relentless behemoth from the deep that lays waste to anything in its path. In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), Arthur Curry continues his blood feud with his most dangerous enemy.Collecting: Aquaman 7-15

Aquaman, Volume 2 Details

TitleAquaman, Volume 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 18th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401272272
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Comic Book

Aquaman, Volume 2 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsNot too shabby. I'm going to go ahead and reiterate what everyone else has said about the Mera/Prophecy plot - it's stupid. There's literally no reason for any of it other than to cause wedding drama. Is Abnett dumb enough to drag it out?I guess I'll find out soon enough. The Black Manta/ N.E.M.O. thing was cool, though. The whole storyline was pretty action-packed and readably intense. You really get a feel for how much responsibility Arthur has while he tries to juggle being the King 3.5 starsNot too shabby. I'm going to go ahead and reiterate what everyone else has said about the Mera/Prophecy plot - it's stupid. There's literally no reason for any of it other than to cause wedding drama. Is Abnett dumb enough to drag it out?I guess I'll find out soon enough. The Black Manta/ N.E.M.O. thing was cool, though. The whole storyline was pretty action-packed and readably intense. You really get a feel for how much responsibility Arthur has while he tries to juggle being the King of the Fish and a Landlubber at the same time. I liked that he mended fences with the Justice League but, at the same time, I thought it was kind of silly that he was worried they didn't like him/wouldn't trust him anymore. But whatever. While his reluctance to call on them seemed kinda stupid and just shoved in there for the sake of dragging things out, their reaction to be there for their friend no matter what felt right.Recommended for Aquafans.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Black manta has taken over NEMO and is instigating a war between Atlantic and the US. This is full on warfare with covert ops, giant sea monsters and a secret SPECTRE like organization. It's pretty damn cool. Unfortunately the Mera prophecy subplot is just dumb and just an excuse to cause drama during the wedding plans. WAY too much time is spent on it.
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I felt like this was a great story. Dan told a great political thriller in the Aquaman world. The one point I thought was cliche was Mera going to the Temple and all this drama happening about the wedding. Le Sigh. The rest of the story was inspired and so much fun to read. This might be the best volume of Aquaman I have read; it's possible. I enjoyed Superman's role in the story as Diplomat for Arthur and Atlantis. I wasn't sure if the Justice League was going to fight Aquaman or not, but Wow, I felt like this was a great story. Dan told a great political thriller in the Aquaman world. The one point I thought was cliche was Mera going to the Temple and all this drama happening about the wedding. Le Sigh. The rest of the story was inspired and so much fun to read. This might be the best volume of Aquaman I have read; it's possible. I enjoyed Superman's role in the story as Diplomat for Arthur and Atlantis. I wasn't sure if the Justice League was going to fight Aquaman or not, but it was all handled so well. That Black Manta is a helluva character. He is one of the great villains out there. He is psycho. Still, many Americans and Atlantians died in this story. That's a brutal world. I can't wait for the next one. This story is simply amazing. More Aquaman please.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Def more even than volume 1. Still not amazing but we're getting there. The set up is great. Mantis is just pulling the strings and fucking everything up. The United States and Atlantis are at war thanks to him. Aquaman is trying to fix it but no one believes him. The political side to it all, the justice league moments, and the fight where Aquaman vs the deepwater monster are great. The Mara subplot is just okay. I wish I cared more but I don't. I also hate how this wrapped up so nicely. We cou Def more even than volume 1. Still not amazing but we're getting there. The set up is great. Mantis is just pulling the strings and fucking everything up. The United States and Atlantis are at war thanks to him. Aquaman is trying to fix it but no one believes him. The political side to it all, the justice league moments, and the fight where Aquaman vs the deepwater monster are great. The Mara subplot is just okay. I wish I cared more but I don't. I also hate how this wrapped up so nicely. We could have made this a two part arc where Aquaman has to fix things slowly not just beat the bad guy and it's all over. The last issue is a major letdown. Overall though a fun title, easy to read, the art looks great. So if like Aquaman check this one out.
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  • kristen b ♡
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS SO PERFECT!!! i love aquaman’s rebirth so much and i’m rereading these for the sink atlantis arc in suicide squad #45 and aquaman #39!!from volume one to volume two the transition flows nicely and picks up where it leaves off. and art and writing remain consistent and flawless. each character is drawn so uniquely and given detail to desperate them from the others (speaking of the many, many side characters).i think this shows aquaman and mera’s sides very clearly and it’s so much irony f THIS IS SO PERFECT!!! i love aquaman’s rebirth so much and i’m rereading these for the sink atlantis arc in suicide squad #45 and aquaman #39!!from volume one to volume two the transition flows nicely and picks up where it leaves off. and art and writing remain consistent and flawless. each character is drawn so uniquely and given detail to desperate them from the others (speaking of the many, many side characters).i think this shows aquaman and mera’s sides very clearly and it’s so much irony for the reader to know what’s going on with mera but having aquaman not know and vice versa.the justice league joining was a good scene but i felt personally that they would have had a different reaction to arthur’s actions. it’s nothing major enough to take off a star, but just a preference. maybe i like my characters to struggle too much.one thing i particularly liked was the scene of arthur and mera in the hospital. you can really see the hurt on mera’s face, not only for arthur, but for the news she recently was told. usually i’m not one for lovey scenes in the middle of a comic as action filled as this is but i felt to match the dynamic it for in a perfect spot (and also i love them too much to not want to see them be lovey).all in all, any aquaman comic that features tula as much as this has is 5/5!
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    Were as the first volume had some seriously rough dialogue this volume picked things up immensely. Art was good, action was great, story was very good also.
  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    This series is moving along swimmingly (I just had to use it) and is again pleasantly exceeding my initial expectations. The story-line continues directly from Vol. 1 - which saw Black Manta taking control of oceanic terrorist group NEMO, and he's now planning to instigate Atlantis versus the U.S. warfare - and diplomatic tensions / problems / incidents are kicked into overdrive for our title hero. Notably, there are also a couple of nicely written scenes featuring the reassuring arrival of some This series is moving along swimmingly (I just had to use it) and is again pleasantly exceeding my initial expectations. The story-line continues directly from Vol. 1 - which saw Black Manta taking control of oceanic terrorist group NEMO, and he's now planning to instigate Atlantis versus the U.S. warfare - and diplomatic tensions / problems / incidents are kicked into overdrive for our title hero. Notably, there are also a couple of nicely written scenes featuring the reassuring arrival of some 'superfriends' (hint) to offer assistance when the situation is bleak. Possibly the most interesting part throughout was illustrating that Aquaman carries an unenviable amount of responsibility (king, warrior, JLA member, husband-to-be, etc.) for one superhero.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Dan Abnett can really, really write a good Aquaman story, we have learned- and the great news I just saw today is that he will also be writing a Mera solo series , the first time ever Arthur's queen will get her own title, to which I say...There's plenty in this volume for everyone- James Bond-ian secret undersea societies, conflict between the U.S. Military and an "alien" threat spiralling out of control, Justice League cameos, brutal fights, and contrived conflict between Our Hero and his brid Dan Abnett can really, really write a good Aquaman story, we have learned- and the great news I just saw today is that he will also be writing a Mera solo series , the first time ever Arthur's queen will get her own title, to which I say...There's plenty in this volume for everyone- James Bond-ian secret undersea societies, conflict between the U.S. Military and an "alien" threat spiralling out of control, Justice League cameos, brutal fights, and contrived conflict between Our Hero and his bride-to-be due to (you guessed it!) wedding planning problems.*Definitely one of the strongest Aqua-volumes since the Geoff Johns' and Ivan Reis days, highly recommended!* OK, it was due to a dodgy ancient prophecy about the end of the world, but you know underlying it all it's because it meant they might lose their venue deposit, right?
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Aquaman's second big story arc feels like an event-size storyline. With Black Manta in charge of NEMO, he launches a full-scale attack on America and makes it look like Atlantis did the deed, prompting a war between the surface and the sea. It's a story we've seen before, but with Manta's twisted morals behind it all this time, it feels fresh and new.Mera gets her own sideplot, in which she faces a prophecy that could lead to the end of the world. All she needs to do is no [Read as single issues]Aquaman's second big story arc feels like an event-size storyline. With Black Manta in charge of NEMO, he launches a full-scale attack on America and makes it look like Atlantis did the deed, prompting a war between the surface and the sea. It's a story we've seen before, but with Manta's twisted morals behind it all this time, it feels fresh and new.Mera gets her own sideplot, in which she faces a prophecy that could lead to the end of the world. All she needs to do is not marry Arthur. Because that's nice.This is great stuff, from start to finish. Abnett marries political intrigue with superheroics and makes it personal along the way to great effect.Aiding him are Phillip Briones who has made himself the superstar of this book by turning out the most issues the most consistently, and Scot Eaton who's an admirable second on the rotation. Aquaman strayed a bit after Geoff Johns left, but he's back on top where he should be now.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Rehash of ideas is getting old. World: The art is okay, I would have loved more kinetic splash pages and character detail but overall it did it's job. The world building is a but choppy and too grand for it's own good. I know Abnett wants to tell a grand tale but there is not enough time to world build to make for a good story. The constant jumps to different groups also does not help. N.E.M.O. is alright but could use further development. Story: It was okay for what it was, a sea vs. surface st Rehash of ideas is getting old. World: The art is okay, I would have loved more kinetic splash pages and character detail but overall it did it's job. The world building is a but choppy and too grand for it's own good. I know Abnett wants to tell a grand tale but there is not enough time to world build to make for a good story. The constant jumps to different groups also does not help. N.E.M.O. is alright but could use further development. Story: It was okay for what it was, a sea vs. surface story, but seriously are we done with these stories in the last couple of years? Yes I know heavy is the crown but is this all the story is there for Aquaman? Can we not have some swashbuckling tales in the sea? We've had Throne of Atlantis and the constant unending sea hates surface and surface racism to the sea...it's getting very old (just like X-Men books). For what it was it was choppy and kinda all over the place and could have been presented better, the scope was too big and Abnett lost control of the story. All the players needed further development, all the politics needs further depth. This book is surface level is what it is. Aquaman deserves a better more deeper book (It feels like the Marvel Now Black Panther run, a lot of potential, poor writing). Characters: Arthur is Arthur not a lot of depth and we don't get it enough. Yes we know he is torn as a king but please give us some more depth and better court intrigue for him to deal with. Mera and her sidetrack were not good also and the rest of the cast are just not memorable. Manta is done okay, but his organization is also poorly defined and zzz...This book could have been Game of Thrones in the Sea and if written well could have been good, but it's not. It's not fun enough, or well written enough. Arthur deserves better. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    At first I was worried about whether this would be good, because it seemed a bit like a rehash of Geoff Johns's Throne of Atlantis storyline with Atlantis once again on the brink of war with the United States. But Abnett put enough of his own spin on the idea, and in fact, wrote a story that's even more enjoyable, even if it wasn't as action-packed. Arthur playing detective and racing to find proof of the shadowy terrorist group behind the attacks before the US declares war on Atlantis was all v At first I was worried about whether this would be good, because it seemed a bit like a rehash of Geoff Johns's Throne of Atlantis storyline with Atlantis once again on the brink of war with the United States. But Abnett put enough of his own spin on the idea, and in fact, wrote a story that's even more enjoyable, even if it wasn't as action-packed. Arthur playing detective and racing to find proof of the shadowy terrorist group behind the attacks before the US declares war on Atlantis was all very cool and suspenseful. It all plays like a great political thriller set in the Aquaman world! The further exploration of Atlantean mythos and world building is fascinating: The Drift. The Widowhood. The Deluge. All great stuff. Even the story with the Chewbacca-lookin' monster had a cool ending. There's a lot of promise in this series!
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  • Adam Spanos
    January 1, 1970
    First things first this volume collects 9 issue's from #7 to #15 which is almost twice the size of most other trade's which average about 5 per volume, basically you get your money's worth, it's also worth noting that there is more dialogue than most other title's too giving a deeper and richer story.The art is great throughout and I didn't notice when another penciler took over which is always good. The story is equally great and continues on from volume 1. An absolute bargain content wise and First things first this volume collects 9 issue's from #7 to #15 which is almost twice the size of most other trade's which average about 5 per volume, basically you get your money's worth, it's also worth noting that there is more dialogue than most other title's too giving a deeper and richer story.The art is great throughout and I didn't notice when another penciler took over which is always good. The story is equally great and continues on from volume 1. An absolute bargain content wise and would recommend both of the first 2 volume's, especially to new reader's that want to learn a bit more about the character before the justice league film comes out later this year.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly Aquaman is so underrated he is an amazing character and deserves more recognition. The art in this was amazing but what really shined was the narrative. I was on the edge of my seat gripped the entire way through this Volume and im so excited for more Aquaman, Mera and the rest of Atlantis. If you enjoy DC i beg of you to give the Aquaman rebirth a read it is amazing, one of my all time favourite DC runs.
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    This volume features the machinations of NEMO as they finally succeed in sparking a war between Atlantis and the USA. The Justice League gets involved and we see Aquaman vs. Black Manta yet again. This is a pretty good story with some political thriller style action, but to me it seems a little silly that the Justice League didn't get involved and put an end to things earlier. They seem too quick to believe Atlantis is behind the attacks even though by now they should know better. You'd think th This volume features the machinations of NEMO as they finally succeed in sparking a war between Atlantis and the USA. The Justice League gets involved and we see Aquaman vs. Black Manta yet again. This is a pretty good story with some political thriller style action, but to me it seems a little silly that the Justice League didn't get involved and put an end to things earlier. They seem too quick to believe Atlantis is behind the attacks even though by now they should know better. You'd think the USA would know better by now too, but I suppose since Atlantis did attack before, probably more than once, it has set a precedent. The subplot with Mera is a little silly but hopefully will eventually have a payoff. The art isn't bad but I liked the art of the New 52 better.Overall a good approach to a character that many writers seem to struggle to define.
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  • Douglas Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    Art was good, story was full of action, and loved the cameo from Justice League characters. Even though his name is in the subtitle, Manta behind the scenes for much of this volume and the climatic fight scene between him and Aquaman is too rushed.
  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    If you're doing a solo Aquaman title and pushing the theme of 'I'm a big boy not and now just a filler member of the Justice League', it really undermines your credibility when the JL is required to come save you from your terrible decisions.
  • Tom Brennan
    January 1, 1970
    Another strong entry in the Rebirth Aquaman series. I like how he has concerns most other DC heroes do not - the rule and care for a sovereign nation. Great read and art - looking forward to Volume 3!
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    A very up and down vol. The story has some good elements but as soon as they appear they quickly disappear. However it never enters the boring zone. Solid and fun art. Im just hoping they find a new story, instead of Atlantis vs Earth, it seems a little cliched.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsNice to see Arthur and Meta again. RIP Atlanteans that died. Hope Black Manta and Black Jack will be brought to justice. Also hope that Atlantis and the Surface World will get along now. Would be nice to live in Atlantis. Can't wait to read Aquaman volume 3!!!!
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  • Yasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read and once again amazing artwork!Review to come soon4.5 Stars
  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    Aquaman is a rip roaring thrill ride. Dan Abnett continues his stellar DC Rebirth run with the king of Atlantis. We are now fifteen issues into this series and it continues to amaze me. The artwork and colors are done well. This is a great looking graphic collection. Dan Abnett does a great job taking us into the culture and political intrigue of Atlantis. He perfectly balances the action with key character developing moments. It was great to see in this volume loving relationship between Arthur Aquaman is a rip roaring thrill ride. Dan Abnett continues his stellar DC Rebirth run with the king of Atlantis. We are now fifteen issues into this series and it continues to amaze me. The artwork and colors are done well. This is a great looking graphic collection. Dan Abnett does a great job taking us into the culture and political intrigue of Atlantis. He perfectly balances the action with key character developing moments. It was great to see in this volume loving relationship between Arthur & Mera. They really do complement one another. The conflict between Atlantis and America spirals out of control. Arthur may not be able to rely on even the Justice League to get him out this pickle. Mera has her own trouble as the political counsel of the elder leadership fear her marriage to Arthur aka Aquaman. Soon Arthur faces his mortal enemy Black Manta who is rising in power to destroy Atlantis himself. This was a really exciting read. I can not wait to see what happens next.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    This volume continues to have the credibility problems of its predecessor. It's hard to believe that everyone would be so certain that Arthur and Atlantis were engaging in aggression, just based on the fact that some underwater folks are assaulting cities.However, if you can get past that, this is a really nicely epic comic, where Atlantis and the United States truly could go to war, with all that would entail. It feels like the fate of the world might actually be on the line. Oh, sometimes the This volume continues to have the credibility problems of its predecessor. It's hard to believe that everyone would be so certain that Arthur and Atlantis were engaging in aggression, just based on the fact that some underwater folks are assaulting cities.However, if you can get past that, this is a really nicely epic comic, where Atlantis and the United States truly could go to war, with all that would entail. It feels like the fate of the world might actually be on the line. Oh, sometimes the storyline lessens itself by descending into superheroic fights, with a too-long battle with a Doomsday-style foe being the most troublesome. But when it moves past that, Abnett's Aquaman really soars. We also get a really nicely nuanced view of Arthur's character. Mera too. She takes a bit of a backseat in the main storyline, but gets an issue largely too herself, which almost makes up for that.Overall, a very enjoyable read, despite its flaws.
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  • Alex E
    January 1, 1970
    Black Manta has always been a bit of a one note character, but what this book does well is make him a much more formidable villain by having him be the head of a terrorist group. It makes good use of his tactical mind as well as his villainous heart.We get a good example of the JLA trying their hardest to be a team, but their distrust of one another ultimately puts them at odds with Aquaman. I still appreciated the team dynamic, however brief it may have been. There's alot of interesting politic Black Manta has always been a bit of a one note character, but what this book does well is make him a much more formidable villain by having him be the head of a terrorist group. It makes good use of his tactical mind as well as his villainous heart.We get a good example of the JLA trying their hardest to be a team, but their distrust of one another ultimately puts them at odds with Aquaman. I still appreciated the team dynamic, however brief it may have been. There's alot of interesting political dynamics, even if that is undercut by the over the top "aqua-marines".The issue I had with this volume is that it felt very long. There is a subplot regarding Mera, that felt, unnecessary or at the least, forced. I think the book would've been fine just focusing on the situation with Black Manta, then to try to cram too much in. This book is good enough to keep enjoying the coming volumes, but not good enough to be great yet.
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Solid. Not great, not poor. I will say I like the way the art is coming along now. Dan's story is not disappointing, but the magnitude of what's happening does not translate well and then subsequently ends too quickly for any real investment in what's going on. I hope this is build up for something more.Still solid.
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  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    January 1, 1970
    I still love Aquaman, and I'm starting to get super mad at the rest of the world, because... C'MON, GIVE HIM A BREAK. He's a good guy, everyone should know he's a good guy. Stop trying to kill him, geez.
  • Koen
    January 1, 1970
    Gàddèjjum... this was quite something!!Black Manta finds his way to the top of NEMO and goes full out against Aquaman and Atlantis..No need to say more.. Just go read this!I'm off to the next part!! Cheers ;)
  • Ashly Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I'M SOLDPretty much thinking that Aquaman should get his own origin movie. Especially so if Jason Mamoa is the lead. JUST SAYINGRTC
  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not so crazy about Aquaman and Mera just leaving Salty the dog at the lighthouse all by his lonesome with no one around except that cop who stops by to feed him. That's bullshit.
  • Nicole Westen
    January 1, 1970
    I still wanted to punch Superman.
  • Sarospice
    January 1, 1970
    Alot of good things are going on with Aquaman in this latest series. He's written as a king and how difficult that can be in the current dc universe. Mera is given alot of dimension and stories of her own. And it will always be cool to watch Arthur kick Black Manta in the bulbous helmet!
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