Aquaman, Volume 3
A part of DC Universe Rebirth, the adventures of the King of the Seven Seas continue in AQUAMAN VOL. 3!Aquaman's mission to unite the sea and surface has taken a great leap forward. But N.E.M.O.--the secret terrorist organization--has other ideas. Black Manta deploys the agents of this nefarious organization to provoke hostilities between Atlantis and America. The Deluge--the prophesied, all-out global war--is about to begin...It's up to Aquaman to uncover proof of N.E.M.O.'s deception before the two nations destroy each other!With writer Dan Abnett (TITANS HUNT) and the art team of Phillipe Briones (NEW SUICIDE SQUAD) and Brad Walker (SINESTRO) at the helm, the King of Atlantis faces his gravest challenge yet in AQUAMAN VOL. 3! Collects AQUAMAN #16-24.

Aquaman, Volume 3 Details

TitleAquaman, Volume 3
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401271497
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Aquaman, Volume 3 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe majority of these issues are just straight Aquaman Saves the Day sort of stories.But then at the end, it goes into a meaty new direction plot-wise. Warhead is the 1st villain he encounters, as he attempts to use the newfound goodwill felt toward Atlantis to bring them to the surface world's table as a legitimate nation. It's a solid story.The return of Deadwater was great, too. I quite enjoyed the tension and mystery of that entire arc. It very much (to me) has a horror vibe - being 3.5 starsThe majority of these issues are just straight Aquaman Saves the Day sort of stories.But then at the end, it goes into a meaty new direction plot-wise. Warhead is the 1st villain he encounters, as he attempts to use the newfound goodwill felt toward Atlantis to bring them to the surface world's table as a legitimate nation. It's a solid story.The return of Deadwater was great, too. I quite enjoyed the tension and mystery of that entire arc. It very much (to me) has a horror vibe - being trapped with an alien monster that could be anywhere or (maybe?) anyone.Ok, it was the last issue (issues?) that really got me excited, though. And maybe that's because I peeked at the next volume and saw who was being introduced (view spoiler)[ DOLPHIN! (hide spoiler)] and got a look at the fabulous artwork in the panels? This may be the most anticipated volume of Aquaman for me since Geoff Johns left the title!Oh, and one of the big highlights of this collection was being able to look at the Joshua Milldeton variant covers at the end.Cool stuff, am I right?Recommended for Aquafans.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    The first two-thirds of the book was great. I loved how Aquaman was getting his due. The Aquafans were pretty great too. I think I saw my friend Anne in there. She's the biggest Aquafan I've ever met. Warhead was interesting as well. Dead Water returns and we find out its origins. The story could have done more to give it a creepy Aliens / Leviation trapped in a base vibe but I'll take it.The Crown of Atlantis story fell really flat. It came out of left field and could have used more build up ov The first two-thirds of the book was great. I loved how Aquaman was getting his due. The Aquafans were pretty great too. I think I saw my friend Anne in there. She's the biggest Aquafan I've ever met. Warhead was interesting as well. Dead Water returns and we find out its origins. The story could have done more to give it a creepy Aliens / Leviation trapped in a base vibe but I'll take it.The Crown of Atlantis story fell really flat. It came out of left field and could have used more build up over previous issues to give it more credence. I felt like characters acted against their nature. The fact that Atlantis would hand over the crown to a terrorist is just asinine. Wouldn't they just break Orm out of prison if they hate Arthur so much? They even mention how much they all loved him in these two issues.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Aquaman, why can't you seem to hit the highs anymore? So this volume really just bounces all over the place. We have some that deal with the Dark Water. Remember that? Yeah that's the big ass creatures that pop out of any little water and murder people. Then we also deal with some political arguing with the cities and then further down the line we focus on the political nature of Atlantis itself. Aquaman is pissed when his own people begin to doubt him and then the big turn of events lead to Oh Aquaman, why can't you seem to hit the highs anymore? So this volume really just bounces all over the place. We have some that deal with the Dark Water. Remember that? Yeah that's the big ass creatures that pop out of any little water and murder people. Then we also deal with some political arguing with the cities and then further down the line we focus on the political nature of Atlantis itself. Aquaman is pissed when his own people begin to doubt him and then the big turn of events lead to a downer ending that no doubt sets up future events. Good: The ending is def the best part. The last two issues in particular are the best part. The most interesting thing for Aqauman for me is them talking about the major events of the bottom of the ocean to relation with top. I also do enjoy the more human moments with the characters at the start of the volume. Bad: The art seems flaky. No offense to the artist but it feels like he doesn't care. Also the fights aren't particularly interesting. The middle was a drag and just not very good. WHY!? Overall this is a just okay ending to the first half of Dan's run. Which is odd, because I think he's a solid writer. But this could have been better. I am excited for volume 4 just because the artist change and he's amazing <3
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    "Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world . . . " - The Beach BoysSomebody ought to tell Arthur Curry that sentiment. His difficult times continue in Vol. 3: Crown of Atlantis, and with that title the phrase 'heavy is the head that wears the crown' comes to mind. Unfortunately this edition is not quite as consistent in quality as 1 and 2. This time around there are three distinct story arcs -- the first is just okay but seemed unnecessarily bloodily violent at times, the second was a "Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world . . . " - The Beach BoysSomebody ought to tell Arthur Curry that sentiment. His difficult times continue in Vol. 3: Crown of Atlantis, and with that title the phrase 'heavy is the head that wears the crown' comes to mind. Unfortunately this edition is not quite as consistent in quality as 1 and 2. This time around there are three distinct story arcs -- the first is just okay but seemed unnecessarily bloodily violent at times, the second was a little better (with the tone of a gotcha! 80's sci-fi / horror movie), and final section (which was the most connected to the previous volumes' on-going Atlantis political story-line) was good and even had a 'to be continued'-style ending. Mera should also get an honorable mention for - all things considered - having the patience of a saint.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    The first part of this volume was a little disappointing and inconsequential as it was just about Arthur battling a couple of bad guys, first Warhead and then Dead Water. Both of these villains could be used to make really cool stories if the conflicts were fleshed out more, but these stories were throwaway. And you'll need knowledge of their stories from the end of the Aquaman New 52 run that Abnett wrote for context. But then the book ends with a great cliffhanger that could lead to pretty awe The first part of this volume was a little disappointing and inconsequential as it was just about Arthur battling a couple of bad guys, first Warhead and then Dead Water. Both of these villains could be used to make really cool stories if the conflicts were fleshed out more, but these stories were throwaway. And you'll need knowledge of their stories from the end of the Aquaman New 52 run that Abnett wrote for context. But then the book ends with a great cliffhanger that could lead to pretty awesome developments in Abnett's story, even if it seems to come a little out of nowhere. It would have been great if we felt more of this political turmoil a bit more from the start and feel it building more to this development!
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    It has come to my attention that one shared characteristic of the DC and Marvel universes is that Atlanteans are invariably assholes.I mean, Namor would fit right in with these haughty jerks, wouldn't he? Poor Arthur might just be in the wrong universe...This compilation made for some uneven reading as 3 different stories were introduced and dispatched. My favourite was probably the titular "Crown of Atlantis" one, but I enjoyed the return of Dead Water as well. The "Aquaman addresses the UN" ar It has come to my attention that one shared characteristic of the DC and Marvel universes is that Atlanteans are invariably assholes.I mean, Namor would fit right in with these haughty jerks, wouldn't he? Poor Arthur might just be in the wrong universe...This compilation made for some uneven reading as 3 different stories were introduced and dispatched. My favourite was probably the titular "Crown of Atlantis" one, but I enjoyed the return of Dead Water as well. The "Aquaman addresses the UN" arc was probably the weakest, though I am intrigued to see how Warhead fits into Abnett's future plans.You can still consider me an Aquafan!
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  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    This book should be rated more like a 4.5 stars. I give it 5 stars only because of the stellar issues #23 & #24. It has been a wild ride for the King of Atlantis. Dan Abnett really understands the character of Aquaman. Aquaman aka Arthur Curry is always a man stuck between two worlds. He wants to protect his people but he also is a a superhero to the surface world. Every time Arthur moves peace between Atlantis and the surface forward there is always an unknown threat or a misunderstanding t This book should be rated more like a 4.5 stars. I give it 5 stars only because of the stellar issues #23 & #24. It has been a wild ride for the King of Atlantis. Dan Abnett really understands the character of Aquaman. Aquaman aka Arthur Curry is always a man stuck between two worlds. He wants to protect his people but he also is a a superhero to the surface world. Every time Arthur moves peace between Atlantis and the surface forward there is always an unknown threat or a misunderstanding that keeps this peace from being reached.In a way this volume should be called the Fall of Aquaman as Arthur finds himself confronted with a royal coup that sees an Atlantian terrorist group seize power away from the would be king. But what do you do when your greatest enemy is your own people's fear and prejudice. But Arthur reminds us what any great hero & leader should do and that is stand up for what is right. It looks like he may lose the battle for know but Dan Abnett has set the stage for Aquaman to come back stronger than ever. The the earlier dead water story felt like a filler arc while we move towards the end of this run. The next time we read Aquaman we will have a new artist team and the story will have a new status quo going forward. Ultimately Abnett has done a great job with the character and the world he inhabits. This series really shines with the love story between Mera & Arthur. Their story is all about love & sacrifice. Mera is fighting battles of her own as she just wants to be with the one she loves but she understands the burden Arthur carries as king versus being half-human. The artwork kind of changes from okay to great in some issues. The colors really pop and work with the story. I do think that Aquaman is a series that will not be everyone's cup of tea. To be fair the volume one was a bit better but I really like where Abnett has taken the character. Readers looking to jump into Aquaman I suggest reading the following earlier collections:Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench, Aquaman, Volume 2: The Others, Aquaman, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman, Volume 4: Death of a King, Aquaman, Volume 6: Maelstrom, Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning&Aquaman (2016-) Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]The threat of NEMO and Black Manta is behind him. Now, Aquaman can turn his attention back to Atlantis...right?Wrong. Dead Water returns, and a supercomputer tries to murder Aquaman because he wants to be friends. And of course, while all that's happening, there's a coup in Atlantis. God damn it, can't Arthur have one day off?These nine issues bring Aquaman right up to the next big storyline which is currently unfolding, and while they seem a little insignificant on their [Read as single issues]The threat of NEMO and Black Manta is behind him. Now, Aquaman can turn his attention back to Atlantis...right?Wrong. Dead Water returns, and a supercomputer tries to murder Aquaman because he wants to be friends. And of course, while all that's happening, there's a coup in Atlantis. God damn it, can't Arthur have one day off?These nine issues bring Aquaman right up to the next big storyline which is currently unfolding, and while they seem a little insignificant on their own, combined together you realise quite how clever Abnett has been, dividing Aquaman's attention away from Atlantis to the point where it all crashes down around his ears. Plus, the threats he's facing are unique - we've seen Dead Water before, but this time we get a lot more background on where he came from, and Warhead from the first arc is definitely not something I've seen before, and not a character that would have worked for anyone but Aquaman. It all makes the final two issues, the titular Crown Of Atlantis story, even more impactful as you see all these victories Arthur has won fall apart around him.The Aquaman art team of Brad Walker, Phil Briones, and Scot Eaton bid farewell on this volume, turning out another solid 9 issues, all on time and never dropping in quality at all. Their styles are fairly safe and 'house standard', but they get the job done, and never distract from the action. I'm curious to see where they head off to next.A trio of stories that move Aquaman into the next phase of Abnett's story, all very good on their own and even better when viewed as a whole.
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    A fun volume with good action and good art.
  • Daniel Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    Really a few arcs combined in one long volume.I do enjoy Abnett writing Aquaman so no complaints other than wondering if editorially this could have been separated into other volumes, or the last 3 chapters added to the next volume making it a bigger edition.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    OK start and...really again...finish...ARGH!!!!World: The art is okay. I think it could be better, especially with the Dead Water stuff the tone of the art didn't really help the story. It could have been darker and more contrasting shades of light and shadow giving it a horror tone that would have fit the story (like Sphere, and the Abyss). The world building here is also okay, I really liked the horror monster part of the world but once again the politics of Atlantis is idiotic and too simple OK start and...really again...finish...ARGH!!!!World: The art is okay. I think it could be better, especially with the Dead Water stuff the tone of the art didn't really help the story. It could have been darker and more contrasting shades of light and shadow giving it a horror tone that would have fit the story (like Sphere, and the Abyss). The world building here is also okay, I really liked the horror monster part of the world but once again the politics of Atlantis is idiotic and too simple for any good political intrigue to be interesting....argh. Story: The issue about Dead Water was fun. Simple and flawed but fun. I wanted more swashbuckling and more creatures of the deep and this is what we got. Mostly it'd okay but I think the tone should have been more horror but it wasn't. It wasn't really all that well written and the Aquamarines which I'll get into below were just boring. The Crown of Atlantis storyline was really really bad because once again Abnett thinks that 2 issues is enough to tell a good political intrigue story. We don't get a lot of preamble, people turn for the sake of the story, characters are introduced for the sake of story and the leanings of the citizens of Atlantis is inconsequential and we are to take it as what the story allows it. We are suppose to believe that the citizens of Atlantis are okay with a terrorist on the throne. Then again how does the political system in Atlantis actually work? Are they a full monarchy? Do they have a house like the UK? ALL OF THIS IS NEVER TALKED ABOUT and we are suppose to just take basic dumb story politics again, that's just lazy ass writing. Add to that we've had like 6 issues of peace without doing this and now we are doing this again??? ARE THERE NO OTHER STORIES TO TELL? CAN ABNETT NOT THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE AS A WRITER????!!!!Characters: Arthur is Ned Stark and he deserves to be treated as a poor ruler, it's true and it's annoying. But he's also Chosen Tula, are we supposed to think she's stupid too? The Aquamarines are a dumb idea they remind me of HARD Corps in Valiant, a group of characters you don't care about and don't want to care about, why are we even getting more of them? Murk is annoying because his character changes page by page and Abnett clearly does not care it makes no sense but he's needed for the story to turn. Poor poor poor character work. I'm not even going to justify talking about the people of Atlantis choosing a terrorist and we as readers are suppose to be okay with that. Abnett please don't drag this book into the shits cause that's what's happening at the moment. Can't you be a better and more creative writer???Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    The war between Atlantis and the US is over, but has trust been built strong enough to keep the peace?First, he faces off with Warhead, a sentient robot with PTSD, who uses technomancy and mind control in an effort to "find a safe place". Cool story, but seemed a bit like filler.Secondly, Dead Water makes a return when Arthur and Mera go to investigate an abandoned military base (with the Aquamarines in tow) and find him still alive. Turns out that "Dead Water" is the manifestation of a huge fea The war between Atlantis and the US is over, but has trust been built strong enough to keep the peace?First, he faces off with Warhead, a sentient robot with PTSD, who uses technomancy and mind control in an effort to "find a safe place". Cool story, but seemed a bit like filler.Secondly, Dead Water makes a return when Arthur and Mera go to investigate an abandoned military base (with the Aquamarines in tow) and find him still alive. Turns out that "Dead Water" is the manifestation of a huge fear response from an extra-terrestrial warning beacon. Anyone can turn into "Dead Water" should they be afraid enough. Aquaman and Mera journey to Tethys through an undersea wormhole and are forced to destroy the gate when the humans begin to lose control.Thirdly, while he is off fighting and making peace with America, Corum Rath has begun to convince the Atlantians that he should be king because of Arthur's affinity for humankind and his long stretches being away. Arthur is tried and found guilty and decides to live in Amnesty Bay with Mera. As he tries to leave though, King Corum orders Arthur caught and Murk stabs him to keep him from swimming away. The Volume ends on a cliffhanger.Really enjoy Aquaman and just wish it would be published faster. High recommend though...
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  • Douglas Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    Aquaman Rebirth is defiantly good comic book reading, but for me it's living in the shadow of Geoff Johns' amazing New 52 run. Not only is that great Aquaman- it's some of the best superhero reading you can find (ask anybody I know, they are sick of hearing me say it). With my prejudice fully admitted, I did enjoy this volume. The first few issues have Aquaman dealing with his new found fame and badassness in a fun way, and with a wink and a nod to Rebirth readers that the New 52 badass Aquaman Aquaman Rebirth is defiantly good comic book reading, but for me it's living in the shadow of Geoff Johns' amazing New 52 run. Not only is that great Aquaman- it's some of the best superhero reading you can find (ask anybody I know, they are sick of hearing me say it). With my prejudice fully admitted, I did enjoy this volume. The first few issues have Aquaman dealing with his new found fame and badassness in a fun way, and with a wink and a nod to Rebirth readers that the New 52 badass Aquaman is still here, but this story also fulfills Dc's Rebirth's promise to fans to make their core heroes true heroes again as Aquaman work to rehabilitate and "cure" his new foe. The middle issues of this volume are the best for me as Aquaman and Mera (who is still a badass too) help the government (that they were just at war with) solve a mysterious new watery sinkhole. This story soon turns into 70's disaster movie fun with warnings going ignored, a renegade bomb, and plenty casualties in a race against the clock. The last 2 issues kept me from loving this volume with a played out story of a government revolt against King Aquaman (that was kinda already done in the New 52 run)
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    There were a few different storylines in this volume. We start out with a cyborg suffering from PTSD who is attempting to locate Atlantis in order to make it a safe haven for himself. Then we have my favorite storyline of the Aquaman Rebirth series so far where we see the return of "Dead Water" from the New 52 series. The origin of the creature is revealed in a story which stars the Aquamarines. This one is basically a horror story in the vein of "Alien" but under the water instead of in space. There were a few different storylines in this volume. We start out with a cyborg suffering from PTSD who is attempting to locate Atlantis in order to make it a safe haven for himself. Then we have my favorite storyline of the Aquaman Rebirth series so far where we see the return of "Dead Water" from the New 52 series. The origin of the creature is revealed in a story which stars the Aquamarines. This one is basically a horror story in the vein of "Alien" but under the water instead of in space. The volume closes out with the prelude to the next storyline where Atlantis once again gets tired of Aquaman as King and decides to replace him with an unstable criminal. The whole "King in Exile" storyline seems way overdone with Aquaman, but I'll withhold judgement until I read the next volume.Overall probably the strongest volume of the Aquaman Rebirth series.
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  • Eldon Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    You know I have to say that Dan Abnett has done a masterful job with this run. I love all the court intrigue and political machinations that he's incorporated. It really brings another layer to the character. Haven't read a ton of Rebirth comics but the rest will have a long way to go to match this run!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOD NO.
  • Adam Spanos
    January 1, 1970
    Aquaman Volume Three isn't as strong as the previous volume's throw down between Aquaman and the forces of Black Manta, but it does move the story in an intriguing direction. The opening arc of the book is the weakest as Arthur, while helping to rebuild and recover the American coast after NEMO's assault, finds himself more in the world's spotlight than he has ever been before. However, he soon runs afoul of a cybernetic threat called Warhead. The arc is wrapped up rather quickly and annoyingly Aquaman Volume Three isn't as strong as the previous volume's throw down between Aquaman and the forces of Black Manta, but it does move the story in an intriguing direction. The opening arc of the book is the weakest as Arthur, while helping to rebuild and recover the American coast after NEMO's assault, finds himself more in the world's spotlight than he has ever been before. However, he soon runs afoul of a cybernetic threat called Warhead. The arc is wrapped up rather quickly and annoyingly ignores some of Warhead's more vile actions in favor of seeing Arthur play peacemaker (great concept, but he essentially lets Warhead get away with murder).The second arc is the main focus of the book and sees Arthur revisit the threat of Dead Water: a ravenous aquatic beast that he thought dead during the New 52-era run of the title. The arc is solid and plays out like a horror thriller with Arthur, Mera, and their human companions trapped inside a seemingly abandoned research facility with a new infestation of the Dead Water creatures; just be aware that this book is a direct sequel to Volume 8 of the New 52-era Aquaman run. If, like me, you never read that particular volume, some bits of the story might be a tad confusing although Abnett does a great job of recapping the previous events for new readers. The best arc is the final one in which Aquaman returns to Atlantis to find that the ruling noble class has rebelled against him. Arthur finds himself in the unenviable position of having to argue for the virtues of his leadership against a fearful Atlantis that resents being dragged onto the world stage. Abnett's writing takes on a political thriller aspect here that is fantastic and plays out like an underwater Game of Thrones arc. It also pushes the character in an intriguing new direction for the next volume (though it does lose a bit of its edge due to the fact that the New 52 just had an arc in which Aquaman was deposed not that long ago)
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, a disappointing volume of Abnett's Aquaman because it moves away from its strengths and to superheroics against entirely forgettable villains.Warhead (16-18). A military weapon asks Aquaman for help. There's some nice work here showing how Aquaman's role in the world has changed, but otherwise this is as silly as it sounds [2/5].H20 (19-22). Oh, hey, Abnett's run began at the very end of the nu52? Who knew!? But it unfortunately means that this story is a continuation of nu52 plotlines, Overall, a disappointing volume of Abnett's Aquaman because it moves away from its strengths and to superheroics against entirely forgettable villains.Warhead (16-18). A military weapon asks Aquaman for help. There's some nice work here showing how Aquaman's role in the world has changed, but otherwise this is as silly as it sounds [2/5].H20 (19-22). Oh, hey, Abnett's run began at the very end of the nu52? Who knew!? But it unfortunately means that this story is a continuation of nu52 plotlines, which Rebirth readers don't know about. It starts out as a pretty dull base-under-siege story with a good 'ole unkillable monster. It only gains depth in the last few issues where we learn more about what's really going on [3+/5].Crown of Atlantis (23-24). At last we get back to the good stuff, with palace politics and the fate of Arthur's role as king of Atlantis. Sadly, this is just a prelude, not really a full story [4/5].
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    This volume covers issues #16-24 and features some different flavors - mystery, horror, political intrigue - all wrapped up in that super-hero sheen. I continue to really love what Abnett and the rotating art team of Eaton, Walker, and Brionnes do here and will roll into the next volume very soon.
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  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    Major developments.Watch the Council. Not everyone is happy with Arthur's rush for changes.Big Doings, good writing. Good art.
  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Ridiculous filler issues about a mind controlling robot are actually less ridiculous than Aquaman referring to himself as a progressive leader 137,000 times while pitying the poor backward citizens of Atlantis who don't want to fundamentally change the nature of their world. (Aquaman is then stupidly surprised when a coup occurs)
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Stupid Aquman, ending with a stupid cliffhanger. I mean, I thought in the beginning that this was just going to be a fun volume after averting an ENTIRE WORLD WAR in the last two. You know: there would be fallout, sure, but mostly, this volume would be all about solid comic action. We fight some monsters, see Aquaman be awesome... but then, WHAM! All of the unrest that has been roiling in Atlantis during Arthur's time as king comes to a climax! And Arthur's crown is ripped away from him! And now Stupid Aquman, ending with a stupid cliffhanger. I mean, I thought in the beginning that this was just going to be a fun volume after averting an ENTIRE WORLD WAR in the last two. You know: there would be fallout, sure, but mostly, this volume would be all about solid comic action. We fight some monsters, see Aquaman be awesome... but then, WHAM! All of the unrest that has been roiling in Atlantis during Arthur's time as king comes to a climax! And Arthur's crown is ripped away from him! And now he's trapped in Atlantis, too!?!?! And separated from Mera?!?! I wasn't expecting Aquaman to be this intense, but this doesn't just pack a punch: it kicks you in the gut a few times and leaves you alone in a dark alley begging for answers. All of that, plus there are "real world" parallels, namely: fear v. diplomacy. We all want to be safe, but where do we draw that line when we're a part of a global community? How can you protect your own interests and still be a part of the world stage? Those are some deep themes, and anyone who doesn't think that comics can't have big ideas with plots that are as layered as their characters... they need to read this series. I mean... wow. Plus, there's still the constant internal struggle within Arthur himself. Like the back of the book says: "The war is over... but can Aquaman ever find peace?" He's no longer a joke, but does that mean he must be an object of fear? He's the ruler of a sovereign nation and a metahuman... how can he convince anyone that he only wants to help? How can he convince Atlantis of that, too? The war isn't over... because the battles within Aquaman will (seemingly) never end. MAN, IS THIS A GOOD SERIES! I'm just mad that I didn't check out the next volume.... I guess I know what my first order of business is at the library. ;)
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  • Phil
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fairly long volume, with three arcs beginning with a PTSD character named warhead. This was dove tailed with a quick address to Nato and Atlantis helping restore some of the coastal towns affected by their attacks.The next Arc focuses on a remote navel research facility posted next to a lake with unique characteristics, almost a living organism that even prevents Aquaman from breathing underwater. Aquaman, Meara team up with Commander Ricoh and the Aquamarines to go figure out what's This was a fairly long volume, with three arcs beginning with a PTSD character named warhead. This was dove tailed with a quick address to Nato and Atlantis helping restore some of the coastal towns affected by their attacks.The next Arc focuses on a remote navel research facility posted next to a lake with unique characteristics, almost a living organism that even prevents Aquaman from breathing underwater. Aquaman, Meara team up with Commander Ricoh and the Aquamarines to go figure out what's happened to the scientists. They discover a pulse being sent from a portal within the body of water to an underwater world on another planet, with a defense mechanism that turns those who are not worthy of going through the portal into monsters that defend the pool of water hosting the portal. It was Aquaman's aquatelepathic abilities that figured this out. However, it ended with an interesting twist as he threw a nuke into the portal to close it up and stop the pulse. Mera compares his treatment of this first contact as the same way earth treats contact with Atlantis.The second arc and title for the volume has Aquaman fighting for the crown against a popular demagogue, Corum Rath, who believes isolation is the key to making Atlanta great again. No idea what that could be possibly be referencing!!..;). The council pick Rath as the next King and depose Arthur who tries to make valiant stand pleading for them to move forward, but he ends up being tossed to the deep and silence by Murk, with Mera looking on.I understand that Abnett's run has ended and I have no idea if a new team is now brought in, but I've found the artwork and colours vibrant and comfortable to follow.
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  • Scott Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Abnett continues to handle Aquaman well, keeping him interesting, and involved, thoroughly involved in both worlds. Beginning with Johns' run in the New 52 there seems to have been a more concerted effort than I've seen before to consistently play the outsider card with Aquaman. He's shown as all the things he always could have been if he were treated seriously, but he has often been--despite the efforts of various creative teams to take him seriously--kind of the Adam West Batman of the major D Abnett continues to handle Aquaman well, keeping him interesting, and involved, thoroughly involved in both worlds. Beginning with Johns' run in the New 52 there seems to have been a more concerted effort than I've seen before to consistently play the outsider card with Aquaman. He's shown as all the things he always could have been if he were treated seriously, but he has often been--despite the efforts of various creative teams to take him seriously--kind of the Adam West Batman of the major DCU heroes. I feel like that's successfully being changed here. Above all Johns and Abnett made these stories about Arthur Curry as the interface of two entirely different worlds. They demonstrate clearly that Aquaman is in one of those positions in which the person there will always be questioned, can only ever hope for pleasing some of the people most of the time, etc. We (the people) should be skeptical of anyone with the kind of power these superheroes have, and showing how that constant check and balance, that constant shift of opinion can great on a good man is one of the strengths of Abnett's run, and of Johns' before him.
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  • Misbah
    January 1, 1970
    Poor Aquman can't catch a break. After narrowly avoiding a war with the U.S., the King of Atlantis is asked to speak at the U.N. While there Aquanan encounters Warhead, a machine-man trying to escape war.Aquaman is later approached by the U.S. to help on a mission to extract scientists who had been studying a pool of strange water. The team soon learns that the something in the water is causing people to turn into word creatures known as Dead Water. Aquaman and Mera go into the pool of H2.O and Poor Aquman can't catch a break. After narrowly avoiding a war with the U.S., the King of Atlantis is asked to speak at the U.N. While there Aquanan encounters Warhead, a machine-man trying to escape war.Aquaman is later approached by the U.S. to help on a mission to extract scientists who had been studying a pool of strange water. The team soon learns that the something in the water is causing people to turn into word creatures known as Dead Water. Aquaman and Mera go into the pool of H2.O and discover a portal that leads to an unknown water planet. Quaman destroys the portal to stop more people from turning into Dead Water creatures. While Aquaman is fighting battles and stopping wars on the surface, his people in Atlantis have decided to over throw him. When he returns they remove his turtle and elect a new King. Before Mera can intervene the guards assault Aquaman and injure him badly. I liked the parallel between Aquaman and real life political and cultural issues. But over time it can get a little depressing. I don't think Ill be reading another Aquaman book anytime soon.
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  • Kyle Berk
    January 1, 1970
    This is a volume that is balancing a few different storylines and I don’t think it’s doing them very well. You have Arthur going off to fight a robot that has become human and has ptsd, fighting creatures spawned from dark water, and dealing with his kingdom.The robot is pretty alright, the dark water/monsters were the highlight of this volume and if it was only that I’d regard it higher. The Council stuff feels like it comes out of nowhere, it doesn’t because it’s been built up in he last volum This is a volume that is balancing a few different storylines and I don’t think it’s doing them very well. You have Arthur going off to fight a robot that has become human and has ptsd, fighting creatures spawned from dark water, and dealing with his kingdom.The robot is pretty alright, the dark water/monsters were the highlight of this volume and if it was only that I’d regard it higher. The Council stuff feels like it comes out of nowhere, it doesn’t because it’s been built up in he last volume, but an issue of slower paced plotting is missing.The art is fine but not great. It feels as though the writer wrote a script and then sent it to an artist and there was no more communication then that between the two.Overall it’s alright but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone other than big Aquaman fans. It’s not Geoff Johns run but it has some good moments and interesting concepts.2 stars.
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  • Adan
    January 1, 1970
    Arthur continues to defend the surface world, and that comes to bite him in the ass. The three stories in this collection — Warhead, Deep Water, and Crown of Atlantis — were all kind of ho-hum. They didn’t really grab me or anything. Crown of Atlantis was a bit more exciting in that Arthur’s kingdom is being usurped by a bunch of one-percenters and their terrorist puppet who will no doubt cause all kinds of problems, but the stupidity on display from nearly every character was too much. How does Arthur continues to defend the surface world, and that comes to bite him in the ass. The three stories in this collection — Warhead, Deep Water, and Crown of Atlantis — were all kind of ho-hum. They didn’t really grab me or anything. Crown of Atlantis was a bit more exciting in that Arthur’s kingdom is being usurped by a bunch of one-percenters and their terrorist puppet who will no doubt cause all kinds of problems, but the stupidity on display from nearly every character was too much. How does handing the reigns of your nation to an extremist terrorist make any kind of sense? Even if you’re all racist morons who agree with a terrorist’s underlying philosophy, surely letting a guy who’s murdered and exploded his way into a jail cell is a shit idea.Those Josh Middleton variant covers are still super pretty.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    For as much bashing as Aquaman has received over the years I hope that at least some of the haters have given his New 52 or REBIRTH volumes a read. I knew of the character growing up, but never read any of his comics until just a few years ago and I've been nothing but impressed. There is so much more to him. Vol. 3 of the REBIRTH run is another excellent entry. The story would make for an excellent AQUAMAN film and Abnett shows there are vital and interesting stories to tell regarding this stil For as much bashing as Aquaman has received over the years I hope that at least some of the haters have given his New 52 or REBIRTH volumes a read. I knew of the character growing up, but never read any of his comics until just a few years ago and I've been nothing but impressed. There is so much more to him. Vol. 3 of the REBIRTH run is another excellent entry. The story would make for an excellent AQUAMAN film and Abnett shows there are vital and interesting stories to tell regarding this still unfairly maligned DC icon.
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  • Koen
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I didn't totally hated this, but this had definitely less "panache" and "pizzaz" than the previous volume..True, we did get three stories, three bad guys: Warhead, the "return" of Deadwater (sorry, don't know him, must have missed the first encounter), and Rath's back as well ... But all stories were flawed in such a way that it resonates bad chills down my spine.. For me the warhead story was too farfetched, didn't like the Deadwater developments, and yet another attempt to dethrone Arthu Okay, I didn't totally hated this, but this had definitely less "panache" and "pizzaz" than the previous volume..True, we did get three stories, three bad guys: Warhead, the "return" of Deadwater (sorry, don't know him, must have missed the first encounter), and Rath's back as well ... But all stories were flawed in such a way that it resonates bad chills down my spine.. For me the warhead story was too farfetched, didn't like the Deadwater developments, and yet another attempt to dethrone Arthur... pfff when will you thing of something new and exciting, Dan?
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  • Justin Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    Quality dip on this one. No real unifying storyline, blah villains, and the last two chapters pretty much repeat what came in volumes 1 and 2. I didn't get a sense of forward progress here. Art was okay, a bit crowded at times. Hoping Aquaman bounces back in further volumes because this was one of my highlights of the DC Rebirth line.
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