Aquaman, Volume 4
Former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands—and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. In a tale that echoes sci-fi and fantasy sagas of the past, this critically acclaimed graphic novel is already being hailed as one of the greatest Aquaman stories ever told. Collects AQUAMAN #25-30.

Aquaman, Volume 4 Details

TitleAquaman, Volume 4
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401275426
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Aquaman, Volume 4 Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Well least we're getting back on track. After a meh third volume Dan decided to step his game up, and add a new artist...an AMAZING artist! Stjepan Sejic comes in to give Aquaman a HUGE boost. Who else would be perfect for a underwater adventure? Stjepan Sejic that's who!!! So we have a new artist and a new setting. Aquaman last volume was stabbed and left for dead. He drifted into the down low area, the very dark and disgusting area, basically the ghetto in underwater world. He doesn't want to Well least we're getting back on track. After a meh third volume Dan decided to step his game up, and add a new artist...an AMAZING artist! Stjepan Sejic comes in to give Aquaman a HUGE boost. Who else would be perfect for a underwater adventure? Stjepan Sejic that's who!!! So we have a new artist and a new setting. Aquaman last volume was stabbed and left for dead. He drifted into the down low area, the very dark and disgusting area, basically the ghetto in underwater world. He doesn't want to be the king anymore but when he starts going around saving people word gets out that the king is BACK! The political themes are still here, the fights are still happening, and our heroes are in trouble. Is it better than previous volumes though? Good: The art. It's amazing. Seeing him draw the underwater areas plus the fights are stunning. The men are hot, the women are beautiful. Magic in the art here. The story is actually pretty good too. Much better than the last two volumes. Dan seems to want a faster paced, everything going wrong, type story. This is the best way to approach Aquaman for sure. Bad: The political plotlines are kind of meh. They try but add very little. Also some of the new villains in the downlow are just terrible. Their powers make no sense, especially under water. Overall this was a solid volume. The art greatly pushes this to the good area. If the story keeps up with the uprising storyline we might be in for a real treat. A 3.5 out of 5.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    What a turnaround!!!!World: Šejić is PERFECT for this series and brings a level of depth (pun intended) and weight to the world that was missing before. His characters are gorgeous and convey so much, his backgrounds are diverse but also well thought out and designed well (which this world desperately needed), the colors are also fantastic in it's diversity and grounding the story in the water. The world building is absolutely fantastic. So far Abnett has not done a great job at world building t What a turnaround!!!!World: Šejić is PERFECT for this series and brings a level of depth (pun intended) and weight to the world that was missing before. His characters are gorgeous and convey so much, his backgrounds are diverse but also well thought out and designed well (which this world desperately needed), the colors are also fantastic in it's diversity and grounding the story in the water. The world building is absolutely fantastic. So far Abnett has not done a great job at world building the series as it was way too choppy and inconsistent to create a unified and well thought out world for the story to play in. It wanted to be Game of Thrones underwater but the pieces were not presented and written well so it became a mess of a series. Here, with a steadier hand and an amazing artist to create the world through the visuals the world makes sense. Keep it simple, keep it in Atlantis but think it through from all the different Trides and places, the magic and the look of the world, the people and creatures. It's still not completely consistent and could do with a little bit more explaining and building (especially the mutations and their full effect on society) but this is a great great step back and huge leap forward for the series.Story: I hated what was happening before with the surface world and Black Manta and the stupid NEMO stuff. I wanted it to be set in the ocean and if even smaller set in Atlantis. Let his series build outwards before trying to take on too much. If there was going to be political intrigue Abnett needed to build all the factions well and then have them play their games. You can't play the game if the pieces are not set properly. Well all that changed with the last arc which pretty much stripped Arthur of everything and put a new villain on the thrown. I hated how it was handled but now with this new arc and the new status quo I am happy that crap had to happen. This story is much more contained, it's smaller, it's focused on Atlantis and just the people of Atlantis. It does not ask Arthur to be King again and let's the world be the main character, it's great! Read this book if you want to feel happy about Aquaman again, cause I want this to be the new status quo. I want them to slow build the world like this arc which doesn't rush to an ending. I want the small character moments like we got with Dolphin and Orin and Vulko and Ondine (those were just beautiful). I want this to be what Abnett is going to do with this book moving forward. Let Atlantis be Aquaman's Gotham or Metropolis, spend time developing this part in the story so this city matters. This arc is a great start...I hope.Characters: Stripping all the dead weight from Arthur is brilliant, Abnett has poorly written him into a corner and he didn't have the skills to write a good political drama so it's good we get essentially a reboot. This is great. I love the journey he goes through, I like how simple it is cause we need this. I love Dolphin who is beautifully realized because of the art, without Šejić's art she would not have emoted this well and been a disaster. I love Vulko and his machinations and his banter with Ondine they were beautiful. I love Mera and Garth and their interactions and the slow build of the characters and the story. I love that Abnett slowed down!I love this arc so much, this series went from a 1 star (gonna give up on it) to a 4 star read this time around. It's not perfect there are still some inconsistencies but if Abnett is going to keep it simple, slow it down, let Atlantis be Atlantis and forget the surface for a while (I hope at least a year in real time) than I am very much on board again.Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Koen
    January 1, 1970
    Yesyesyes, I liked this! :)Don't know what it was... yeah I do, the art.. ;) Fell in love for the art... Stayed for the tension ... Seeing Arthur getting back after being killed in the previous part... I'm content.. This was a good story, well told.. and definitely drawn ^^
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Dan Abnett's Aquaman run has been chugging along quite nicely, but it seems he's ready to kick things into high gear and leave the surface world behind for a story set almost entirely in Atlantis. With Arthur dethroned and dead, and Corum Rath on the throne, Atlantis is in disarray. But there are rumours in the Ninth Tride of a familiar face opposing Rath's rule...And on the surface, Mera will do anything to find her way back to Arthur - even turn to one of Arthur's old si [Read as single issues]Dan Abnett's Aquaman run has been chugging along quite nicely, but it seems he's ready to kick things into high gear and leave the surface world behind for a story set almost entirely in Atlantis. With Arthur dethroned and dead, and Corum Rath on the throne, Atlantis is in disarray. But there are rumours in the Ninth Tride of a familiar face opposing Rath's rule...And on the surface, Mera will do anything to find her way back to Arthur - even turn to one of Arthur's old sidekicks for aid.The politics that wracked the first 24 issues of this series take a very different turn now, as all of the different factions of Atlantis begin working against each other. The Widowhood, the Silent School, Rath himself, Vulko, the gangs of the Ninth Tride, and Aquaman himself (plus another familiar face in the Rebirth debut of Dolphin) are on top form, and the intrigue is balanced out with some excellent action scenes along the way too.Not only is the story elevated to a higher level here, but the artwork is absolutely phenomenal. Stjepan Sejic joins the series for these six issues, and it is a feast for your eyes. His character expressions are on a Kevin Maguire level, everyone is sleek and stylized nicely, and the fact that he colours his own work on top of all of this is just amazing. This is almost worth buying for the artwork alone to be honest.The first half of this mega-arc is superb. Aquaman's been pretty good so far, but this volume steps it up and then some.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Arthur is dead, and his bride queen totty thing stuck in the land of us air-breathers. In charge of Atlantis is a new baddy, with bad intentions. So bad, he's got a punky hair-do AND Braveheart make-up, and that can't be good. But lo and behold the Aquaman isn't dead, and so can come back and biff people up. Thus we get an exceedingly bog standard premise for this book – but way beyond the average in execution. The artwork is great, even if some of the swimming poses look stupid – really pleasin Arthur is dead, and his bride queen totty thing stuck in the land of us air-breathers. In charge of Atlantis is a new baddy, with bad intentions. So bad, he's got a punky hair-do AND Braveheart make-up, and that can't be good. But lo and behold the Aquaman isn't dead, and so can come back and biff people up. Thus we get an exceedingly bog standard premise for this book – but way beyond the average in execution. The artwork is great, even if some of the swimming poses look stupid – really pleasing layouts and design predominates. The script can be clunky – some is too expository, and Abnett won't use one term in his world-building when he can expand that to ten – but it's still a good read. In fact, with mutant collaborators, nasty religious Widows, this side and that side, you end up with a fantasy battle book that tests the confines of DC's approach to bursting – it's almost like it wants to leave the marque behind and be its own entity. Cameos from The Titans (well, one of them) is almost all that pins this in the DCU, but I liked the way the format was stretched here. It's a book to make me forget how naff Aquaman has been up to now, and while it's saying almost nothing to declare this the best Aquaman book ever, it says a lot to declare it really good. Some incredibly hokey new sound FX and injury vocalisations, however – but still four and a half stars.
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  • James Chan
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished a galley from DC.Dan Abnett is creating one of the best Aquaman runs in a long while. It's hard to write a compelling yarn about a hero that everyone knows talks to fish but under his pen, Arthur Curry is a hero and true king of the seas. Most of the action takes place in Atlantis this time around but the topics touched upon are definitely ripped from today's current political climate. I haven't read anything that Stjepan Śejić has drawn since his Witchblade days but his art is ver Just finished a galley from DC.Dan Abnett is creating one of the best Aquaman runs in a long while. It's hard to write a compelling yarn about a hero that everyone knows talks to fish but under his pen, Arthur Curry is a hero and true king of the seas. Most of the action takes place in Atlantis this time around but the topics touched upon are definitely ripped from today's current political climate. I haven't read anything that Stjepan Śejić has drawn since his Witchblade days but his art is very arresting. My only one criticism of the volume is the lack of word bubbles on some pages from some of this Galley. To come to a full page with blank word bubbles is very jarring and takes you out of the story.
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  • Shoaib
    January 1, 1970
    If you're like me, you thought the last 3 volumes were mediocre at best. I collected all the single issues and literally read this in one sitting over again. I am happy to say, THIS IS THE AQUAMAN STORY WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!
  • Michael Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    I read this volume just for Sejic’s art, but of course the story captivated me. I think I’ll be following the story for a few more issues — see what develops. I highly recommend! I️ read this volume just for Sejic’s art, but of course the story captivated me. I think I’ll be following the story for a few more issues — see what develops. I️ highly recommend!
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this and will be following this story line as it progresses. While the art is wonderful the plot and dialogue is even better.
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