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
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401275426
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Comic Book

Aquaman, Volume 4 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Aquaman's alive and taking lessons from Batman in helping from the shadows. I like seeing the different factions playing the game of thrones. If only the bad guys weren't so dumb and mustache twirly. The real star here is the art. How can we get Stjepan Šejić to draw every issue of Aquaman for the forseeable future.? His designs for Atlantis are fantastic. For the first time in a long time, Atlantis looks like a city that developed organically underwater. His facial expressions on his characters Aquaman's alive and taking lessons from Batman in helping from the shadows. I like seeing the different factions playing the game of thrones. If only the bad guys weren't so dumb and mustache twirly. The real star here is the art. How can we get Stjepan Šejić to draw every issue of Aquaman for the forseeable future.? His designs for Atlantis are fantastic. For the first time in a long time, Atlantis looks like a city that developed organically underwater. His facial expressions on his characters display so much emotion. He's able to display what Dolphin is thinking by the face she's making which is important since Dolphin is mute. I also dig how Aquaman uses schools of fish to hide his movements in a fight. Very clever.
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  • 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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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    All Hail The AQUAMAN!Arthur lives (no big surprise) but has taken refuge in the poorest district of Atlantis to help where he can and keep a low profile. He even goes so far as to state he's inspired by one of his (super) friends from the surface world and utilizes fear, mystique, intimidation...and the occasional school of mackerel...to deal with the undersea city's seedy underworld.Mera, meanwhile, believes Big A to be dead and is stranded outside the borders of Atlantis. She goes on her own j All Hail The AQUAMAN!Arthur lives (no big surprise) but has taken refuge in the poorest district of Atlantis to help where he can and keep a low profile. He even goes so far as to state he's inspired by one of his (super) friends from the surface world and utilizes fear, mystique, intimidation...and the occasional school of mackerel...to deal with the undersea city's seedy underworld.Mera, meanwhile, believes Big A to be dead and is stranded outside the borders of Atlantis. She goes on her own journey of resistance and reunification in the meantime.Lastly, a new character is introduced who has some prior fame in Aquaman lore. As she doesn't speak, my compliments to the art team for making her just as three-dimensional as the rest.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Not horrible, but a let-down after volumes 1 and 2. (Looking at other reviews of Vol. 4: Underworld I'm completely in the minority with this opinion. Yikes.) While the artwork was in a distinct new style the story-line - which, unlike the stories in previous books, took place 99% of the time in Atlantis - felt slower-paced and was not holding my interest. That one of the protagonists - Vulko(?) - occasionally reminded me of Comic Book Guy (in both appearance and attitude) from 'The Simpsons' did Not horrible, but a let-down after volumes 1 and 2. (Looking at other reviews of Vol. 4: Underworld I'm completely in the minority with this opinion. Yikes.) While the artwork was in a distinct new style the story-line - which, unlike the stories in previous books, took place 99% of the time in Atlantis - felt slower-paced and was not holding my interest. That one of the protagonists - Vulko(?) - occasionally reminded me of Comic Book Guy (in both appearance and attitude) from 'The Simpsons' did not help, either. I hope it was only a coincidence.
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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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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    Great story and interesting new direction with the art.
  • 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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  • Adam Spanos
    January 1, 1970
    Dan Abnett's run has been an absolute joy to read and now it has reached a new high. Aquaman, dethroned, has been forced to survive in the Atlantian underground and has become bitter to the people. Fed up with everyone blaming him and resisting his attempts to open up Atlantis to the world, he begrudgingly joins a growing resistance to take down King Rath. At the same time, Mera, his love, fights to try and find Arthur and reunite with him to take back Atlantis. The art is also absolutely fantas Dan Abnett's run has been an absolute joy to read and now it has reached a new high. Aquaman, dethroned, has been forced to survive in the Atlantian underground and has become bitter to the people. Fed up with everyone blaming him and resisting his attempts to open up Atlantis to the world, he begrudgingly joins a growing resistance to take down King Rath. At the same time, Mera, his love, fights to try and find Arthur and reunite with him to take back Atlantis. The art is also absolutely fantastic. Sejic on art is a perfect fit for Aquaman. Incredible detail and amazing facial expressions. I encourage everyone to also look up Sejic's other work and support him. BUY THIS! Buy Abnett's entire run. You will not regret it.
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  • Ivy M
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program. I haven't read a comic in ages, but this was a great journey back to a favorite childhood past time. I like the older super heroes and this was not a disappointment. The artwork was wonderful and the story line was very well thought out. Even though I had not read the books before, I was able to pick up the story and enjoy this book. I think that I will start reading comics again and particular this author. It is something I have missed I got this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program. I haven't read a comic in ages, but this was a great journey back to a favorite childhood past time. I like the older super heroes and this was not a disappointment. The artwork was wonderful and the story line was very well thought out. Even though I had not read the books before, I was able to pick up the story and enjoy this book. I think that I will start reading comics again and particular this author. It is something I have missed and didn't realize it until now.
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  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    A truly beautiful series of great comic book storytelling. I was really excited about this volume in the DC Rebirth Aquaman series. Writer Dan Abnett had spent the first three volumes putting Arthur aka Aquaman through the ringer in the first three volumes. The last volume of the series had me on the edge of my seat and I was utterly shocked that Arthur had lost his crown. This volume picks up a while after the events of Aquaman, Volume 3: Crown of Atlantis where we find Arthur has fell from gra A truly beautiful series of great comic book storytelling. I was really excited about this volume in the DC Rebirth Aquaman series. Writer Dan Abnett had spent the first three volumes putting Arthur aka Aquaman through the ringer in the first three volumes. The last volume of the series had me on the edge of my seat and I was utterly shocked that Arthur had lost his crown. This volume picks up a while after the events of Aquaman, Volume 3: Crown of Atlantis where we find Arthur has fell from grace and is hiding out in the seedy underworld of Atlantis. Atlantis now a bit of a police state ruled by the former Atlantean terrorist, Rath while the not so fortunate lower class people of the underworld live in fear of greedy crime lords. I have to say the biggest star of this book is the truly breathtaking artwork done by Stjepan Sejic. I have to say this is some of the most beautiful artwork in comics I have ever looked upon. There are times you forget about the words and just get lost in all the details of the world Sejic has created. This makes the book feel fresh from other Aquamam books i have ever read. I mean I loved Ivan Reis on the Aquaman series with Geoff Johns but this book looks like I am looking at oil paintings. But Abnett also shines here with his incredible writing. The characters are well defined and the dialogue is great also. To no surprise Aquaman is sporting his beard and surfer hair look just in time for the Justice League's take on the character. Aquaman has now become a freedom fighter and the stakes are about more than about a crown but what Atlantis will become to the surface world. Rath is trying to ensure his reign as the monarch of the seven seas and is going to some dangerous lengths to keep his power. Abnett also does a good job getting Mera back into action and I am looking forward to her role in the story. If you have not been reading Aquaman this is a great jumping on point for new readers. Like I mention it is definitely worth the look thanks to the great art. I put the art here in the same league as Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, Green Lanterns Vol. 4: The First Ring, Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One and Esad Ribic's work in the Jason Aaron Thor series. Just checkout Thor: God of Thunder, Volume 1: The God Butcher. Please give this volume a try you will not be disappointed .
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  • Dana Alma
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so impressed with Aquaman! He is finally taking center stage as a super hero. The power struggle to claim his throne leads Arthur down a new path. I thought the secondary characters gave depth to the story. Great action surrounds the rise and fall of Atlantis, and Arthur's journey. The art is gorgeous. Artist Stjepan Sejic adds a unique flair to the comic. There's something to discover on each page. Who knew there were mutants in Atlantis! I'm looking forward to what Abnett has in store for I'm so impressed with Aquaman! He is finally taking center stage as a super hero. The power struggle to claim his throne leads Arthur down a new path. I thought the secondary characters gave depth to the story. Great action surrounds the rise and fall of Atlantis, and Arthur's journey. The art is gorgeous. Artist Stjepan Sejic adds a unique flair to the comic. There's something to discover on each page. Who knew there were mutants in Atlantis! I'm looking forward to what Abnett has in store for Aquaman and the Underworld. A must read if you would like a learn about Aquaman or are a fan.
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this new Aquaman, he's always been one of my favourites, but now he's even better and Dan Abnett writes one mean story. I somehow missed Vol. 2 & 3 (being rectified right now). However, word of this unrest in Atlantis was mentioned even back in Vol. 1. Now we find Aquaman still deposed and a new tyrant on the throne. Great foreshadowing of who could possibly be the new ruler excites me. No super villains in this volume but King Shark does show his evil face and also has plans f I really like this new Aquaman, he's always been one of my favourites, but now he's even better and Dan Abnett writes one mean story. I somehow missed Vol. 2 & 3 (being rectified right now). However, word of this unrest in Atlantis was mentioned even back in Vol. 1. Now we find Aquaman still deposed and a new tyrant on the throne. Great foreshadowing of who could possibly be the new ruler excites me. No super villains in this volume but King Shark does show his evil face and also has plans for who should be next king.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    It's not entirely accurate to compare the political intrigue and intricate plotting to Game of Thrones, but its the most valid widely-understood metaphor, so we'll go with it. For the first 10 pages or so I kept waiting for it to turn blatantly SJW, thankfully it did not; rather DA just told a political tale without having to make it a forced metaphor for current politics - a breath of fresh air indeed.
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  • Brian Poole
    January 1, 1970
    Aquaman: Underworld takes one of DC’s most misunderstood characters in an exciting new direction.With Atlantis believing him dead, Aquaman hides out in one of the poorest, most obscure corners of the kingdom, trying to anonymously help the outcasts who live there. The terrorist Rath has seized the throne and imposed martial law, with designs to re-ignite hostilities with the surface world. Aquaman and the mute-but-powerful young woman Dolphin run afoul of local crime lord Krush and his minions. Aquaman: Underworld takes one of DC’s most misunderstood characters in an exciting new direction.With Atlantis believing him dead, Aquaman hides out in one of the poorest, most obscure corners of the kingdom, trying to anonymously help the outcasts who live there. The terrorist Rath has seized the throne and imposed martial law, with designs to re-ignite hostilities with the surface world. Aquaman and the mute-but-powerful young woman Dolphin run afoul of local crime lord Krush and his minions. Trapped outside Atlantis, Mera enlists the aid of Tempest to gain access to the city, falling into an unexpected predicament in the process. Various factions and free agents circle and maneuver for power, as a populist rebellion begins to rise up against the oppressive Rath. By arc’s end, Aquaman has embraced a new path to serve his people.For the past several years, DC has harbored ambitions of making its Aquaman series their take on Game of Thrones. Underworld is where that design finally comes together in a meaningful way. Writer Dan Abnett laid the groundwork in earlier Rebirth arcs that brought the story to this point, where he nails the tricky combination of political intrigue and personal drama. Abnett wisely jettisons the vestiges of typical superhero action that had held back earlier tales and sets most of the action beneath the sea. By zeroing in on what makes the book unique, Abnett has given it the voice and dramatic urgency it desperately needs.Abnett’s handling of the book’s star is quite deft. Arthur’s nobility and grit are on display, but Abnett gives him some realistic self-doubt and uncertainty about his place in the undersea kingdom. Pushing Arthur into uncharted territory, while exploring the oft-ignored strata of Atlantean society, gives this story a fresh, dynamic quality that’s welcome. Abnett looks to be brewing a potential Mera/Aquaman/Dolphin triangle, but one that’s based on both strong women appealing to different parts of Arthur’s personality. Abnett also deploys the large supporting cast, including the insane Rath, the treacherous Vulko and conflicted Murk, quite effectively, while crafting some intriguing new menaces. He uses elements from years of stories that had never really come together before in ways that infuse urgency and unpredictability into the narrative. Abnett is telling a grand saga here and this opening gambit is exactly the start it needs.Landing Stjepan Sejic as the artist for this arc was nothing short of a coup for DC. From the jump, Sejic brushes aside the more conventional superhero approach of prior arcs and spotlights his fantasy and horror bonafides, making Aquaman one of the most distinct books in DC’s current line-up. Sejic’s design work brings welcome variety to both the characters and settings, incorporating smart biodiversity into the various creatures Aquaman meets, while the backdrops pulse with life and movement, really making the most of the undersea setting. The drama and dynamism veritably sing in these pages, the sense of mood and dark fantasy suffusing the story in ways that enhance the power of the narrative. Sejic also gives a glamorous sheen to the key characters, enhancing the fantasy vibe and bringing the proceedings farther from their typical comic book roots. It’s unfortunate that Sejic seems only to have been onboard for this one arc, but if his successors can follow the template he’s chartered here, the book will remain a visual standout.Many readers may have been overlooking Aquaman before now. Underworld is an ideal jumping on point that will please long-time fans and possibly change the minds of some Aqua-skeptics.
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  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    That's how you do a Volume of Aquaman!Picking up from his apparent murder at the end of the last Volume, Corum Rath is now the King of Atlantis. Enacting a shield (called the Crown of Thorns) around Atlantis, Rath is acting more like a tyrant than a benevolent ruler. Jailing or killing hybrids, increasing military strength, Rath means to make Atlantis back to way it was hundreds of years ago. (If Rath had orange-ish skin or wispy hair, I'd make a strong comparison to another world leader who see That's how you do a Volume of Aquaman!Picking up from his apparent murder at the end of the last Volume, Corum Rath is now the King of Atlantis. Enacting a shield (called the Crown of Thorns) around Atlantis, Rath is acting more like a tyrant than a benevolent ruler. Jailing or killing hybrids, increasing military strength, Rath means to make Atlantis back to way it was hundreds of years ago. (If Rath had orange-ish skin or wispy hair, I'd make a strong comparison to another world leader who seems to be running his country back to several hundred years ago....) But... there are rumors of a vigilante running through the Underworld, helping others. A ghost wearing the gear of the dead king... an Aquaman...Yes, Arthur is alive and helping people in the way he does best. In the Ninth Tride (an area of Atlantis), Aquaman runs across a group of hybrid mutated Atlanteans who are being rounded up by military. Scattering the troops and leading one girl to safety, word begins to get back to the local crime lord that territory is being claimed under Aquaman's protection. Dolphin (the young hybrid with the power of bio-luminescence) takes Arthur to a resistance cell and word gets to Vulko, who contacts Mera to inform her of Arthur's not being dead.Mera rushes (first on her own, then with the help of Tempest) to the destroy the Crown of Thorns and eventually finds a way in. Using a slightly broken amulet, she falls ill quickly and ends up in the clutches of a warlord who wants Atlantis for himself.... King Shark!Vulko, who escapes from prison with the help of one of Sisters of the Silent School (who dislikes King Rath and wants to preserve Atlantis at all costs) ends up in the catacombs of the Armory, wanting to reclaim Aquaman's trident.The final scene sees Arthur, trident in hand yelling "Atlantis Uprising!" Battle is coming and the true King has returned. SO GOOD! High recommend.
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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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  • Joe Howe
    January 1, 1970
    On a very basic level, I'm not really a fan of Abnett's characterization of Aquaman, but this book...this book delivers. Abnett is admirably consistent in his characterization and does a lot to give it creedance by changing Aquaman's circumstances and challenges and demonstrating both Arthur's adaptability and his consistency. But, more importantly to me, it also delivers on every other promise of an Aquaman series:- terrible monsters- unhinged intrigue- cunning advisors and loyal friends- creat On a very basic level, I'm not really a fan of Abnett's characterization of Aquaman, but this book...this book delivers. Abnett is admirably consistent in his characterization and does a lot to give it creedance by changing Aquaman's circumstances and challenges and demonstrating both Arthur's adaptability and his consistency. But, more importantly to me, it also delivers on every other promise of an Aquaman series:- terrible monsters- unhinged intrigue- cunning advisors and loyal friends- creative uses of Aquaman's powers- stunning undersea and Atlantean vistas- various subversions of expectations and decent humor- Mera being greatFurther, it wrapped up these goods in a package with more than a hint of Dune to it and some fair resonance to current events (without making either overwhelming). Let's hope Abnett can continue this good work and that his Arthur comes to grow into a new character in his hands as well as a strong one.
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    This volume finds Aquaman an outcast and living in the underworld of Atlantis while Rath is the new King. For a short time he's almost like an "Atlantis Batman" as he's fighting crime from the shadows. Then we get into a fantasy type story with Vulko finding himself once more on Aquaman's side and an underground resistance forming to try to overthrow the new evil king. Mera looks up Tempest for help, and we see the introduction (re-introduction?) of Dolphin, who is one very attractive underwater This volume finds Aquaman an outcast and living in the underworld of Atlantis while Rath is the new King. For a short time he's almost like an "Atlantis Batman" as he's fighting crime from the shadows. Then we get into a fantasy type story with Vulko finding himself once more on Aquaman's side and an underground resistance forming to try to overthrow the new evil king. Mera looks up Tempest for help, and we see the introduction (re-introduction?) of Dolphin, who is one very attractive underwater mutant. The storyline tends to make the book more of a fantasy story than a superhero story, and the last time that was tried it started out strong but fizzled. However, so far this direction is working. The art is more of a fantasy style like something you'd see in "Sandman", and while it's very different than the previous artists, it also works well in the new storyline.So far I enjoy this new direction, so I'm looking forward to see where things go from here.
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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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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Different artist from the other three? I'm not sure how I feel about that, I still enjoyed it but I could tell that the story had a different feel to it. Reguardless of that the story was awesome. I was left with so many questions, like what is gonna happen next with Mera? Who will be the next monarch with Aquaman taking on the mantle of Hero rather than King? Will the Justice League or Teen Titans get involved and help? I really look forward to the next volume. This was the best story yet!!
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  • Am Gill
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first exposure to Abnett's writing, Sejic's art, and Aquaman in general. I was pleased to say that all three elements were quite good. Abnett's script was easy to get into as I had not read any of the prior volumes in the series. The real star here is Sejic's art. Wonderfully fluid and detailed, it suited the series perfectly. His character work was jaw dropping in places, although noticeably rougher in the last two issues. Overall, a very pleasant read
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  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    Really fun entry in this series, the new characters (dolphin), the scene with Vulko and the spectres in the treasury, Arthur's realisation that deep down he's still a hero (i.e. a person just trying to do the right thing) was a poignant moment in the plot. And Dolphin got him there all without speaking a single word.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    Mera learns that Arthur is still alive and seeks for ways through the magic that is protecting Atlantis to reach him, enlisting Garth in her endeavors. Arthur is posing as a vigilante in the Ninth Wave who gets caught up in the Atlantis Uprising movement. Plenty of ends to tie up in the next volume. The question, who will pay for all the problems everyone is creating?
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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!!!!
  • Nate
    January 1, 1970
    Stjepan Sejic is an interesting and evocative artist who feels right at home letting his freak flag fly in Atlantis. All but four or five pages in this collection take place underwater and there is a lot of fantasy world building that pays off as the story progresses.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Nice change of pace for me. Excellent illustrations. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads Program for this giveaway.
  • Althea
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me pump my fist in the air and yell "YEAH!" repeatedly.
  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    Very strong volume. The art of Stjepan Sejic is absolutely incredible.
  • John Funderburg
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome, epic, gorgeous art. This is absolutely the best of the Aquaman Rebirth books so far - loved it!
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