Written By: Dan Abnett
Art, Color, and Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Lettering By: Steve Wands
Publisher: DC Comics
Aquaman Created By: Paul Norris
With Atlantis now rules by the evil tyrant Corum Rath, Arthur Curry, who is thought to be dead, is living amongst the Ninth Tride in an attempt to be a hero in secret. But he couldn’t remain in the shadows forever, now having gained a new ally in a young girl named Dolphin, his beloved and his old protege fighting to save him, and his once advisor vulko attempting to overthrow King Rath in Arthur’s name, what event remain to occur in this new monarchy? Let’s find out and see if it’s a good read too.
What You Missed:
With the current state of Atlantis, Arthur is an underground hero with the help of Dolphin, his beloved Mera has been exiled from Atlantis, and has gone to Garth, aka Tempest of the Titans and once protege/sidekick of Aquaman, to help in her efforts to return to Atlantis and find Arthur. Meanwhile Vulko, along with a partner sent to him by the Mother of the Silent School of Magic, are on a mission through the underground of the palace to retrieve magic that can help Arthur. Meanwhile a giant crab is on his way to inform King Rath that Arthur is alive. Now what happens next?
The issue begins with Dolphin trying to get Aquaman to rise up and take back his throne! Alas, he hits her with the undeniable truth. He was dethroned originally because of people genuinely not liking him as king. With him trying so hard to split his time between the surface and Atlantis, trying to force unity, when a good deal of Atlanteans did not want that. They wanted to just exist with a king who served them. So they got it in King Rath, but to the extreme. So Arthur says he’ll be a hero, but there’s really no reason for him to be king again.
Meanwhile with Mera and Garth, they are attacked by sorcerer’s of the silent school along with Garth’s old teacher. These men use old and once illegal Atlantean magic to trap the kingdom in a wall of thorns, which Mera and Garth are trying to break. Luckily for Mera though, the confrontation makes it so she doesn’t have to.
Rounding out the story we have Vulko and his new partner Odine attempting to continue their mission to gain access to the Royal treasury in an effort to gain magic and weapons to aid in their rebelion. There’s antics that insue with ghosts of dead royalty, which is kind of ruined when out of nowhere, one of the ghosts who up until this point only had the ability to not kill them when they heard their name, randomly has a personality and wants to hear about the world they left behind. It sort of killed the scary and intriging aspect of the story but its understood why it’s done.
Opinions and Such:
This issue is very solid. Not a lot occurs but in allot of ways it does build on the plot and even adds development for characters, Aquaman doesnt do much which sucks but when you see Garth face his past and the wacky antics with ghosts and then the surpise reveal at the end, which was purposely left out of the summary for your advantage, it ends up being a good story.
The art is still grand. Can we keep this guy on this book forever? He nails the ocean setting of Atlantis and fully is able to portray everything that occurs. The bubbles still are so well done as they show how water moves around the characters is just beautiful. So far the only other better Aquaman artists are Jim Lee, Brett Booth, and Yvel Guichet from the 2003 Aquaman series. Stjepan Sejic is constantly earning his praise each issue.