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Aquaman's exile may finally be resolved, but it's going to take more than a return to Atlantis for his constituency to trust him again. It's not going to be easy. Meanwhile, a lethal enemy can reach anyone through even a drop of water and is out for the kill. Dead Water seems nearly unstoppable, and Aquaman is going to need some help. But who could help with this kind of j Aquaman's exile may finally be resolved, but it's going to take more than a return to Atlantis for his constituency to trust him again. It's not going to be easy. Meanwhile, a lethal enemy can reach anyone through even a drop of water and is out for the kill. Dead Water seems nearly unstoppable, and Aquaman is going to need some help. But who could help with this kind of job? Sounds like a good time for Aquawoman! Collecting: Aquaman 48-53


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Aquaman's exile may finally be resolved, but it's going to take more than a return to Atlantis for his constituency to trust him again. It's not going to be easy. Meanwhile, a lethal enemy can reach anyone through even a drop of water and is out for the kill. Dead Water seems nearly unstoppable, and Aquaman is going to need some help. But who could help with this kind of j Aquaman's exile may finally be resolved, but it's going to take more than a return to Atlantis for his constituency to trust him again. It's not going to be easy. Meanwhile, a lethal enemy can reach anyone through even a drop of water and is out for the kill. Dead Water seems nearly unstoppable, and Aquaman is going to need some help. But who could help with this kind of job? Sounds like a good time for Aquawoman! Collecting: Aquaman 48-53

30 review for Aquaman, Volume 8: Out of Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 77% | Good Notes: A bubblegum sitcom: scaled-down and shallow. It hooks with humor, stems the tide and floats with jokes and action.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars A HUGE improvement over the last volume in both the visuals and the storytelling, but the title still isn't back up to where it was when Johns was writing. But. Abnett's Aquaman is something I can live with. The action-y plot stuff wasn't all that great to me. Some giant weird monster-person who is somehow connected to one of Arthur's main rogues does rampage-y stuff, and Aquaman and Mera have to investigate and save the day, all while fighting prejudice on both land and sea. Wash. Rinse. 3.5 stars A HUGE improvement over the last volume in both the visuals and the storytelling, but the title still isn't back up to where it was when Johns was writing. But. Abnett's Aquaman is something I can live with. The action-y plot stuff wasn't all that great to me. Some giant weird monster-person who is somehow connected to one of Arthur's main rogues does rampage-y stuff, and Aquaman and Mera have to investigate and save the day, all while fighting prejudice on both land and sea. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. However, Abnett does a great job with the small stuff. Mera and Arthur's relationship, the day at the carnival with the other Atlanteans, Mera's press conference, etc. The characters get the love and care they deserve, and I'd rather have that than a big, splashy action sequence. <--I can't believe I'm saying that because if anyone likes the over the top action & explosions...it's me. But this had a pretty good mixture of humor and sweetness. So, yeah. That mostly made the generic monster plot palatable to me. Milage may vary depending on how much of an Aquafan you are at heart, though. Overall, this got me interested in getting back on the Aquatrain. <--you'd think I'd stop with the puns, but no, I'm nothing if not ridiculous Recommended to all the other Aquatards out there!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    After the horrible stinkers the previous two volumes ended up being, this is a breath of fresh air and I'm adding a star just for turning this story around and giving it a decent ending/beginning. I enjoy the tension between the ocean world and the land dwelling world and the pull Arther feels for both of them. He's a always in a place of tension. It simply makes a good story I feel. I love Mera. She is awesome and such a great character. I enjoy the art in this. I am glad I read these Aquaman s After the horrible stinkers the previous two volumes ended up being, this is a breath of fresh air and I'm adding a star just for turning this story around and giving it a decent ending/beginning. I enjoy the tension between the ocean world and the land dwelling world and the pull Arther feels for both of them. He's a always in a place of tension. It simply makes a good story I feel. I love Mera. She is awesome and such a great character. I enjoy the art in this. I am glad I read these Aquaman stories. They were worth the time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    And so what started out as New 52 Aquaman ends with not-New 52 labelled (but we’ll keep the numbering)-not-yet-Rebirth-Aquaman with Volume 8: Out of Darkness. Does Dan Abnett do any better than the quickly dismissed Cullen Bunn? Nope! This book is so missable. Everything about the villain in this book is half-assed: it’s a fish monster called Dead Water. Oh, the imagination! Dead Water’s killing people because Abnett needed to fill pages and Aquaman’s gotta punch something! Can we say “Contrived And so what started out as New 52 Aquaman ends with not-New 52 labelled (but we’ll keep the numbering)-not-yet-Rebirth-Aquaman with Volume 8: Out of Darkness. Does Dan Abnett do any better than the quickly dismissed Cullen Bunn? Nope! This book is so missable. Everything about the villain in this book is half-assed: it’s a fish monster called Dead Water. Oh, the imagination! Dead Water’s killing people because Abnett needed to fill pages and Aquaman’s gotta punch something! Can we say “Contrived Villain of the Week”? Aquaman sets up Spindrift Station, Atlantis’ surface world embassy, which we see in the first Rebirth book so this is connected to that. But you really don’t need to read this to follow the events of Aquaman Rebirth, making this volume even more redundant. Mera decides to dress up like Aquaman and call herself Aquawoman (Dan Abnett once again proving to be Mr Imagination) but that bad idea thankfully didn’t make it to Rebirth. Throw in some unfunny Jaws jokes, mediocre art, and the crummy first issue of Aquaman Rebirth and you’ve got a beached whale of a finale to a title that started so promisingly. Out of Darkness is a total waste of time even by Aquaman standards!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A nice change after Cullen Bunn's terrible run on the book. Aquaman has decided to create an embassy in the U.S. and wants Mera to run it. At the same time, there's this monster, Dead Water, who's appearing all over the country out of any water source and killing people. I liked this story much more once Dead Water was humanized. The Good: I love the first issue where Arthur takes Mera, Tula, and Garth to the local fair in Amnesty Bay. There's a lot of fantastic character moments here. The Bad: Da A nice change after Cullen Bunn's terrible run on the book. Aquaman has decided to create an embassy in the U.S. and wants Mera to run it. At the same time, there's this monster, Dead Water, who's appearing all over the country out of any water source and killing people. I liked this story much more once Dead Water was humanized. The Good: I love the first issue where Arthur takes Mera, Tula, and Garth to the local fair in Amnesty Bay. There's a lot of fantastic character moments here. The Bad: Dan Abnett sets up this wonderful new direction for Aquaman and then immediately tears most of it down during Rebirth. I don't get it. The Ugly: Deep Water started off really hokey until they capture him. Then he begins to get interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Dan Abnett really gets Aquaman, and I thoroughly enjoyed the quest to uncover the secrets of Dead Water as well as the origin story to Rebirth's Spindrift Station. ALSO, this totally happens. It's out there now. In the world. It happened. Dan Abnett really gets Aquaman, and I thoroughly enjoyed the quest to uncover the secrets of Dead Water as well as the origin story to Rebirth's Spindrift Station. ALSO, this totally happens. It's out there now. In the world. It happened.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This is the last volume before Aquaman Rebirth began. It's funny because I read volume 1-2 of Rebirth before any of new52 run. Honestly after Johns run this series went downhill pretty fast. Even at it's best it was a shell of it's old self. Aquaman just doesn't seem to evolve or change much through the series and this book, while pushing some world moments, doesn't help improve the character after the first issue. What I liked: The first issue was nice and refreshing. Aquaman taking his friends This is the last volume before Aquaman Rebirth began. It's funny because I read volume 1-2 of Rebirth before any of new52 run. Honestly after Johns run this series went downhill pretty fast. Even at it's best it was a shell of it's old self. Aquaman just doesn't seem to evolve or change much through the series and this book, while pushing some world moments, doesn't help improve the character after the first issue. What I liked: The first issue was nice and refreshing. Aquaman taking his friends out of water to help them learn how to live like a human. You can't hate something or be scared of something if you understand it. Least Arthur thinks so and I tend to agree. It starts off interesting and fun and then a creature begins killing people and that's also pretty entertaining at first. Then... What I didn't like: The story dissolves into a boring cliche of comicbook flare with the big bad being a monster who was created by...you guessed it...us! Because he is Dark Water! A human turned into monster hunting down humans. Booooooring would be the best word to describe this one. Also the art was uninspiring and even the first two rebirth volumes follow that issue. Not bad but boring. I'm kind of glad I read Rebirth first because If I read this I might not have been interested enough to try Rebirth (which I'm liking more than this) so for that this gets a 2 to a 2.5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume, the final in this series, brought things back up to the level of the first few volumes as far as quality of story and art. Aquaman is attempting to establish formal diplomatic relations with the surface world, complete with an official embassy on land. He appoints Mera the ambassador, and she becomes Aquawoman in order to form stronger ties with the surface. (And seeing her in that costume is probably the best thing about this volume, wowza.) The subplot deals with a monstrous serial This volume, the final in this series, brought things back up to the level of the first few volumes as far as quality of story and art. Aquaman is attempting to establish formal diplomatic relations with the surface world, complete with an official embassy on land. He appoints Mera the ambassador, and she becomes Aquawoman in order to form stronger ties with the surface. (And seeing her in that costume is probably the best thing about this volume, wowza.) The subplot deals with a monstrous serial killer who is able to teleport through water. We find out this creature has ties with the villain, The Scavenger. It's not as complex a story as the last volume, but to me was much stronger. Dan Abnett did the writing, and if I hadn't known that before hand I'd have though Brian Michael Bendis wrote it because of the dialogue. The art was strong was well, and exceptionally sexy. Mera and Tula never looked hotter, and Aquaman was never more heroic. This leads into the Aquaman: Rebirth series, so I hope the quality of that series is as great as this volume.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Dan Abnett takes over Arthur Curry's adventures are a less-than-well-received arc by Cullen Bunn, pitting Aquaman up against the menace of Dead Water, as well as something even worse...politics. The idea of Dead Water is really interesting, and I think he's set up really well. Aquaman has a few iconic foes, and I'd rank Dead Water up there with some of them - if we see him again, anyway. The other plotlines aren't quite as fun, especially Abnett's 'Mera should be Aquawoman' [Read as single issues] Dan Abnett takes over Arthur Curry's adventures are a less-than-well-received arc by Cullen Bunn, pitting Aquaman up against the menace of Dead Water, as well as something even worse...politics. The idea of Dead Water is really interesting, and I think he's set up really well. Aquaman has a few iconic foes, and I'd rank Dead Water up there with some of them - if we see him again, anyway. The other plotlines aren't quite as fun, especially Abnett's 'Mera should be Aquawoman' which even he realised was stupid by the time his first Rebirth arc came around, because that got quickly back-pedalled. Vicente Cifuentes continues his pencilling from the Bunn era, and Brett Booth shows up for some of the fun too, so it's got solid visuals too. There are some good seeds laid for Rebirth here, like Spindrift Station and some of the recurring characters, but it's presented as a useful but not essential primer. If you've read everything else in this series, this final volume's a fun ending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Wow this is great! I've been really dreading the Bunn version of Aquaman, it's been trying too hard to be badass and the end result is just a murky dark boring book, with the change in creative team that will lead Arthur Rebirth and beyond I was intrigued. World: The art is good, it's bright, it's colorful and full of character, this book is wonderful to look at. The world building here is also absolutely wonderful, not only for Arthur but for his part of the world and how it fits in with the rest Wow this is great! I've been really dreading the Bunn version of Aquaman, it's been trying too hard to be badass and the end result is just a murky dark boring book, with the change in creative team that will lead Arthur Rebirth and beyond I was intrigued. World: The art is good, it's bright, it's colorful and full of character, this book is wonderful to look at. The world building here is also absolutely wonderful, not only for Arthur but for his part of the world and how it fits in with the rest of the DCU. The first issue with this new creative team at the carnival won me over immediately as it not only builds the world wonderfully but was a great big breath of positive energy and character world building that the world was missing since the 2 creative team changes. Good stuff. Story: The story was great, it was light when it needed to be, dark when it required it and paced wonderfully well. The end was expected and that part did feel like it lacked creativity but overall it was a well written and well told comic book story. The tone was good giving the book a lighter and more fun tone to it which made for a different reading experience to the Bunn stuff. The characters were also so much more fun. I'm using fun a lot and that's what I got out of this story, adventure and fun. Characters: This is more in line with Johns' take on Arthur and it was good because that take won me over again to Aquaman. From 2000s badass Aquaman to the New52 Aquaman DC has been trying to make him not into a joke and for the most part succeeded with the New 52. However this newer even lighter take makes him more human and I really like that about this new creative team, he's fun. The people surrounding him are also great, they are literally fish out of water and it gives great character moments and story and personal voice. The villain was a bit meh but that was the only grip that I had with this first arc for the new creative team. I liked this new take and change in tone a lot, I really did not like where the book went the last couple of issues with Bunn and it's a great thing to see this turnaround. I read the individual issues. Onward to the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. When I received this book at Christmas, I was excited to get it. As a huge fan of Aquaman, I always want to read the next book that comes out. Sure, I was sad this would be the final issue of the New 52 series before the Rebirth relaunch, but I figured our hero would go out with a BANG! The story here is about how Aquaman wants to show surface dwellers that the Atlanteans are humans too. He sends Mera off to be the ambassador to the rest of the world and starts Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. When I received this book at Christmas, I was excited to get it. As a huge fan of Aquaman, I always want to read the next book that comes out. Sure, I was sad this would be the final issue of the New 52 series before the Rebirth relaunch, but I figured our hero would go out with a BANG! The story here is about how Aquaman wants to show surface dwellers that the Atlanteans are humans too. He sends Mera off to be the ambassador to the rest of the world and starts using “Spindrift Station” to allow the surface people and Atlantis to interact with one another. There is stuff other than politics going on though. The villain here is this horrible serial killer named Dead Water, who can teleport through water. With ties to other villains, Dead Water gives Arthur a good battle, which is fun to watch. Overall, I liked this final New 52 Aquaman story. It wasn’t quite as good as Vol. 7 though. Don’t get me wrong, this book was still fun to read. I just think the writer ran out of ideas. I mean, there were some good ideas her, just not enough of them. As for the art, it was really good. Loved it. Aquaman is a great character, and he deserves great artwork, which he got in this final volume. Aquaman, Volume 8: Out of Darkness might not have done anything amazing or unexpected, but it is a fun read and a good ending for the New 52 Aquaman. Hopefully, more people will pick this run up and learn to love it and the character, because Arthur Curry is one amazing hero. Well, I hope you liked this review, and friend me any time to talk about my reviews or comic books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    The last book in the series was fun enough but ended abruptly. MY GRADE: B.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    After Cullen Bunn's... unpleasant diversion on Aquaman, this book is a refreshing return to form. Dan Abnett capitalizes on the Aquaman/Mera relationship and starts setting up for Rebirth. There's a larger-than-usual amount of humor in this abbreviated volume (only four issues rather than the normal six), some of it a little weird (there's a pair of FBI agents that are played almost exclusively for laughs). But at the same time, there's a new threat introduced, Dead Water, who makes for an inter After Cullen Bunn's... unpleasant diversion on Aquaman, this book is a refreshing return to form. Dan Abnett capitalizes on the Aquaman/Mera relationship and starts setting up for Rebirth. There's a larger-than-usual amount of humor in this abbreviated volume (only four issues rather than the normal six), some of it a little weird (there's a pair of FBI agents that are played almost exclusively for laughs). But at the same time, there's a new threat introduced, Dead Water, who makes for an interesting villain-of-the-arc, with surprising depth and a fitting resolution. But around that story is Aquaman trying to step up to his role as King, although more in a diplomatic way than a leadership way. The art style has returned to its previous vivid lively style, which works well for the title. This is an above-average volume that gets additional lift just by virtue of being significantly improved on the previous volume, even if its sights are set fairly low overall.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    The New 52 Aquaman man series comes to an end with high hopes for the future of Atlantis. I like to point out that there is a misprint concerning the author of this book. Dan Abnett is taking over the writing duties for these last issues of Aquaman before we head into DC Rebirth. Dan Abnett definitely has a good grasp of how a Aquaman book should work. Arthur Curry aka Aquaman will always be a man of two worlds. These theme is express incredibly well in this story as Aquaman is confronted by a m The New 52 Aquaman man series comes to an end with high hopes for the future of Atlantis. I like to point out that there is a misprint concerning the author of this book. Dan Abnett is taking over the writing duties for these last issues of Aquaman before we head into DC Rebirth. Dan Abnett definitely has a good grasp of how a Aquaman book should work. Arthur Curry aka Aquaman will always be a man of two worlds. These theme is express incredibly well in this story as Aquaman is confronted by a mystery that spells the doom for his plans for Atlantis to build a peaceful coexistence with the surface world. Dan Abnett has placed Mera perfectly back into the spotlight as we move closer to her inevitable marriage to Arthur. This should make fans of this side of the DC Comics Universe happy. I have always felt that Aquaman & Mera aka Aquawoman's marriage was one of the most beautiful relationships in comics. Abnett balances their relationship well by not always giving us mushy moments but its the banter between the two characters that is truly enjoyable. The plot here is simple but the way it is handle is flawless. Basically there is a flesh eating sea creature that can teleport from any H2O area going on a killing spree. Aquaman is sought out by the FBI to assist in locating and stopping this creature. Aquaman does not hesitate to act in hopes of stave off the surface world's fear of the Atlantean people. The artwork is pretty good and the colors are great. This was just a very entertaining comic book. The Aquaman Rebirth issue was well done as well and really perfectly sets up the events to come in the Aquaman mythos. I am always surprise how well Aquaman has done as a series for DC Comics. This is all due to the great writers and artist that have been on the series. It the DC films can give us half of the world we see here in the comics and toss in a little of the Aquaman from the Justice League animated series the Aquaman film could be something truly special. I feel this character deserves the spotlight. After all Aquaman is responsible for most of the world we do not see. The ocean has always been a mystery and in this comic book we explore not only its beauty but its unseen dangers. Anybody interested in reading more Aquaman should read in order: Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench, Aquaman, Volume 2: The Others, Aquaman, Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman, Volume 5: Sea of Storms, Aquaman, Vol. 6: Maelstrom, & Aquaman: Sub Diego. If you have enjoyed this book read other grapics by Dan Abnett:Titans Hunt, Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning Omnibus,and Realm of Kings.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    More like 2.5 stars. I understand that these issues probably felt a bit rushed because, well, they were. This collection wraps up the final issues in DC's new 52 relaunch from 2011 to make way for a new relaunch called Rebirth. To be quite honest, DC's rebirth relaunch is the reason I stopped buying comics and started simply reading them elsewhere. But that's a rant for another time and place. This collection was good. I loved that Aquaman actually acted in character here. Mera was great, too! I More like 2.5 stars. I understand that these issues probably felt a bit rushed because, well, they were. This collection wraps up the final issues in DC's new 52 relaunch from 2011 to make way for a new relaunch called Rebirth. To be quite honest, DC's rebirth relaunch is the reason I stopped buying comics and started simply reading them elsewhere. But that's a rant for another time and place. This collection was good. I loved that Aquaman actually acted in character here. Mera was great, too! I loved the direction her character went and it's great to see her having humor and wit. I wish that this wasn't the end of this series because I would love to read more about the Atlantean base and I'm so curious to see Aquaman and Mera try to bridge the tensions between the two worlds. Unfortunately, that won't happen because rebirth relaunch *grumble grumble*. Still, this plot was miles better than the last collection. The art was good, too. I didn't like the art as much as a I did for the first few volumes, but, again, the art here was much better than vol 7. Overall, this was a decent end to a decent run of Aquaman. I will be reading the new 52 Aquaman and the Others series. I want to read the relaunched/rebirth Aquaman, as well. I just hope they don't rehash these same storylines in the new series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    This Volume, the last before Rebirth, wraps up this run of Aquaman with action AND story to take them into the next phase. Now that Arthur has been restored as King of Atlantis, he decides that communication between the surface world and Atlantis must be grown. Sponsored by the US and UN, the first dry land Atlantis Embassy is built. Enter your new Ambassador: Aquawoman! Mera, switching her costume to match the gold and green of Aquaman (and looking super hot!), is embraced by the surface world This Volume, the last before Rebirth, wraps up this run of Aquaman with action AND story to take them into the next phase. Now that Arthur has been restored as King of Atlantis, he decides that communication between the surface world and Atlantis must be grown. Sponsored by the US and UN, the first dry land Atlantis Embassy is built. Enter your new Ambassador: Aquawoman! Mera, switching her costume to match the gold and green of Aquaman (and looking super hot!), is embraced by the surface world and provides an excellent forum for communication and cooperation to go smoothly. But another threat is on the way! Dark Water, a lizard/serpent like creature who comes from a type of water Arthur has never experienced, seems to be killing random people. He is revealed to be a human, converted to beast in the strange water, whose strength comes from the hurts in his life. There are some very good fights, and unfortunately, his life must be ended to save the world. All seems well for our couple, but what does Rebirth hold for them? Recommend. As far as the full run? The early stuff is better, but Aquaman is never a bad book. Series recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    Was Dan Abnett carrying the weight when he was a part of Abnett and Lanning, or did he need Lanning to balance him out? This trade is evidence for the latter. I can't say I hated this book, but it was just so damn corny. The dialogue is very dated, making it feel like a late 80s, early 90s book. the characterization of Mera is way off, she has become the stay at home (atlantis) housewife. The fact that she becomes Aquawoman makes it even worse. I don't understand. I think I have enjoyed books by Was Dan Abnett carrying the weight when he was a part of Abnett and Lanning, or did he need Lanning to balance him out? This trade is evidence for the latter. I can't say I hated this book, but it was just so damn corny. The dialogue is very dated, making it feel like a late 80s, early 90s book. the characterization of Mera is way off, she has become the stay at home (atlantis) housewife. The fact that she becomes Aquawoman makes it even worse. I don't understand. I think I have enjoyed books by just Lanning. I just expected more from him, on this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Finally! Aquaman returns to being awesome once again. Furthermore, Mera embracing the Aquawoman mantra and the new costume made this a shear delight to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul Porry

    Aquaman had a Strong run during the New 52, and continues very well in Rebirth.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert Rentzsch

    This was an improvement from the previous volume. It was nice getting to enjoy decent artwork again. Which for me personally was the most disturbing flaw of "Exiled", if I had to single one out. As far as the story goes it was all right, but it wasn't particularly memorable, and certainly not as exciting as the run of Geoff Johns or Jeff Parker's "Maelstrom". Also it was fairly short. However, I'm surely curious about Dan Abnett's "Rebirth" series, which I'll be reading next. One of the highligh This was an improvement from the previous volume. It was nice getting to enjoy decent artwork again. Which for me personally was the most disturbing flaw of "Exiled", if I had to single one out. As far as the story goes it was all right, but it wasn't particularly memorable, and certainly not as exciting as the run of Geoff Johns or Jeff Parker's "Maelstrom". Also it was fairly short. However, I'm surely curious about Dan Abnett's "Rebirth" series, which I'll be reading next. One of the highlights he implemented in this volume was the humor, which created amusing dynamics between Arthur, Mera and their confidants.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pratip Vijayakumar

    I loved this issue for two reasons. One being Aquaman is shown to be a grim and morally right Superhero and the Second being it is Metaphorically talks about a man who entered into the darkest part of his soul. His anger ate him and he became a Monster which was brilliantly written by Dan Abnett. It is a really interesting experiment to make with Aquaman in the forefront.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarospice

    The best part of this trade is that it sets up Mera as Aquawoman and the Atlantian Embassy. I didn't even mind one note villain Dead Water... but the art is an eyesore! The best part of this trade is that it sets up Mera as Aquawoman and the Atlantian Embassy. I didn't even mind one note villain Dead Water... but the art is an eyesore!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Blair

    I love Aquaman best when he's fun. The past few volumes of New 52 Aquaman have been pretty serious and a little dark, but this final book in the New 52 series recaptured the humor and fun that drew me in on Vol. 1. Aquaman -- and Aquawoman!!! -- still fight a big bad and try to navigate the divide between Earth and Atlantis, like they have been through the whole series, but in this one, they do it with warmth and humor, which has been a bit lacking in recent volumes. I'm looking forward to carry I love Aquaman best when he's fun. The past few volumes of New 52 Aquaman have been pretty serious and a little dark, but this final book in the New 52 series recaptured the humor and fun that drew me in on Vol. 1. Aquaman -- and Aquawoman!!! -- still fight a big bad and try to navigate the divide between Earth and Atlantis, like they have been through the whole series, but in this one, they do it with warmth and humor, which has been a bit lacking in recent volumes. I'm looking forward to carrying on with Aquaman's adventures in Rebirth.

  24. 4 out of 5

    John

    Such a misunderstood superhero.Not only is Arthur Curry a dynamic character he is also a lot tougher then given credit for.In this one he sets his sights on the creature known as Dead Water.Who has the ability to strike from a single drop of water.Real good action in this one. All in all it was a pleasure to read The New 52 Aquaman.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    While not quite as compelling as this series as a whole, still a solid end to this New 52 run. Mera is a little more subdued personality wise, but she is still very much a central and important character alongside Arthur. I thought the banter between the two cops was good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    This volume was better than some of the previous ones - but it still doesn't have the magic that the first few books had. Looking forward to seeing where Aquaman goes in Rebirth. This volume was better than some of the previous ones - but it still doesn't have the magic that the first few books had. Looking forward to seeing where Aquaman goes in Rebirth.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    4.5 I feel like some stuff got dropped in Rebirth like hey what's this Dark Water. But overall, strong adventure with great Mera moments. 4.5 I feel like some stuff got dropped in Rebirth like hey what's this Dark Water. But overall, strong adventure with great Mera moments.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

    Better than the awful last volume, but feels low stakes and juvenile. I could not put my finger on it, but it felt like reading a script from a dumbed down cartoon episode.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Mcginnis

    Dan Abnett was definitely a great choice for Aquaman. It has a blend of seriousness and comedy that flows perfectly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    After a few volumes that were pretty... uneven, this volume tightens things up with a small, concise story that focuses not only the plot, but the world of Aquaman. In 4 issues, it deals with a lot. A new villain, Aquaman's relationship, the cultural exchange situation between Atlantis and the "surface world" and few other small plot points. I think it works better because it is more focused. I think the past few volumes stretched themselves a bit to then, but by giving Aquaman a goal, its simpl After a few volumes that were pretty... uneven, this volume tightens things up with a small, concise story that focuses not only the plot, but the world of Aquaman. In 4 issues, it deals with a lot. A new villain, Aquaman's relationship, the cultural exchange situation between Atlantis and the "surface world" and few other small plot points. I think it works better because it is more focused. I think the past few volumes stretched themselves a bit to then, but by giving Aquaman a goal, its simply writing the method in which he achieves it. I'm not huge fan of the art, as for most of the volume looks like, well the way I describe it is 90's style art. Some of it is ok, some of it seems rushed. The last issue is handled by a different artist, and I think its much better. Check this out if you like Aquaman, its certainly not a closer (to the new 52), but its not a bad book at all.

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