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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 crit 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.


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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 crit 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.

30 review for Aquaman, Volume 4: Underworld

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was maybe the best volume I've read since Geoff Johns stopped writing Aquaman, but it was the art that just pushed it into the 5 star territory for me. There was just all kinds of wow happening for my eyeballs while I was reading Underworld. Look at it! Just LOOK at it! Stjepan Šejić is my new favorite illustrator. I just...this guy is my cuppa. And you know what else I liked? The carpet matched the drapes, so to speak. This is the cover: This is the scene from the comic panels: This is v This was maybe the best volume I've read since Geoff Johns stopped writing Aquaman, but it was the art that just pushed it into the 5 star territory for me. There was just all kinds of wow happening for my eyeballs while I was reading Underworld. Look at it! Just LOOK at it! Stjepan Šejić is my new favorite illustrator. I just...this guy is my cuppa. And you know what else I liked? The carpet matched the drapes, so to speak. This is the cover: This is the scene from the comic panels: This is visually stunning, am I right?! <--Yes. Yes, I am! And guess who shows up? Well, you probably already know because the blurb tells you, but I'm going to say it in shouty all-caps anyway...DOLPHIN! But beyond the art, I really liked this whole storyline. Mera and Arthur have been seperated by a magical artifact and Mera thinks Arthur is dead. But when she finds out he not? She pulls out the big guns to go rescue her man! Garth (Aqualad) is just awesome in this and I can't wait to read more with him in it! And Dolphin's mutation/powers are pretty cool, too. She's got this bioluminescent zappy-thing happening and it's really, really exciting stuff! To me, anyway. Ok, I know I used too many exclamation points and that maybe this was less a review and more just incoherent fangirling, but I can't help it! This is the most excited I've been over an Aquaman comic in a looooong time. Recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Swaroop

    Nice artwork and wonderful storyline! Nice artwork and wonderful storyline!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    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*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Wow, this was really a big step up! Not only did Abnett turn the Aquaman series into what it always should've been: an underwater Game of Thrones, but the art by the inimitable Stjepan Sejic was spectacular, where every page was a joy to look at, and turned a 4-star volume into a 5-star one. He's up there with Joelle Jones, Jason Fabok, and Ivan Reis as some of my favorite superhero artists working today. After the last volume, Arthur Curry has been removed from the throne, stabbed in the back, a Wow, this was really a big step up! Not only did Abnett turn the Aquaman series into what it always should've been: an underwater Game of Thrones, but the art by the inimitable Stjepan Sejic was spectacular, where every page was a joy to look at, and turned a 4-star volume into a 5-star one. He's up there with Joelle Jones, Jason Fabok, and Ivan Reis as some of my favorite superhero artists working today. After the last volume, Arthur Curry has been removed from the throne, stabbed in the back, and believed dead, replaced by former Deluge terrorist Corum Rath, who has placed Atlantis under a version of martial law, covering it with the magical Crown of Throwns. But the rumors of the former king's death might have been greatly exaggerated, because there are whisperings in the slums of Atlantis, talk of a vigilante in the shadows, a man inspiring revolution, a man known only as "the Aquaman." What a freaking awesome direction for this series to go in! And what a cool way to give a reason to reintroduce Arthur's beard and long hair just in time for Jason Momoa's portrayal in the movie. It really makes me wish that the previous three volumes were all working toward this, as it really deserved much more buildup. Abnett continues to go even further with the political and cultural Atlantean world-building, touching on banned magic and xenophobia directed toward Atlanteans with underwater mutations. In my opinion, this is where the strengths of Aquaman writing lies, it's what sets him apart from the other big DC heroes, so why not focus on that? The book is also pretty entertaining as we follow Arthur trying to stay ahead of the Drift in the bowels of the Atlantean ghetto and witness Mera losing her shit and going berserk as she attempts to break in to Atlantis to find her man! I really wish this keeps going and that Abnett can keep up the quality!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Great story and interesting new direction with the art.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The fourth volume of Abnett's new Aquaman puts Orin in a new circumstance: he's a member of the resistance fighting against the fascists who have taken over his government. It's a book that has a slow start, because Abnett has gone sufficiently big picture that he has troubles really connecting us with his characters for a few issues. But, the story picks up toward the end of the volume, as we have our protagonists taking definitive actions, and it's all accompanied by absolutely gorgeous art by The fourth volume of Abnett's new Aquaman puts Orin in a new circumstance: he's a member of the resistance fighting against the fascists who have taken over his government. It's a book that has a slow start, because Abnett has gone sufficiently big picture that he has troubles really connecting us with his characters for a few issues. But, the story picks up toward the end of the volume, as we have our protagonists taking definitive actions, and it's all accompanied by absolutely gorgeous art by Stjepan Sejic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    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 ^^ 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 ^^

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As the main writer of the current Aquaman Rebirth series, Dan Abnett, alongside comic book artist and writer Stjepan Šejić, blows everyone out of the water in Aquaman: Underworld. Known for several of his work with DC Comics and Marvel, Dan Abnett also garners great fame for his novels within the Warhammer franchise, and truly showcases his storytelling gift in Aquaman: Underworld. By drawing upon some of Aquaman’s greatest elements from his myt You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As the main writer of the current Aquaman Rebirth series, Dan Abnett, alongside comic book artist and writer Stjepan Šejić, blows everyone out of the water in Aquaman: Underworld. Known for several of his work with DC Comics and Marvel, Dan Abnett also garners great fame for his novels within the Warhammer franchise, and truly showcases his storytelling gift in Aquaman: Underworld. By drawing upon some of Aquaman’s greatest elements from his mythology, he not only comes up with one of the most compelling stories simmering with potential, but also gives readers a reason to love the character and his beloved city of Atlantis. Collecting issues #25 to 30, this story arc is a grandiose achievement for the medium and presents fans with what would undoubtedly be an unforgettable underwater adventure. What is Aquaman: Underworld about, you wonder? The story explores the reign of King Rath in Atlantis while the Old King is presumed dead. As rumours arise from the dark corners of the sea of a potential impostor of the Old King, the climate within the kingdom is boiling with rage and impatience. Decreeing the conjuration of an Atlantean techno-magic force field to protect the city from outside threat, an outright segregation within Atlantean civilization is noticed. However, rumours of the ex-king Arthur’s survival reaches the surface and brings a mourning and exiled Mera, wife of the Old King, to do anything to reunite with her lost love. As the story develops, an impending uprising is slowly teased, but most importantly a reflection on the qualities needed to be a king is brilliantly explored. The story also ventures into a closer look at marginalized communities and the underlying issues of corruption and prejudice that rules within the city. Dan Abnett hits all the right notes in Aquaman: Underworld. There are a lot of recurring characters from the hero’s lore integrated within this story arc, but never are they thrown in without context and complex characterization. With an excellent recapitulation of past events seamlessly interwoven into the narrative, the story flows with perfect rhythm and easily draws you into the world. While it may be the fourth volume of the series, it reads perfectly like a stand-alone story, although it does not regroup the entire story arc. An ending that however sends chills down your spine is present but will inevitably build desperation among fans for the rest of the story arc. Nonetheless, the story still contains enough information to be considered self-contained and tackles ideas of heroism and marginalization as it reflects on the current alliances and threats within the Atlantic kingdom. The introduction of a mysteriously silent ally is a gift to fans as well as this character was born with charm and embodies intrigue like no other character before. Personally beyond astonished, the artwork shines upon the depths of these Atlantean waters an unprecedented amount of light that not only brings to life the obscure creatures of the sea, but also the unique politics of an underwater civilization. What Stjepan Šejić accomplishes in Aquaman: Underworld is a statement of his phenomenal talent as his visionary take of this aquatic universe is beyond reproach, especially when you bring a magnifying glass onto the meticulous details that he focuses on. From the attention he gives to facial expressions to the beautiful underwater movements he brings to the universe, there is no denying that he injects a rejuvenating boost to the franchise since Geoff John’s revolutionary New 52 run with the character. It is also necessary to mention the incredible aura that surrounds some of these characters in their design alone. From Arthur Curry to Mera, there is so much to praise in his work. Aquaman: Underworld is a spectacularly stunning tale on the roles of kings and heroes through a war for the rightful heir to the throne. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    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 .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    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. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Oh, look, Aquaman's been deposed... again. The intrigue is great and each page turn is something new and exciting, but the story itself is old and tired. Surely something else can happen in Atlantis other than war and civil war. Oh, look, Aquaman's been deposed... again. The intrigue is great and each page turn is something new and exciting, but the story itself is old and tired. Surely something else can happen in Atlantis other than war and civil war.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    A new artist and a new-ish direction for the fourth volume of Aquaman in this run. Deposed as king of Atlantis and trapped inside without any of his usual allies, Arthur Curry needs to find a new way to do his thing. He doesn't want to be king again and, indeed, never wanted that. New king Rath is a paranoid warmonger type who wants genetic purity for all people in Atlantis and his first act was to conjure a magic wall to keep people out, so I'm not sure how much Rath is a commentary on, say, cu A new artist and a new-ish direction for the fourth volume of Aquaman in this run. Deposed as king of Atlantis and trapped inside without any of his usual allies, Arthur Curry needs to find a new way to do his thing. He doesn't want to be king again and, indeed, never wanted that. New king Rath is a paranoid warmonger type who wants genetic purity for all people in Atlantis and his first act was to conjure a magic wall to keep people out, so I'm not sure how much Rath is a commentary on, say, current political situations, but given how far in advance these issues were probably written, I'd say probably not. However, the new look works as Aquaman decides to become not a king but a hero for his people, and to that end, he has a plan. Rath is pretty bad, there are a few secrets hinted at, and it's not like Mera is going to wait around for Arthur to come back on his own. I have long wanted a more politically-minded Aquaman (much like the better Black Panther runs at Marvel) and while this series isn't quite it, it's a lot closer than many other Aquaman runs I've read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana Alma

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Booey

    Wow! I have always love Stjepan Sejic's art, but to see his full glory unleashed on Atlantis here, is really something else. The colors, the backgrounds, the action. Just wow. Luckily, Dan Abnett crafts a great story of kings, betrayal, rebels, mutants, sorcery, and manipulations to go with such fabulous art. The introduction of Dolphin as Aquaman's sidekick is fun and she manages to say everything without speaking a word. Hats off to Stejpan Sejic for conveying her disgust, disdain, hope, etc wi Wow! I have always love Stjepan Sejic's art, but to see his full glory unleashed on Atlantis here, is really something else. The colors, the backgrounds, the action. Just wow. Luckily, Dan Abnett crafts a great story of kings, betrayal, rebels, mutants, sorcery, and manipulations to go with such fabulous art. The introduction of Dolphin as Aquaman's sidekick is fun and she manages to say everything without speaking a word. Hats off to Stejpan Sejic for conveying her disgust, disdain, hope, etc with only facial expressions and gestures. A great rollicking story with gorgeous art to go with it. If you love Aquaman you will love this entry in his story and if you have never had the urge to pick up an Aquaman graphic novel this is the book that will hopefully change your mind.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    So at the end of V3, Aquaman's dead and Corum Rath is in absolute control of Atlantis. This volume, Rath starts purging Atlantis of its mutants, Mera and Aqualad start fighting back and a mysterious vigilante in Aquaman's costume begins protecting the mutants and others from Rath's security forces ("Like a surface friend of mine, I stay in the shadows and don't let them see my face."). While the Aquaman Dethroned plot is old-hat, the story is well done and the art is good. So thumbs up for this o So at the end of V3, Aquaman's dead and Corum Rath is in absolute control of Atlantis. This volume, Rath starts purging Atlantis of its mutants, Mera and Aqualad start fighting back and a mysterious vigilante in Aquaman's costume begins protecting the mutants and others from Rath's security forces ("Like a surface friend of mine, I stay in the shadows and don't let them see my face."). While the Aquaman Dethroned plot is old-hat, the story is well done and the art is good. So thumbs up for this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    After the events in the last volume, the story has shifted. Arthur, thought dead by everyone, becomes the Aquaman, more of a rumor than a person at first (time passing also allows him to look more like the movie version). He ends up part of the resistance, which includes Dolphin and Vulko; meanwhile, Mera and Garth are trying to help by getting through the magical Crown of Thorns from the other side. Stjepan Sejic does the art chores and gives it all much more of a fantasy flavor. We have magic, After the events in the last volume, the story has shifted. Arthur, thought dead by everyone, becomes the Aquaman, more of a rumor than a person at first (time passing also allows him to look more like the movie version). He ends up part of the resistance, which includes Dolphin and Vulko; meanwhile, Mera and Garth are trying to help by getting through the magical Crown of Thorns from the other side. Stjepan Sejic does the art chores and gives it all much more of a fantasy flavor. We have magic, mutants, monsters, and more, which all make for a good continuation of the story and title.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    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 w 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I fucking love this run of Aquaman and Stephen Sejic just makes it better!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Upendra Bapat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Aquaman is not a king anymore! But the Gotham of Atlantis(9th Stride) might have just turned a Vigilante into a Hero. Put Gotham anywhere, on land or under water, it might give you some horrible villains it also gives you hope and a Symbol!! Dan Abnett doing just that.. Full marks for Story but I thought artwork hazy at times, so a star less.

  27. 4 out of 5

    c wylie misselhorn

    I accidentally picked this one thinking it was the next volume I needed to read of the new 52. Oh well. I liked the artwork; Sejic's style is great. The story was good too. I accidentally picked this one thinking it was the next volume I needed to read of the new 52. Oh well. I liked the artwork; Sejic's style is great. The story was good too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sid

    *me shoving copies of this volume in croats' faces*: stjepan šejić is croatian national treasure and you will show him the respect he deserves now go fetch and read it godammit read it *me shoving copies of this volume in croats' faces*: stjepan šejić is croatian national treasure and you will show him the respect he deserves now go fetch and read it godammit read it

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Having been around for nearly eighty years, the common joke towards Aquaman is that he's the guy who can talk to fish, which makes him a pretty lousy superhero to jump into action, as evidenced during his appearance in the Super Friends cartoon. Having not read any prior comics that are solely about Aquaman, I often associated him as both the bad-ass king of Atlantis in Bruce Timm's Justice League animated series, and the friendly, happy-go-lucky adventurer in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In Having been around for nearly eighty years, the common joke towards Aquaman is that he's the guy who can talk to fish, which makes him a pretty lousy superhero to jump into action, as evidenced during his appearance in the Super Friends cartoon. Having not read any prior comics that are solely about Aquaman, I often associated him as both the bad-ass king of Atlantis in Bruce Timm's Justice League animated series, and the friendly, happy-go-lucky adventurer in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In light of the upcoming Aquaman movie starring the dude-bro that is Jason Momoa, it's about time I picked up a comic about the guy who has been the victim of one recurring gag. Although Dan Abnett has written the Aquaman title since the start of DC Rebirth, Volume 4 was advertised as a good starting point for those unknown towards the aquatic adventures of Arthur Curry. Also, just look at the cover art by Stjepan Šejić (more on him later). After the supposed murder of Arthur, Atlantis has been radically transformed as it's now under the command of King Rath, who has hired former terrorists who are now Atlantean police whilst crime lords control huge swaths of territory. Unbeknownst to everyone in the world, including the exiled Lady Mera, who is left in mourning at the lighthouse in Amnesty Bay, Arthur is secretly hiding in the underworld within the undersea kingdom, but returns as "the Aquaman" to join the uprising. Reading this comic, I realised that the story is reminiscent of Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward's Black Bolt from Marvel, in that both titles are about a former king of a fantasy kingdom journeys about the abyss with the company of low-class outsiders and finding friendship whilst trying to reunite with his true love. Aquaman may not reach the emotional resonance of Black Bolt, but it eventually follows its own path, even if the change of direction really occurs at the very end where the uprising truly begins, setting up the next volume. In terms of world-building, Atlantis is a multi-layered character with there is a class system and places of science and magic can co-exist, even in an uncivilised manner, due to the tyrannical rule of the unremarkable King Rath, who is no different than the Ocean Master. Exploring all the different territories in Atlantis, Abnett is writing an ensemble piece where every Atlantean from the evil royalists to the good mutated outcasts lend their voices. As for the Aquaman himself, we see a half-breed who failed as a king in attempting to strengthen Atlantis-surface relationships up on the surface. He is left broken with no desire to reclaim the throne, but through his witty and touching friendship with the muted mutant Dolphin, he finds something worth fighting for. I personally wanted more of Mera, who despite showing off some waterbending, at times she gets sidelined. The biggest impression that this volume will leave is the stunning coloured art by Stjepan Šejić, who previously worked on Marc Silvestri's Witchblade. The return of both the mullet and beard is welcoming as that's always the Aquaman image I lean towards, even if he's donning the classic orange suit, which is incredibly detailed as you can see the many scales on his top. Along with the large panels showcasing the extravagance of Atlantis, Šejić finds room for small panels where you can his talent of illustrating faces, most notably Dolphin who has to physically react. For a story that mostly takes place underwater, Mera's use of Hydrokinesis presents some jaw-dropping imagery. Despite a pretty uninteresting villain and a slight lack of Mera, this is an entertaining and visually spectacular starting point for those who want to get into Aquaman, whilst setting up something big in the next volume.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Poole

    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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