Aquaman #20

Aquaman #20

Writer: John Ostrander Artist: Manuel Garcia, Sandra Hope Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 5
6.5Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

As the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it. The issue also introduces a new member of the Others!

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 22, 2013

    I'd like to think that there's a more permanent place for The Others in the New 52 lineup, and perhaps this issue is being used as a testing ground. Maybe this team isn't bankable, but whether Johns or Ostrander is writing them, they're certainly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 23, 2013

    Now, some readers and fans of Arthur might not like that. But I personally have come to find it not only endearing that Aquaman usually takes a backseat in his own book, but also realistic. I mean, come on. Hes the King of Atlantis. Hes got stuff to do. So we get a cool fight sequence with a bunch of characters who are slowly growing, a brief but necessary recap of events for readers who might be picking up the issue solely to see if Ostranders still got it, and a pretty much entirely self-contained story that fits into (and bridges) a bigger arc. What more can you ask for in a filler issue? No complaints on this end. Overall, this was a solid issue that makes me anxious for the return of Johns and begs the question of why Ostrander hasnt been given his own ongoing title yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 25, 2013

    Ostrander does a good job with the space he's given, but ultimately the potential of his story gets nipped by the fact that he only has one short issue to work with. This seems to me a sign that the Others is a big enough concept to carry a title of its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 27, 2013

    If nothing else, "Aquaman" #20 makes me more than ever wish that we had Ostrander on a monthly series at DC Comics. He clearly plays well in a joint sandbox, and he's a good writer to boot. Until then, though, I'll just keep my eyes open for moments like this. And if nothing else, if you are going to substitute in a last-minute fill-in comic? Well, if they were all this fun, I don't think people would mind quite so much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ali Sabra May 26, 2013

    If you take this issue for what it is, you'll enjoy it very much. However, with the interesting story Aquaman has been building up, I was slightly let down. No matter what, go and buy this issue, as The Others has been one of the most interesting features of the title since Geoff Johns introduced them last year. Aquaman really is becoming one of DC's best titles. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge May 22, 2013

    Manuel Garcia is not able to provide the level of consistency that Paul Pelletier has been delivering for the last few months. While Pelletier was anoticeablestep-down from the great Ivan Reis, so is Garcia a step-down from Pelletier. The book simply doesn't look very good, which is compounded by the small army of inkers whose names fill the credits page. If the art had been better this would have made a solid interlude issue, instead it was mostly an adventure in frustration as an intriguing story has been put on hold for a throw-away issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 22, 2013

    Hopefully, someday, The Others will have their own stand-alone book. This is a team that could pull it off. Aquaman is a consistently great book. Sure, there's been a couple bumps in the road, so far, but overall, this has been a stellar series, but this issue was a big let down. Concept-wise, this is a fantastic book that gives DC a reason to use the characters from the Others without just shoehorning them into a book because there was already a connection made between these characters and Atlantian artifacts, but the execution of the actual issue is a bit of a mess. It feels rushed, and it's inconsistent. It has a solid writer and artist, but they needed more pages to work with to make this the issue it needs to be. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Fixer1140 Sep 25, 2013

    The lowest review I've given to a comic. This truly is an "Interlude" to the main series, at it has nothing to do with it other than a pointless side story. My problems with it: 1. The writing, especially dealing with continuity, is lacking. In one panel they're about to fight something, in the next they're on the plane leaving. It forced me to double check if I skipped a page. It looks more like a comic I would write, where I would realize it would require too much drawing, so I would just skip every other panel. 2. The female character from Africa, the one who is pointlessly scantily clad, is given some pathetic love back story to make her seem less shallow. It doesn't work. Skip this one, you will miss nothing of the actual series' plot.

  • 7.0
    strgrv May 26, 2013

  • 7.0
    Ariel Aug 31, 2014

  • 6.5
    mrDovydas May 26, 2013

  • 6.0
    Redeadhood May 23, 2014

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