Aquaman #26

Aquaman #26

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Paul Pelletier, Netho Diaz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 1, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 7
7.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

"Sea of Storms" begins with the debut of new AQUAMAN writer Jeff Parker! The Earth's crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures... so humanity's first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Jan 3, 2014

    Sleep well, Aqua-fans, Aquaman #26 is a great comic book, and for the looks of it, Jeff Parker's run with the character will continue to make Aquaman one of the best books over at DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jan 3, 2014

    Overall though, I'll say that Aquaman is in damn good hands right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 31, 2013

    Aquaman #26 is a strong jumping on point and Parker's initial Aqua-offering gives a good, energetic shot in the arm to this title. It was one of the best in the DCU under the reign of Geoff Johns, and there is no indication in this issue that the quality of Aquaman is going to slip at all under Parker & Pelletier's watch. Justice League fans, or anyone who has been enjoying Action Comics by Greg Pak will be right at home with this comic, and I highly recommend giving the book a shot. My guess is you'll be pleasantly surprised, and that Aquaman will be a mainstay in your pull going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 31, 2013

    Jeff Parker begins his Aquaman run on issue #26 and it's a success.  He continues the political intrigue that has made the book so good with the bonus of humour that adds a nice little touch.  It is a new reader friendly story that ends with a mysterious cliffhanger.  I hate to use bad puns, but I'm hooked all over again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 2, 2014

    The new team keeps things on course. Nothing about what made the previous run great is lost in the transition. Instead, Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier provide another dimension to the current story, creating an issue that is sure to keep old fans happy and get new fans interested. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 31, 2013

    Paul Pelletier's artwork certainly helps smooth the transition as well. Whether the issue focuses on undersea intrigue or epic brawls with giant crabs, Pelletier is able to expertly capture the action and emotion of the story. Unfortunately, there are several fill-in pages from artist Netho Diaz in this issue. Diaz's storytelling is sound, and even on par with Pelletier's at times. But his facial work is a little stiff, making it all too obvious when the issue bounces between the two pencillers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 31, 2013

    I truly believe that the farther we get from Johns' phenomenal run, the better this book will get. It's going to take a bit of time to adjust. All-in-all, this is a great start for Parker. He establishes his tone and his run all in one swoop. Sure, it's not going to be the smoothest transition between writers because they both have different writing styles, but I truly believe, from this issue alone, that Parker has some amazing adventures in store for the reader. Parker is a very capable and fantastic writer and he gives fans a very worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what's next. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Jan 1, 2014

    Overall, this issue serves as a great start to the “next” chapter of the New 52 Aquaman, and is a title I'm going to continue reading with considerable interest. There's always a sense of apprehension when a successful comic creator leaves a title, but thankfully, with Parker at the helm, Aquaman is undoubtedly going to be in safe hands moving forwards. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jacob Bryant Jan 1, 2014

    Parker and Pelletier deliver a great first issue to their run on the series. It will be exciting to see where this first monster filled story takes the King of Atlantis as we head into 2014. If Parker's pedigree for great, fun comics is to be trusted,Aquamanis in for a pretty great new year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Jan 2, 2014

    This book is absolutely beautiful! I'm not 100% how the art duties were split up in this book (there were two people on inks, on colors, and on pencils) but the team did a fantastic job from start to finish. Without divulging too much, I couldn't help but stop and admire the epic battle sequence at the end of the issue. It's not often panels hold my attention like that with just the art alone, but this book is worth admiring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 2, 2014

    The art in the issue is vibrant; Paul Pelletier and Netho Diaz have a nice lock on anatomy. However, their facial expressions have a slight disconnect with the emotions as read on the page. Aquaman #26 is still a strong debut and if the art team can find cohesion, this title will soar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Jan 19, 2014

    The writer may have changed, but Aquaman definitely remains a title that you should be picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Dec 31, 2013

    This issue was entertaining for a few reasons, it had great action, it showed Arthur's life as a king, and it introduced a new mystery in Atlantis' already checkered past. Once it gets past its slow start this issue delivers that over-the-top Aquaman experience that fans of the series crave and love. The ending leaves just about everything to the imagination; so expect to be surprised next issue, and keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 4, 2014

    Overall, for Parker's first issue, there's more than enough here to have me come back for more and see what else he has in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Jan 7, 2014

    The art is of the pretty standard DC in-house style so I have little to say beyond "it is good". The team does a respectable job and I liked the design of the behemoth monster and some of the colouring choices. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 31, 2013

    Aquaman seems like it is in a good place, as Parker starts to establish the different elements he is going to add to Arthur Curry’s world. The art by Pelletier in this tale shows how much better the artist is getting with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 6, 2014

    A competent first issue to Parker's follow-up on a remarkable Aquaman run, though he perhaps expends his efforts on mostly the wrong places. The art can use a strong boost as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jan 3, 2014

    While Jeff Parker seems to have brought with him the ability to imbue “Aquaman” with a few more layers of complexity and levity, it's too early to tell how far he will go in defining the character beyond Geoff Johns' stoic ‘New 52′ incarnation. At least for one issue, he's not bogged down too heavily by the prevailing tone of DC Comics' current output. That makes this an issue worth checking out, even if it does suffer from one of DC Comics' other worst current trends – application of fill-in art work that appears to be an afterthought, rather than a well-planned occurrence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 31, 2013

    Paul Pelletier’s art is inconsistent, but in a really odd way. Whole panels never suffer, but items within them will. It’s not each page, just a few strewn throughout the entire issue. Sometimes one character looks fine and the other is off. Pelletier excels in the battle between Aquaman and the Karaqan, but some of the more intimate moments suffer from weird expressions on faces or uneven form. Nothing happening here is bad, it’s just uneven to a point you can’t help but notice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 4, 2014

    Parker tells a fine story in his first issue, balancing Aquaman's superheroics with his responsibilities as king. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jason Motes Jan 4, 2014

    In all, this book remains strong, so I hope its sales remain so. No one would have guessed just five years ago that Aquaman's comic would outsell The Flash's and Superman's! I hope it wasn't just Geoff Johns' name attached that attracted readers. The writing is still solid. The art was a little less thrilling, but still very well-done. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 2, 2014

    "Aquaman" #26 is absolutely middle of the road. I'd have been more happy if Parker's first issue had a bit more punch, especially because I worry that with Johns gone some of the readership will leave without even trying out Parker's stories. His writing has been strong enough on other titles that I'll certainly stick around for a few months and see what happens once he's had a chance to settle in. But for now, the end result is totally average. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 6, 2014

    Out with the old, in with the new - with Geoff Johns off Aquaman, DC should take a bit more of a risk when it comes to Jeff Parker's tenure on the title. This is a run that deserves its own identity and its own style, but currently this comic is one step in the future and one step in the past. And that winds up being a real shame - there was a lot of good with Johns' run, but it also ultimately had run its course. Without a new artist, this comic is going to run the risk of being trapped in a rut - which, given Parker's clear potential in this comic, feels like a wasted opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Jan 3, 2014

    There is some value in seeing the councils disregard for their king, but honestly, there should have been more to this issue than that. Jeff Parker really needed to start his run off with a bang, but with Aquaman #26, he certainly did not do so. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 4, 2014

    This was an average debut for Jeff Parker on Aquaman. I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that once his story gets going, it will rival what Geoff Johns was doing on the book. Read Full Review

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