After a rather disappointing story in "Aquaman: Future's End", it's nice to see this series getting back to what it does best. Jeff Parker really knows how to write a more introspective Aquaman. Parker's Aquaman is reflective, somber, and intelligent. He knows how to be bombastic, funny, and how to fight when he needs to, but as the king of Atlantis, he also knows how to be the politician he has to be. Because of that, this issue reads like a breeze, even though there's really not a big action scene. Each panel and page flows nicely, and there's no lagging in the pace. Add to all of that Paul Pelletier's artwork, which is fantastic as per usual. From the figures in the foreground, to the detailed architecture of Atlantis. This is the first part of a new story arc called "Malestrom", and I'm excited for the next arc. This book comes highly recommended.