Aquaman #10

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 27, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Black Manta continues his hunt for the members of Aquamans Other Leaguebut the Operative is doing some hunting of his own. Plus, Mera discovers more about Arthurs past with Black Manta!

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jun 28, 2012

    This team has really turned this character around, by not changing who he already was, but actually showcasing everything that was cool about him to begin with. No longer the butt of jokes in the comic book community, he now truly comes across as a badass superhero and one-time ruler of Atlantis. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    Its astonishing how a comic series can fluctuate from issue to issue. Though Aquaman #10 didnt reveal or solve any major plot point in this issue, it seemed much more exciting than the previous, which ended on a big reveal concerning Aquamans history. What made the difference was the art. Each page was a joy to examine and reread, and it made me more intrigued with the story. The Comic Book Gods answered my prayers from Aquaman #9 by adding more scenes with water (though I guess that would actually be the creators and DC). If they continue to do this, I will be eternally grateful. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 27, 2012

    What is there to say about this book that I haven't been saying since the start. It's the perfect revamp to a character no one took seriously, and each issue gives you a bit more of the mythos of this character. I love the new characters being introduced in this series, and the fight between Aquaman and Black Manta is fantastic. Geoff Johns is doing an amazing job with this character, and I love the art team. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jun 29, 2012

    Instead of a conflict of pure vengeance and rage, the relationship between Aquaman and Black Manta in the 'New 52' is based on deep-seeded emotional issues and the transfer of blame tied to the death of their respective fathers. Family stands as a core element of Aquaman, and Johns' reimagining of the Aquaman/Black Manta feud is astonishingly good, especially when coupled with Arthur's past secrets being unearthed one person at a time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 30, 2012

    I particularly loved how he showed the flashbacks. The use of saturated red really gives the tale of Aquaman slaying Manta’s dad a feeling of blind rage. The art is so visceral it almost dictates that Aquaman have killed out of anger not accident. Aquaman #10 isn’t a bad issue; in fact it’s quite good. I just hope that in trying to upgrade Aquaman, Johns doesn’t improve him into a failure. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 27, 2012

    Already a strong book among the New 52 lineup, Aquaman became something truly special with this second arc. Who would have thought more Black Manta was all Aquaman needed to shine brighter? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 2, 2012

    Since I'm a bit of an Aquaman fan, it's no shocker for me to say this, but I imagine it'll be shocking for many of you who share my sentiment"this may be on its way to becoming one of the most purely enjoyable superhero comics I'm reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 2, 2012

    "Aquaman" continues to be one of the handful of DC comics that I truly look forward to each and every month. This issue serves as more of a transition, shifting the battlefields and re-arranging the combatants with an awful lot that happens to move the growing legend of Aquaman forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 2, 2012

    There's something about this team " both the heroes and the artists " that brings the best out of Geoff Johns, an accomplished writer who I feel is still on a quest to keep changing and evolving his style. That said, this book isn't perfect, as the focus on these new characters takes away from the already struggling Arthur Curry. But if Johns can tie in these cool new toys with some genuine new insight about the King of the Seas, he might be able to have his cake and eat it, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Jun 28, 2012

    This issue was a good follow up and a solid addition to the storyline. If only the Others got more focus and Aquaman was more central and important throughout it'd be a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 29, 2012

    Aquaman is a really well executed series that's been getting harder to recommend. Not because of any complex continuity issues or lack of quality, but a lack of impact. We've had plenty of payoff recently, but it's payoff without setup, like a punchline without a joke. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 2, 2012

    Again, this sounds like a harsh criticism but it is not at all because I can't get mad at my star player when they hit a triple instead their usual grand slam. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jul 1, 2012

    Well, This issue kinda let me down. The last issue was a bit more interesting and the reveal of Aquaman killing Manta's father was surprising. In this issue we saw how that happened, which was cool, but the stuff with The Operative didn't intrigue me, and that was like... the first six pages of the issue. I know it's building to more, but it seemed excessive here. Also, Johns, can we get some better names than The Prisoner and The Operative please? Besides seeing how Manta's father died, this was a pretty slow issue, even the fight with Aquaman and Manta seemed like it never got into second gear, which didn't excite me. Maybe I picked a bad issue to start reviewing with, but for what I did, this was kind of average. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 29, 2012

    This series keeps dishing out the goods as Aquaman is finally standing out as a pinnacle hero of the DC Universe. From DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Jun 29, 2012

    So, Black Manta steals the show and Johns manages to give a sense of ambiguity to who we should side with in this battle. Add Reis into the mix and that part of the book soars. But as with many an issue of this series it becomes bogged down with narrative problems as the other aspects are seemingly designed to stall for time. It may come together in the trade paperback, but for now the issue has one excellent aspect surrounded by mediocrity. You may have noticed that this review has not yet commented on Aquaman himself and that is indicative of an inherent problem with this New 52 version. There is nothing there to really comment on as he merely goes through the motions. Even giving him a back story such as the one presented hasn't made him more interesting. However the book is continuing to improve and with Black Manta on board it looks like this arc will be an entertaining one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Rob Rasmussen Jun 29, 2012

    After a home run earlier this month with Green Lantern, Johns seems to have lost a bit of what he had going with Aquaman #10. While not being a complete flop, this issue feels so much more like a set piece than an actual story of its own. Again, none of it is straight up bad, there should just be more going on than the mere filler we get. Despite a great pedigree, Aquaman #10 barely manages 2 out of 5 stars almost completely on the merits of Reis alone. Read Full Review

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