Aquaman #14

Aquaman #14

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
7.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

In the aftermath of THE OTHERS, who lives? Who dies? And what is the fate of the Atlantean relics? The debut of the OCEAN MASTER!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 28, 2012

    Not only has Geoff Johns completely turned around Aquaman, but he's also made his villains real, developed characters, and not just some cardboard cutout baddies like they used to be. While the focus is mainly on Orm and Arthur discussing all things surface world vs Atlantis, it's the most interesting read in this series yet. It's frightfully brilliant in every way.The build-up to the Throne of Atlantis begins here, and the ending to this issue is so awesome. I don't want to spoil anything, but fans of this series will love how it turns out. This has the potential to be an incredibly unique and epic story line, and I have a good feeling it will hit its mark.Overall, I highly recommend this issue of Aquaman. You won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Shane Kildea Dec 3, 2012

    Pete Woods, whom I haven't seen a lot of over the last few years does a more than competent job. His style bore enough resemblance to Reis so that it wasn't a glaring transition but it was in his own style so he can't be accused of aping the previous artist. I found many pages quite striking and especially loved the scenes between Aquaman and his brother. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Favian C Dec 1, 2012

    The work of Pete Woods and Pete Perez is not the most beautiful thing to look at but it doesnt obscure your thoughts from the story, which to me is "Okay art". Aside from that its a great issue leaving me for much to look forward to with high hopes and expectations! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Joey Esposito Nov 28, 2012

    All told, those are minor quibbles in an otherwise fantastic issue of Aquaman. Oh, and Aquafans that have been waiting for more of Arthur's supporting cast to make an appearance" this issue should do plenty to get you excited. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Dec 4, 2012

    This issue gets a 4/5 due to the aforementioned lull. It's better than average, based largely on where it leads, the artwork and the colors. It even shows a much earlier Aquaman in the first few pages. Go out and buy it if you want an awkward post-Turkey Day sibling moment, or if you're just a fan of Geoff Johns and good art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 29, 2012

    All in all, this was a great prelude issue, as well as serving as a template for upcoming arcs. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Orm again, as well as more members of Aquaman's supporting cast, which is hinted at in this story. I do miss Ivan Reis' art on this title, but I'm fine with him taking over Justice League. I have to admit, I'm not familiar with Paul Pelletier's work, but I'm certainly willing to give him a chance. I trust Geoff Johns on this title and I don't see that changing anytime soon. This issue gets a hearty 8.5/10 from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 1, 2012

    The conversation between Aquaman and Orm was actually quite well done, with a simmering darkness just below the surface. Orm was not as sinister as I think we're supposed to believe, and that goes a long way towards making him a legitimate character. But what the hell was with keeping him in shadows? It's not like he was purposefully hidden. The guy was out and about, walking and swimming with Aquaman. But whereas Aquaman was bright and in the light, the art just bathed Orm in darkness. It was really annoying, especially since, again, he's right there on the cover! Oh well, at least he's being built into a good antagonist. The rest of the issue was also strong, especially Black Manta's scene. He's turning into just as much of a badass as Aquaman, and I'm excited to see him some more in the future. We also get a little teaser about Aqualad in this issue, which is a hoot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Dec 2, 2012

    Pete Woods is a fine visual storyteller and he does a great job with the tricky dynamics of Aquaman's underwater world. Geoff Johns, of course, has made it a point to dispel the idea that Aquaman is a punchline of a character and if this issue is any indication, he's doing a great job. Not only will I be picking up the rest of Throne of Atlantis, I think I'll be checking out the previous issues of Aquaman! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Dec 3, 2012

    A flashback sequence that shows pirates getting their asses kicked by Atlanteans and a modern-day story that shows Black Manta out-smarting and out-sassing Amanda Waller are nicely weaved in and out between an almost Shakespearean catch up session between Aquaman and his brother, the reluctant current King of Atlantis. Plotting is happening in the shadows. Ancient artifacts are being stolen. And the tides of war are brewing And I am pumped to see Johns lead this event into the main Justice League title and finally give Aquaman the respect he deserves, both by comic book loyalists and new fans alike. Go get this issue right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 29, 2012

    It's nice to have "Aquaman" fun again; "Aquaman" #14 reminded me why Johns and Ivan Reis launching the series last year caused so much excitement. If you fell to the wayside recently, "Aquaman" #14 feels like a strong jumping-on point to help give it another try. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Dec 3, 2012

    "Throne Of Atlantis," which stretches between Aquaman and Justice League, looks to cement this new era of the bad ass Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 28, 2012

    There are a number of other threads in this book that could be seen as superfluous, or at the very least saps this book of its energy and speed " the two qualities that, along with Johns and Ivan Reis's star power, helped elevate Aquaman to a top slot month after month. That said, this prelude is just that " a prelude to something more. Where Johns succeeds in this book is to slowly build new histories between Aquaman and his greatest foes, and that victory, while a quiet one, may make bigger waves soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Nov 29, 2012

    Its art maybe lacking somewhat, but the script is surprisingly good. The way in which Johns handles Aquaman's brother is the major selling point here and his commanding presence actually works well in conjunction with our slightly wooden protagonist. It is probably the best written issue of the series so far and it is a little disappointing the art wasn't as good. However this prelude shows how much potential Throne Of Atlantis has. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 30, 2012

    A mostly straightforward, predictable, and windy use of a prologue chapter, one that does little to inspire excitement for the arc to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jason Motes Nov 28, 2012

    The story is a nice balance between set up for ‘Throne of Atlantis' with a few throwbacks to this series first two storylines. The art is slightly inconsistent, but is overall good. I'm not sure what to expect from ‘Throne of Atlantis.' Aquaman is pretty consistently solid, but I have been really disappointed in Justice League, so this could go either way. Maybe JL will rise to Aquaman's high standard and not drag him down to that book's level. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Nov 28, 2012

    After reading this issue I was left scratching my head over why this issue was necessary. Its only purpose seems to be in binding time for Reis to return. I sincerely hope that Johns' deflated dialogue, and boring script is just a one-off and the Throne of Atlantis lives up to the hype, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm not a little bit concerned. Still, Johns and Reis did an incredible job with the previous arc, so they more than deserve to have the attention put on the next installment, but this one is forgettable and regrettable. Read Full Review

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