Aquaman #19

Aquaman #19

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 1, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The Ice King takes the throne as the true king of Atlantisbut who will be the first to kneel before him?

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 2, 2013

    Though my one minor gripe (which is the fact that Aquaman seems to be a secondary character in his own title most of the time) is something that might turn off some readers, I am starting to think that it is a strength of Johns as a writer. He doesn't just write a good superhero book. He writes great superhero team books. This isn't just Aquaman's story. It also belongs to Orm, Mera, the Scavenger, and all of the other countless men, women, and fish they encounter along the way. Hopefully a majority of them survive the impending climax. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 3, 2013

    Really, what Johns has done with this comic is nothing short of amazing. He's taken a character who has (unfairly) been the butt of jokes, and made him the star of one of (if not the) best comics in the "New 52." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 3, 2013

    It's impressive how ambitious Geoff Johns is with Aquaman, packing in a ton of subplots and characters almost in defiance of decompressed storytelling. From Aquaman's behemoth aquatic friend Topo to the water-intolerant Atlantean Swatt to Mera's journey to another undersea world, there's a lot going on here, to the point where it's a challenge " albeit a fun one " trying to keep up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 4, 2013

    I skipped a scene in the synopsis about a giant, monstrous squid creature called Topo whom Aquaman communicates with at the start of the comic. It's a very cool moment, showing us just how awe-inspiring Aquaman's status can be, but nothing came of the meeting with Topo, so I'm not yet sure what it accomplishes. Hopefully Topo will show up again to kick some ass later. For now, like I said, this is just an entertaining scene-setting comic. Aquaman is cool, Mera has some awesome moments, and Murk continues to set himself up as a strong antagonist. This guy Swatt seems especially interesting. Aquaman continues to be a strong book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 May 4, 2013

    Aquaman is in a transition period currently, new characters and events are taking shape throughout the title. Anybody taking the time to invest in DC should be following this epic saga as the quality never falters. It is rare for a comic to become better after a crossover event, yet Aquaman is making strides to prove seasoned readers wrong. Geoff Johns is building a truly unique world for readers to get lost in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 6, 2013

    With all the new material Johns is bringing to the series, there are distinct echoes of the glory days of his Green Lantern revival here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 3, 2013

    All of this adds up to one of the most enjoyable books on the racks nowadays, and certainly a reliably entertaining read from DC. Johns drives this title forward with action and adventure. He layers plots and subplots one over the other. While that doesn't do much to develop the character of Aquaman, it's quite obvious Johns' Aquaman is conflicted right now, and that makes every subplot and the way they're each connected to one another all the more interesting. If you missed it this week, but happen to want to pick up a recent comic when you go to the shop on Free Comic Book Day, you really should sample "Aquaman" #19. I can guarantee you the three bucks you spend on this will outshine some of the freebies you pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Jack Reid May 7, 2013

    This is just another spectacular issue in this series. It keeps a fast pace that pulls you in and holds you there until you're finished reading and begin instantly craving more. The art and writing are a fantastic match for each other and with so many things happening on each page, your eyes and brain are stimulated the entirety of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 1, 2013

    Whether scenes of two people chatting or a close quarters brawl, Pelletier makes it all look great. A lot happens here, so credit is due for telling a large story in a small space, a skill that no doubt comes in handy when drawing Johns' detail-intensive scripts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge May 1, 2013

    If there is one major concern with this book, I can't bring myself to call it a fault, with this issue, it is that Aquaman took a back seat to the supporting cast. This was likely necessary due to the fact that this issue set-up several future plot lines, but it would have been nice to have a little bit more face time with Arthur as he appears stagnant and uninteresting in his few appearances here. I don't believe this is cause for concern, merely a hiccup in what has been a very compelling take on this misunderstood character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Ket's Comics - Michael Bowie May 8, 2013

    So, like I said, on its own issue #19 was a bit middling, but it did give us some interesting plot threads to lead not the next issue. Hopefully Aquaman won't continue to take somewhat of a backseat in his own book, however. At least not too often. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 6, 2013

    The book ends with a pretty big reveal, while the stage is set for The Others to return next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 1, 2013

    Aquaman #19 is one of those issues that simply tries to do too much, and all aspects of the story suffer. I am definitely in for issue #20 and onward based on the strength of the run so far, and hopefully all these loose threads start to weave together in some strong issues going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 1, 2013

    I liked AQUAMAN #19, but it's not my favorite of the series. It's a bit chaotic. There's a lot going on. Johns is setting up a few stories here and catching up on a couple things from previous issues. The events in this issue are bigger than the 20 pages the creative team is allotted. I think once you can sit down and read this issue and maybe #21 onward, it will play out a bit better.There's a lot to love about this issue, but the pacing and jumpiness really dragged it down. Overall, I give this a mild recommendation. Read Full Review

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