Aquaman #25

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 13
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

THE EXTRA-SIZED CONCLUSION TO DEATH OF A KING! Aquaman now knows the true responsibility that comes with being King of Atlantis. But that means he and Mera face a difficult choiceone that could destroy the love thats defined their lives! Villains become allies, friends become enemies, and the scope of Aquamans undersea world grows bigger than ever!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 27, 2013

    It's the end of writer Geoff Johns' run on AQUAMAN, and as an Aquaman fan, I can say he really made a difference with his reboot of the character. He may still be the butt of the jokes to some people, but Johns proved that Arthur Curry can be pretty awesome. This particular issue wraps up everything very nicely and leaves the reader with an upcoming event that will take place in JUSTICE LEAGUE. This is a really satisfying ending to the story, and I, for one, can't wait to see the direction Jeff Parker takes the series next. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Nov 30, 2013

    While there are definitely some hiccups in the plot, this satisfying ending to Johns run is enough to earn a perfect score. While not everyone is a Geoff Johns fan, and Aquaman may still be the butt of some jokes, Johns spent two years reminding readers that Arthur Curry is worthy of fandom. While this isn't news to everyone, Johns run was popular enough to sell out at many comic stores and outsell everyones expectations, if only to show aqua-doubters how wrong they are. While it is sad to see him go, Johns leaves us with a great issue #25, and a solid two years worth of undersea gold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 27, 2013

    Aquaman #25 is one of the greatest releases this week. Johns has restored the character with some incredible prominence, and also given him a foundation that is ready for other writers. He has also become one of the characters of the New 52 with a permanent love interest. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Nov 27, 2013

    Overall, this was an excellent ending to a great story. It wrapped up nicely while still leaving open more intense stories to come. With an exciting story and beautiful art it is hard to argue that this is not the best Aquaman issue in the new 52. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 28, 2013

    Aquaman #25 was a great end to the Death of a King arc and a fitting end to Geoff Johns' run on Aquaman. No longer a joke, Johns leaves Aquaman in such a great place for future writer Jeff Parker to continue the story.  It's sad to see Geoff go, but Aquaman fans were certainly lucky to have him. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 27, 2013

    I was nearly prepared to be disappointed with this issue's depressing ending until Johns pulls a 180 and gives Aquaman the more uplifting sendoff he deserves. Meanwhile, the epilogue strongly suggests that Johns isn't quite done with this corner of the DCU, even as he passes the torch to Jeff Parker. The ride isn't over yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 28, 2013

    Now all my hopes are on incoming writer Jeff Parker, and I hope that he brings the same daring style to the book that Geoff did. That's all I ask. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 28, 2013

    Aquaman and Mera are the DC couple of New 52. They're great together, and their love stories can put other DC couples to shame. The ending was depressing at first, but Mera really shines a light into Aquaman's life. Also, the epilogue hints something greater for the future, and it's only a matter of time Johns will return to Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 29, 2013

    I just want to take a moment to say "thanks" to Johns for his work in rehabilitating this character. Aquaman was one of my first favorites when I started reading superheroes in the early 1960s, and it's been painful, in recent years, to see him treated as the butt of jokes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 30, 2013

    It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Geoff Johns' run on Aquaman. Under his pen, this series has always been my favorite of the New 52. I've always liked Aquaman as a character, in general, and Johns truly took the character to new heights of awesomeness. He filled Aquaman's life with interesting new characters and mythologies. But sadly, Johns is stepping away from the book after only 25 issues. I don't know what the future holds, but at least Johns goes out with a bang! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Nov 27, 2013

    Johns writes a cracking finale. He wraps up most all of the Aquaman strings left dangling over the 25 issues and special crossover event with the Justice League. It's a fitting conclusion that puts Aquaman in a good place for incoming writer Jeff Parker and really does more to establish Aquaman as a formidable hero and top tier DC hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Motes Nov 28, 2013

    All in all, this was a great way to cap one of the best Aquaman runs in history. It nicely wove together a bunch of the extensive cast (another exceptional contribution from Johns), wrapped up a lot of plot lines while also setting up the future of the series. The art suited the story very well, quite grandiose and energetic. I'm sad to see Johns go, but he goes out with a bang! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Nov 28, 2013

    Johns Aquaman feels like book that got to tell exactly the story it wanted without compromise. It delivers a big finish in a grand, if overly quick, fashion. Above all, it reminds us that theres still wonderful places left to explore. DC may already be teasing its next big event, but what we got out of this was something special. And with Jeff Parker about come on board, theres no reason this book wont continue to impress. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Nov 29, 2013

    It's been a pretty wild ride to get here, and while it's not the most exciting ending, this issue does a great job of wrapping things up and opening up plenty of opportunities for the next writer to do something of their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Dec 9, 2013

    As a finale to Geoff Johns on Aquaman, this is a really strong issue. It superbly marks the end of his tenure on the title, wrapping up all the little plots which were in play over the last couple of years, whilst firmly laying down the foundations for the next writer to work from. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 29, 2013

    The story itself is pretty good, though a bit thin at points. There is a lot of action that looks fantastic. By itself, the story is only ok, but as an ending for what Johns has built up, it's a satisfying conclusion. The biggest downside to the issue is inconsistent art. Not bad, but there's just some noticeable issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Dec 2, 2013

    Johns has struck gold again, and this time it was Atlantean. Aquaman #25 is a fair sendoff to a character that Johns breathed life back into. I cant help to have expected a bit more, especially from the scope of the story that was being told. It is a run that will be remembered fondly, and be used to show the deniers that Aquman does more than just talk to fish. The guy is a king! A warrior! Aquaman is worthy of more epic stories. Johns opened the door, and now we have to step through. All hail the king! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 27, 2013

    "Aquaman" #25 is a satisfying conclusion to a storyline and a particular era in the character's history. I've enjoyed Parker's writing on other titles and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with the character. "Aquaman" has proven to be one of the big successes from the New 52, and hopefully that will continue into the 2014. Until then, though, this has been a revitalization of a character that has been fun to swim alongside. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Nov 29, 2013

    Goodbye Aquaman, it was fun. I hope to meet you again some other day, but as for now I feel we need to take a break in our relationship. To see other people, and to explore what else there is to find in the wonderful world of comics. Will we meet again someday? Yes, I think so, but not for a while. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Hero Nuggets - Val "Slavic Storm" Benidze Nov 28, 2013

    Good end to the arc. Great set up for the next arc! Not the best story that's been told in this book, but far from the worst. It really felt like a big build up for this next arc, and the ending left me wanting more"but not more of this story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 30, 2013

    Considering this is Johns' swan song on the title, it doesn't have nearly the punch it should. There are too many defects in execution, and the art isn't strong enough to push past them. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 2, 2013

    Every character has something interesting about them, even if they've been ignored or underutilized for years. That was the main thesis of Geoff Johns's run on Aquaman in the first place, but as Johns concludes his time with that most iconic of Atlanteans, you can't help but feel like much of his potential was untapped. Who is Aquaman? What can he teach us about responsibilities, about bridging cultures, about adopting and reshaping and transcending our own identities, our own preconceived notions? These are heady questions that could have been answered by the King of the Seven Seas - but for now, Aquaman's "epic" battle is more like a drop in the bucket. Read Full Review

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