Aquaman #31

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Sean Parsons, Paul Pelletier Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The King of Atlantis vs. the Avatar of the Green! Its Aquaman against Swamp Thing, with countless lives hanging in the balance! But why and what does this mean for rest of The New 52? Find out here!

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jun 2, 2014

    There's still more to go to this whole thing and I'm off half a mind to just go and read Charles Soule's relevant issues of Swamp Thing, so that's a huge plus there I think. Plus it seems like things are really beginning to heat-up at Triton Base and that Coombs is gonna be back very soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 29, 2014

    Parker doesn't neglect his other brewing plot threads despite the brief crossover. There's continued momentum on the Mera front s she investigates her own attempted assassination. Parker provides a compelling new glimpse of Atlantean society and its social stratas here.And there's more mystery and horror aboard Triton Base to balance out the book. The issue does feel a bit choppy in that the three segments don't really have any interplay and read more like three separate stories. But Aquaman is never guilty of failing to entertain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 30, 2014

    Aquaman #31 is another strong chapter in an excellent series. Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier give readers an interesting story featuring the titular character and Swamp Thing, and Alvaro Martinez works well with Parker to continue the Mera storyline. This is a solid issue from start to finish, and I highly recommend Swamp Thing readers pick it up to see how the crossover begins. They just might become Aquaman readers… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 28, 2014

    AQUAMAN continues to be a pretty fun book. However, the real highlight of this issue is Mera's story as she tries to find out who is killing her. While the Swamp Thing and Aquaman battle is pretty pleasing to read, it feels like the reason for it happening is pretty weak and not well explained. AQUAMAN is still worth your time and money as Parker continues his run though. Overall, I recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jonathan Closner May 28, 2014

    Aquaman #31 is a team up that I have been waiting to see for a long time. It has lived up to all my nerd fantasies as to what would happen if Swamp Thing went toe to toe with Aquaman and boy did it deliver. As always Paul Pelletier delivers great art to a great story this is becoming one of the best Aquaman runs of all time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 2, 2014

    A lot of activity in this issue, most of it fun and productive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 29, 2014

    Aquaman #31 is juggling two separate but equally interesting stories between Arthur and Mera that could possibly hold their own titles. Tightened up within a single issue, you've got a book that's well worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 30, 2014

    "Aquaman" #31 is just another fine example of what Jeff Parker; Paul Pelletier and inker Sean Parsons; Alvaro Martinez and inker Raul Fernandez; Rain Beredo and Travis Lanham bring to this title. While each of these professionals present remarkable work alone, the true collaboration of comics shines through when combined. This is what comic books are all about and this team is able to express that completely. The best part about it all is that Parker never makes "Aquaman" #31 feel like the latest part of a infinite storyline, this is simply an Aquaman story where he meets Swamp Thing and they fight. The main plot and the subplot may tie into other issues, but Parker gives the readers everything they need to enjoy this as a standalone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 31, 2014

    If you are reading Aquaman, then you will enjoy this issue for what it promises down the road.  If you are a new reader, you will see this issue for what it is...pure setup.  Aquaman and Swamp Thing are supposed to be the draw, but I'm more interested in Mera and Triton Base.  I can't wait until Jeff Parker brings it all together, I just wish it was with a different artist. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jun 10, 2014

    It's a decent story. Not a great one, but a decent one, and I am enjoying this run of Aquaman overall. It may the best treatment he's gotten since way back when Peter David wrote him in the 90's. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier May 29, 2014

    This issue shows the feuding characters using their powers in unique and fun ways. Parkers use of Swamp Thing is true to the character. The art team nails the two main settings in the book making this an eye catching read. The central point of the miscommunication is a little thin, however, to its credit the crossover does continue into Swamp Thing 32. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 29, 2014

    This issue is an aberration from a team that has been taking the title in a solid and interesting direction, and there's some of that on display here that is intriguing, here's hoping the next issue finds them integrating all this stuff into a more cohesive whole. Read Full Review

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