Aquaman #43

Aquaman #43

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Trevor McCarthy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 26, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 10
7.2Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Since his exile from Atlantis, Aquaman has been exhibiting strange new powers. Now learn the secret of these powers as the former king comes face-to-face with Poseidon! And as the Atlantis of old wages war on Earth, the forces behind Arthur and Meras estrangement are revealed! All is not what it seems...

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Aug 26, 2015

    It is the ending which actually gives this some hope. Although this is told in a somewhat confusing manner at times between the “Then” and “Now” it still manages to give a glimpse of what Cullen Bunn might be capable of here. After it should not be expected that he write exactly like Johns, and there are glimpses of him doing right by this series, even if his introduction to it is a lot of what has been seen before. For the moment, it is worth a chance and worth a look, although it could still really go either way. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 27, 2015

    Aquaman didn't really need a status quo shake-up, but the series got one anyway thanks to DC You. The book's new direction is unfolding well enough under Cullen Bunn's hand, with a renewed emphasis on Arthur as a loner and the divide between he and Mera. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 31, 2015

    Aquaman #43 deliveredexcellent straight up action/adventure super hero fun. This title has quickly become one of my favorite DC comics currently on the market. Bunn is delivering a classic super hero tale that should appeal to a wide range of readers. This is definitely a title that is worth giving a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 27, 2015

    I have not liked this story at all, so believe me when I tell you that this is the best that we've gotten so far from the writing and the art.  There are still problems throughout the overall story that I hope get resolved and the art is something that I'll never be able to get behind, but both aspects to this issue improve from what we've been given so far from this creative team.   Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Supes' soups Aug 27, 2015

    I liked this issue, it's starting to connect the dots from the end of New 52 to post-New 52. Enjoyed Poseidon's cameo but the reveal at the end is the big kicker. Also, we finally know that the new Triton Aquaman is wielding is really Poseidon's, so yea it's not a toy. Aquaman remains the most fun of out of all the solo titles of Justice League members. I always know what I'm getting when I pick up an issue of Aquaman, plain dumb fun. And I like it that way.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Aug 29, 2015

    A little confusing.

  • 7.5

    SPOILERS My favorite thing about this issue was the connection to the Greek Gods and the world of Wonder Woman that Azzarello molded. I liked that we finally learn about his new look and where it came from. Poseidon! Very cool. The art was a little spotty for me but it wasn’t bad. It’s interesting that it’s both Trevor McCarthy and Jesus Merino. They seemed to blend well. I really didn’t like Mera’s characterization. I thought it was so wrong. I thought that maybe the scene I’m talking about happened in the past, earlier on their relationship or something. I was glad for the reveal at the end, though I wasn’t really to impressed. Just very familiar. I understand it’s not easy to impress and surprise readers, so I’m not being judgemental, just is what it is. Maybe it could’ve been something else, or someone else? The story isn’t bad either so far, but I do feel the book needs a little something to bump up it’s value to me. Wether it’s art or an additional element in the storytelling. Here’s something that sometimes works, add an unexpected element, like a new character that you wouldn’t expect, some new supporting cast-member, or change the tone or genre of the book? I suppose they are kinda doing these things. Change in costume, Poseidon, introducing Garth, this other Atlantis, situation with Mera … idk, give me more of this. Break more stuff, more risks! 3.5 STARS, 7.5 out of 10 =====

  • 6.5
    drdrot Aug 26, 2015

    I am a big Aquaman fan, so it pains me to rate this issue so low. The high point was the reveal at the end, which was a fun, soap opera-ish twist. But the rest of the issue was spotty at best. We had adversaries introduced to battle Aquaman and the characters are completely throwaway. We don't see them in action and so they are absolutely superfluous to the story. Easily this storyline could have had an additional issue to focus on the battle and introduce these characters. Look at what was done with the recent Flash Annual. I am not big on the Atlantis-based storylines unless it breaks new ground. This storyline isn't doing that. I am seeing glimpses of past bad writing for this character. I think Cullen Bunn is writing several books and I think this book is showing as not getting the attention it deserves. I am hoping next issue turns it around and the stories are fleshed out better than this current arc.

  • 5.0
    Gizmo Sep 6, 2015

    There is very little to praise in this issue; we finally find out why Mera is so out of character on the last page (about friggin' time), so that is the biggest plus. I can only hope that this gets better now that we have a direction established and we, hopefully, won't be hopping timelines like a child playing hop-scotch anymore. I also liked the fancy panel borders in the flashbacks, and I also like Poseidon. Events surrounding Poseidon are flaky though, Aquaman has never come to him before in the New52 continuity, but it seems like he could have done so at any point in time; funny that it hasn't come up before now and that there is literally no build up to it now that it has. There are also a couple times were the dialog suggests an action that I cannot see or make sense of, so that is problematic on a technical level when reading a comic. Don't start reading Aquaman now if you aren't already. If you are already reading it, well... it may be time to consider jumping ship...

  • 1.5
    letskillrobots Jan 12, 2017

    omg he called fish his friends in this one

  • 7.5
    Juanpk26 Aug 26, 2015

  • 7.5
    Cefernina Aug 27, 2015

  • 7.5
    Redeadhood Sep 4, 2015

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Aug 26, 2015

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