Aquaman #5

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 23
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Aquaman has been left for dead in the middle of the desert! But how did the King of Atlantis find himself marooned in such a hellish environment? As Aquaman struggles to survive impossible odds, what extreme measures will he resort to in order to stay alive?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 25, 2012

    Super-awesome, amazing, fantastic, and other positive adjectives book! This book keeps getting better and better, and it's become one of my favorite on-going comic books from any company. I loved the story in this issue and how we get to see more of where Atlantis came from. Plus, Aquaman becomes more relate-able after a conversation with his father. Lastly, I thought the four opening pages to this book were pure perfection. The only real problems I had with the issue was it did kind of drag at one point and I despised the cover. Other than that, it was pure perfection reading. I highly IGHLY recommend this book! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Feb 2, 2012

    I'm very excited to see where Johns goes with Aquaman. There's obviously something big coming, and knowing Geoff Johns, that big thing is going to blow us all away! Back in 30! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Jan 27, 2012

    I've said this before, and I'm bound to say it again: 'Aquaman' is everything one could hope for in an on-going series. I can't recommend it enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 26, 2012

    This issue has solidified Aquaman as one of the premier titles of the 'New 52.' Letting the first four issues set up Aquaman's world before diving into the origins of Atlantis was a fantastic strategy and it's allowed for Arthur Curry to develop at a pace more fitting in this new era of comic books. Where once readers needed only a few pages and a narrative exposition to give them characterization, it now takes whole arcs to flesh out characters, as well it should. Johns understands the craftsmanship behind developing a character beyond their most prevalent elements. Of course Superman can fly, but how does he feel about the national debt crisis? Wonder Woman flies an invisible jet, so does she have a license? These anecdotes might seem trite, but they serve as examples for the kind of ideas Johns is using to create a deeper, richer character experience. And Aquaman is all the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 28, 2012

    It's going to be interesting to see where it goes from here! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Jan 25, 2012

    While I enjoyed the end of "The Trench" storyline, I will admit that the series lost a little bit of steam by the end of that story. Thankfully, Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis have managed to suck me back in with the start of their latest story arc. Aquaman #5 is an incredibly well drawn comic that sets up an sure-to-be epic storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 30, 2012

    While more complete and substantial than most issues, ultimately this one still serves as a prelude to a bigger story, albeit a very good one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 27, 2012

    The first page of this comic starts with a bang as Aquaman is free falling from the sky and crash lands in the middle of a desert. What a way to start a comic! We get some armed assailants who steal the mysterious artifact from the navy, some insight on Arthur’s past and Atlantis’ connection to The Trench. Geoff Johns (Justice League) & Ivan Reis (Blackest Night) keep dishing out the goods as one of The New 52’s best title. Reis’ illustrations with some very talented inkers & colorists burst out on every page. From DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 25, 2012

    This issue brings twenty-two pages of story (as opposed to the "new" standard of twenty) and gives us a complete tale in this issue. Plenty of mysteries and plot threads are started for the upcoming issues as the mystery of Atlantis continues to deepen. This title is a fun read with outrageous adventures that, as this issue proves, are unpredictable. Johns and company have found the way to make "Aquaman" a great title, and they've even done so without relying on any of Aquaman's traditional foes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Feb 21, 2012

    Johns and Reis have made the most of this New 52 to bring Aquaman front and centre: while this issue had problems, it still stands as an enjoyable read and will not tarnish its Top 10 success. This issue ebbed and flowed, but ends with things definitely on the high tide. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 30, 2012

    For the first 20 pages, I thought I was reading a winner. Great art, accessible concept, tons of room for Aquaman to learn and grow and stretch himself, and to bring readers along for the ride. Instead, all of this immaculate setup came to nothing, being blown off for a cheap gag that belittled the very character we're supposed to invest in. There are plenty of reasons to deviate from structure in a story, but only if it's for a greater good. The end result for Aquaman came out as more fishy than fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 31, 2012

    This ham-fisted attempt at censorship is the worst thing about Aquaman#5. Mera's naked and hasn't any hangups about nudity. If that's supposed to be a sheet covering Mera's breast, it's badly illustrated and just smacks of last minute anti-titilation. What's really the point of that? Protect us from nipples if you want, but don't insult my intelligence. Why not simply simply cut the panel here? Read Full Review

  • 3.4
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 27, 2012

    Instead, he gets to draw a lot of sand, and we are left with a bratty, emo Aquaman, surrounded by douchebags laughing at him, and Mera having no real characteristics besides “worried wife.” At least there's a dog. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Feb 3, 2012

    But again it's just pretty window-dressing to an otherwise hollow book. It's formulaic, contrived and bland. Even the mysteries of Atlantis don't really entice. With so many other books in DC's canon that create compelling solo hero adventures, it's quite remarkable that this hasn't been cancelled to make way for something better. It could only be that people are happy to see Aquaman in his own book no matter what kind of story is being told. Read Full Review

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