Aquaman #6

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 22, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 22
7.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Who sank Atlantis? Mera, the beautiful Atlantean assassin trained in the Bermuda Triangle, follows a trail of death and deceit to the one man who knows the ugly truth. But what does he want in return for his secrets and how does it all tie into Mera's own dark past?

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Feb 23, 2012

    Aquaman is one of the better titles in DC's new 52 lineup that is actually doing a good job with rebooting is line. We haven't actually started over, but Aquaman's story isdefinitelyjust beginning. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Feb 29, 2012

    As always, I can't recommend this series enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 24, 2012

    Hopefully this series will continue to mend that reputation. Aquaman is one of the earliest superheroes I encountered, and he's long been a favorite. It's great to see him getting first-class treatment at the hands of some of DC's best creators. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Feb 24, 2012

    Mera could have been launched a couple years ago as one of DC's leadng ladies, but that didn't happen. That makes this the best readers are going to get with her. Yes, she is now just the title character's wife, but she is still a strong and compelling character when given the chance, as she is in this issue. Aquaman continues to be one of the better books out of DC's New 52, and it just may be my favorite out of Geoff Johns' current stable of titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 23, 2012

    Joe Prado’s art is good, solid, workingman’s comic book art. Nothing here is flashy, nothing particularly dazzling, but the lines are strong and it tells the story. Prado is particularly good at movement, especially when dealing with Mera’s control of water. He gets across the point of just how powerful Mera’s abilities are and how dangerous she can be. This kind of work is rare because it doesn’t come with any pomp or pretention. It may not make a statement, but Prado’s pencils illustrate Johns’ thoughts in a visually appealing way. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 27, 2012

    This quickly transitions into a series of altercations that makes her question what Aquaman sees in people. The art and script went hand-in-hand on presenting Mera as a badass who is not to be trifled with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 22, 2012

    Super awesome! Aside from my problems with the art, Aquaman continues to be one of my favorite books of the new 52. This issue was all about Mera and storywise, it is just as good, if not better than the rest of the series. It's so good and Mera is such a stand-out character that I'd love to read a Mera mini-series, as long as Johns or someone just as awesome is writing it. We get a feel for the new Mera and get to see just how powerful she truly is. I highly recommend this issue and series! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Feb 22, 2012

    For fans that have been enjoying this series, Aquaman #6 is still an enjoyable intermission. However, I feel it's one of the weakest entries in the series yet. The blame can be placed on both Geoff Johns and Joe Prado's shoulders, as the story doesn't really provide anything meaty outside a touching tale about how not all humans are evil, and the artwork just never seems to find its comfort zone. Let's hope the mystery of Atlantis' sinking next month kick-starts this series into greatness once again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 23, 2012

    A light, breezy issue which introduces a few dramatic overtones to the title's second banana; the art, however, takes a step down, making the issue suffer more than it needed to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Feb 24, 2012

    All in all, it was still a great issue. Mera's show of force is so much fun to read, and Ivan Reis' artwork is fantastic in conveying the action. The water looks like it's moving and has more density than normal, facial expressions are rich and textured, while the lanscapes are subtly shaded and colored. Unfortunately, exceptional art can't save the story from being a tad boring. I'll wait patiently to get back to Atlantis' origins...until next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Feb 25, 2012

    The flashback scenes work to show that perhaps Mera and Aquaman are closer to each other than what the reader originally thought. It reveals Mera's origin, while at the same time, how she managed to get to where she is today all through her conviction of character and personality. These add an emotional resonance to the issue that the cliche resolution fails to provide. The flashback has dynamic - but the scenes in the present lack impact because we can see it coming. This issue is a fun distraction from the main storyline, and I hope to see more Mera stories told: I just hope they aren't as one-note as this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Feb 23, 2012

    While Arthur’s away, her queen will play! As Mera tries to interact and somehow fit in with the townsfolk, she proves that she’s not a woman you want to antagonize. Her great strength & water manipulation powers are an awesome sight and would put the aliens from The Abyss to shame. Not a bad issue from the team of Johns, Prado & Reis. From DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 23, 2012

    "Aquaman" #6 isn't a bad issue, but it's awfully predictable and feels dumbed down in places. The first incident feels ridiculous, and the second one has an ending you'll see coming a mile away. I like the idea of Mera getting a solo outing here and the flashback moments we get are by far and away the best part of the issue. Overall, I expected a lot more from this issue than what we actually good. Not bad, but it could have been better, too. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 23, 2012

    The only thing that keeps this book from being a complete loss are the moments where we see Mera cut loose with her powers. But that does little to redeem Aquaman #6. Mera is a cool character, she and the reader deserve better. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Feb 29, 2012

    Whereas the art works and one scene isn't all too bad, it is not what you expect from a comic that seems to do well in the sales charts. Much like the bombastic and meaningless Michael Bay directed Transformers films, Aquaman trundles on with absolutely no purpose. It's characters come off more like caricatures than believable protagonists and it is a shame. You can target a large market share and still deliver intelligent, well structured and entertaining stories. But Johns has forgotten this and has decided on delivering the lowest common denominator for his easy to digest issues. For this title to have such a high profile is as depressing as knowing Transformers: Dark of The Moon was one of the highest grossing films of last year. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...