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Aquaman #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 22, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 59
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"THE DROWNING" chapter one
Black Manta returns, and as Aquaman attempts to broker lasting peace between Atlantis and the surface world, his greatest foe engineers a plan to destroy everything and everyone the undersea hero loves.
THEY SAID IT: "I'm excited to draw a vast undersea world with all the visual flourishes of fantasy and science fiction that it affords," says artist Brad Walker. "I've done so much work in outer space-based comics, and I love the freedom that affords."

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jun 22, 2016

    Aquaman is beautiful, gorgeous artwork and a story that keeps you interested in what will happen when the sea and land truly meet on political terms for the first time. It's crafted with tons of excitement and fits right into what we need in a comic book title since Geoff Jones picked it up in New 52. Aquaman is back and better than ever! Grab it while you can! Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 5, 2016

    I haven't followed an Aquaman comic since the 1986 limited series that had the radical costume redo. This book has definitely inspired me to follow this series. Great story and characters paired with spectacular artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Jun 30, 2016

    I'm in the camp that Rebirth has been on point so far, with only a small few questionable issues so far. The official #1 of Aquaman has kept me in that camp, despite myself not being so high on the character or his Rebirth issue to begin with. This #1 has made me like Aquaman even more than the new Superman issues have made me like Superman. This was just an all-around fun issue to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 22, 2016

    He's been mishandled and poorly written more often than not, and that's why I think it's so heartening to read Abnett and Walker's take on him " it's very much proof positive that there's no such thing as a bad character, only bad execution. Maybe it's karmic justice that Arthur Curry has the last laugh after all. But it's hard not to be excited when you think about the depth of potential in this title " and best of all, Aquaman has only begun to scratch the surface. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 22, 2016

    I was not familiar with Brad Walkers work before this series. Hes a good artist. He seems to be more in line with Marvel Comics than DC Comics. This is not a criticism. Usually DC Comics goes for the more realist and classical artists. Their execution is usually fine but lacks energy. Not Walkers Aquaman! All of his characters jump off the page! Aquaman really has a lot of hair! Its good stuff! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Tim O'Reilly Jun 24, 2016

    Much of the success of AQUAMAN #1 relies on its ability to distill the best qualities of the character and apply them to the fresh direction of the New 52. It feels familiar at times but not tired, and even at its most derivative, AQUAMAN #1 promises for another fantastic run for Arthur Curry. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 22, 2016

    Abnett will make you care about Atlantean politics and that's saying quite a lot when you stop to think about politics in comics actually working. Aquaman feels fresh and more important than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 23, 2016

    Despite the planet's contentious political climate at the moment, Aquaman yet seeks an accord with we, the land-dwelling folk of the world. This is an engaging and charming story backed up by some dynamite artwork that should really be seen and appreciated. If you walked away from Aquaman for whatever reason, then you might want to take a few tentative steps back, because this issue is certainly worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 22, 2016

    Walker creatively frames the panels making for an immersive viewing experience. His storytelling really works well with an aquatic character as panels flow into one another smoothly. Walker captures the regal air of Aquaman and his subjects subtlety framing the panel to position the Atlanteans looking down or having other characters look up at them. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jun 23, 2016

    When the whole two issues per month thing was first announced, it seemed like a bad idea. Surely the writers and probably even the readers would be exhausted by the accelerated storytelling. It's still too early to tell if that will happen, but when it comes to Aquaman, two weeks between issues already feels too long to wait to find out where Abnett will take us next. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 27, 2016

    This is the most an "Aquaman" issue has made me care about the characters inside in over a decade, and is a great start to the new series Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 21, 2016

    Overall then, this is a fine opening issue that takes its time to establish the new status quo before throwing a Manta-shaped spanner into the works and letting all hell break loose.  For the time being, the threat against Aquaman is fairly conventional (if impressively well-orchestrated), and itll be interesting moving forwards to see whether Abnett can inject anything truly ground-breaking into this series.  Ill definitely be hanging around long enough to find out, thats for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AVN Today - Cris Cole Jun 25, 2016

    In Aquaman #1, Abnett and Walker showcase the constitution and complexity of Arthur Curry as they reintroduce several compelling elements of Aquaman's past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jun 22, 2016

    While Aquaman isnot the overhaul I had hoped for, its still an entertaining book and well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 24, 2016

    Without a doubt, Aquaman #1 serves as a solid debut. If this keeps up, we may be talking about this opening arc much like we did The Trench several years ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 22, 2016

    Aquaman #1 is an exciting and effective first issue for this new series. Framing Aquaman in terms of a world politics is a smart and logical approach. The particulars are ideal because it allows Aquaman to have both a personal as well as public stake in his endeavors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 27, 2016

    Its so good to be enjoying Aquaman again as the Rebirth goodness continues, even deep under the ocean. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 22, 2016

    This first issue may not be the best jumping-on point for new readers because the focus is more geared towards Atlantis rather than exploring just who Aquaman is, but it's still a great read. Aquaman fans will find themselves enjoying this book, as it plays better to people who have a prior background knowledge of the character and his world. It's a solid issue, and I recommend picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 23, 2016

    Aquaman is in good hands and this new series is an excellent continuation of the character's legacy. He may never know the love and respect of mainstream audiences that his counterparts in the Justice League enjoy, but that is not the fault of this creative team. This series shows why Aquaman has endured as a concept for over 70 years and why the character has earned his place among the elite of DC Comics' heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 23, 2016

    It's not a total win, but there's plenty of early promise to suggest more depth beyond these initial waves. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Dave Pecci Jun 22, 2016

    If you are heading to the beach and want a great comic to read in the sun, then this issue will get you pumped up for another entertaining story Aquaman story arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 24, 2016

    We'd love to see some other heroes cross over into Aquaman's story, especially someone like Wonder Woman, who has her own experiences with dealing with lost civilisations. We're intrigued as to where Aquaman #1 will lead to, but we're not exactly captivated like we have been with other #1 issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 22, 2016

    Art issues aside, the first issue is a solid read that sets the ground for what looks like not just an interesting take on Aquaman, but one that really considers all of the facets to the character. I'm looking forward to seeing what Abnett does, I'm just hoping I won't have to overlook the art to do so. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 26, 2016

    Writer Dan Abnett writes a very relatable Aquaman here, not making the mistake other writers have in the past of having him be too aloof and not human enough. My favorite parts of the issue were Arthur and Mera being a supportive couple, proving that yes, married (or just coupled) heroes can indeed be interesting. A lot of potentially new and interesting supporting characters were introduced in this issue as well, and for the first time since Geoff Johns left the title a couple of years back, I think I am all aboard for Aquaman once again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Jun 23, 2016

    Aquaman #1 is a solid start to this new series, being an improvement over the Rebirth one-shot. Introducing an Atlantean embassy, with some explosive twists, the creative team do a marvellous job of setting up the premise behind this opening arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jun 22, 2016

    Ultimately this issue is a lot of set-up for future stories, but done fairly well. I was interested in the new characters that they had introduced, I enjoyed learning a bit more about the Atlantean way of life, and we had some good moments between Aquaman and Mera. If the artwork had been better, I would have been very happy with this issue, but as it stands, this issue is simply a good story with a lot to build on surrounded by odd proportions and incomprehensible facial expressions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 27, 2016

    Strong story and plot, art with lots of potential and a new angle on the superhero who deserves much more respect. A very good first issue... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 23, 2016

    While Abnett repeatedly hammers home his theme of Aquaman not being whole, this first issue doesn't dig deep enough in any one direction to suggest what kind of series this is going to be, or why we might want to see this character put back together in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Jun 22, 2016

    It's a big opener, but it does leave me wondering how strong the follow-up can really be. Potentially intriguing or worrying, this opening act at the very least gives us a strong starting point for a new Aquaman story, if not a guarantee of a starting point for a whole new era for Aquaman himself. As Dustin Cabeal on the Comic Bastards podcast noted, Abnett promises a lot with big talk from Black Manta and failure to follow through on at least some of it could leave bitter disappointment with readers giving a hardly A-team hero another shot at their pocketbook. I'll reserve judgement till the book's next move is revealed and take this issue for what it is, a solid-looking read that delivers more than I imagined Aquaman would. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 24, 2016

    There's some interesting plotting and ideas here, from some supporting characters not being as supporting as you might have first thought to the fact that both Aquaman and Black Manta are trying to spread their conflicting messages to the land-based media assembled for the opening of Spindrift. I'm curious to see where this will go, and how much or little the overall diplomatic mission will remain center stage now that the attack has occurred. While the ideas are good, however, the execution isn't quite up to stuff; things need to sharpen up a bit if "Aquaman" wants to stay afloat with readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 22, 2016

    I don't know what to make of Dan Abnett's Aquaman. I'm not sure Dan Abnett knows what to make of Dan Abnett's Aquaman. There's lip service paid to the still incomplete bridge between land and sea dwellers, which might explain why we're allowed a salacious glimpse into Arthur and Mera's basic-ass "let's have some coffee and enjoy our morning like the humans" sequence in the first place. But I'll be damned if any of it resonates beyond the "wait and see" method of story Abnett has laid out before us. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 22, 2016

    Aquaman #1 is acts as a jump on point for new readers, but at this moment I'm not sure it is a title I'm all that eager to dive into. The team falls short on highlighting the any of the strongest aspects of what makes Aquaman who he is, and the net result is a very straightforward superhero tale that could have featured damn near any one of the Justice Leaguers with a setting change to the U.N. and any stereotypical villain looking for revenge. I have hope that this creative team can head somewhere new and different with this book, I've read better comics with their names on them so I know they are capable, but this is not the best first lap of the pool for Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 27, 2016

    With the amount of comics that DC are pumping out in a month, Aquaman needs to a premium book to escape the following tide. On this issue alone, I think that ship has, unfortunately sailed. Read Full Review

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