Aquaman #2

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 47
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"THE DROWNING," Chapter Two: In issue #2, unity between land and sea is Arthur Curry's greatest dream. But Black Manta has a dream too: to destroy everything Aquaman stands for, starting with the sea king's Atlantean embassy and everyone in it.

  • 9.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 8, 2016

    Overall, Aquaman#2 is a very good read. A character that has been the butt of jokes for decades is well and truly back to an impressive standard. Hopefully the writers keep up this quality of writing throughout the rest of Aquaman's Rebirth run, because it could turn out being one of the better ones out of the huge list. Don't dismiss the King of Atlantis anymore folks, Arthur Curry is well and truly back. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Kenny Coburn Jul 7, 2016

    This comic is a great example of how to reboot a comic book series. Anyonecan jump into AQUAMAN #1 and #2 and know exactly who these characters are and what their motivations are. The deeper story of the uneasy trust between two worlds, along with the great art, really makes AQUAMAN one of the best titles to come out of DC Comics' rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 6, 2016

    Abnett is laying some very interesting groundwork and the politically infused direction is a fresh way to go. I'm hoping there's a bit more intrigue in that direction, but we'll see. We've yet to get a real hardcore mix of the two that's as much about process and the dealing as it is fighting supervillains, and it looks like Abnett might be filling that niche. So far, so good though as he's shown he can balance the two worlds quite well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Elliott Cole Jul 6, 2016

    Aquaman #2 is a solid entry into both its own series, and the Rebirth initiative as a whole. It continues what is a great jumping on series for Aquaman newcomers and seasoned fans alike. Dan Abnett is quickly making himself indispensable to the modern pantheon of DC comics creators. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 7, 2016

    Overall then, while it still feels more like a continuation than a quote-unquote Rebirth, I actually rather enjoyed Abnetts run on the New 52 Aquaman, and that enjoyment has most certainly translated to this new series. Abnetts Arthur Curry has a strong, confident voice, and if youve always viewed Aquaman as something of a lesser superhero (damn you, Robot Chicken!) then this series is all but guaranteed to change your mind. Definitely one of the highlights of DCs Rebirth so far, and a series with a huge amount of potential as it moves forwards. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - taschabear Jul 6, 2016

    Many comic book readers have never given Aquaman much credit, especially where credit isdue. “Rebirth” is giving the world an opportunity to get to know this amazing character at a new level and readers should take advantage of that. The coloring has been fluid and clean, and the inking has been precise. The artwork is what I would expect to truly portray the beauty of Atlantis, and the writing has been true to the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jul 12, 2016

    It's another solid issue in what's been a standout series so far, telling stories which reflect the current state of the world without making them seem preachy in any way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jul 6, 2016

    Ultimately I quite liked this issue, it was full of good action, as well as good writing. It highlighted an aspect of Aquaman beyond just his role as a superhero, and focused more on his abilities to inspire and influence people, which are the attributes of a king. While it did much less to establish the people of Atlantis than the last issue, it did present a great representation of Aquaman to new fans and old fans alike. If future issues can continue to give us this confident, thinking hero, I believe that this will be a series to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jul 9, 2016

    Aquaman #2 is the total package from soup to nuts. Abnett co-introduced the modern day Guardians of the Galaxy to the world and Marvel made some major film bucks on that little project. Hopefully, DC films will swim the same currents as Abnett and company because this is some very good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2016

    Aquaman has been a fast starter. With an action-packed opening act, the real challenge will be to see if it can keep this pace up. If so, Aquaman is going to be one of the more exciting of the Rebirth titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 6, 2016

    This is a very good comic. There is a nice balance between story, action and character. Abnett and Co. are developing characters and broadening Aquamans mission for the modern world. Its a good time to read Aquaman and a great time for Aquaman fans. Aquaman is no joke. Its not too late to jump on board. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jul 7, 2016

    The issue redefines Aquaman and his role in the new DC universe, while at the same time, it continues to build the conflict between the two worlds, which I think will be an interesting story that will evolve over time. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jul 7, 2016

    The "new" that this story promises will largely have to wait for the future, but this is still a fun issue in itself and is promising for the series overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 8, 2016

    Aside from the aforementioned fight, not much happens other than Atlanteans escorting surface dwellers to safety. The cliffhanger allows me to believe that Dan Abnett has a grand plan, but I hope he's not already running out of gas. As I said earlier, the twice-monthly shipping schedule probably does prove taxing on creators, so we will have to see how this turns out and hope for the best. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 6, 2016

    An issue consisting of a single fight, no matter how nicely drawn, is still a rip-off. If you're brand new to Aquaman, it will fill in a few plot points, but it's doubtful that this issue will draw in to explore the character further. But if you've got a thing for lots of splashing, then you have found your comic book! Things are exploding and splashing all the time! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 6, 2016

    If you're looking for an emotional action sequence you can't do better. The issue is heavy on the action though, leaving you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jul 6, 2016

    One of the biggest problems with Aquaman is that his character no longer seems fresh. Its a book filled with retread of ideas and clichd plots. The last issue showed promise of trying something different for the character, but with this one were back to the same old. Rebirth was Aquaman's sink or swim momentto do something new and exciting with the character, and so far he's sinking. Aquaman needs to evolve, or hes doomed to stay in the bottom of the sea. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Jul 6, 2016

    Dan Abnett clearly has big plans ahead for Aquaman and the integration of Atlantis in the dry land world, and while those plans were set into motion last issue, this outing feels like a superficial yet obligatory fisticuffs that were hastened into happening. A slower boil on Manta's revenge with a plan more calculating and involved would have changed his paradigm, but it seems his lot is forever to be predictable in his single-minded purpose. While Aquaman seems to have faltered as a character in this issue, Abnett has seeded enough plot points that perhaps he'll redeem himself in time. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Jul 6, 2016

    But most of all, they proved something that by now DC readers are more than familiar with: starting a story is easy, ending it is not. This story started on a good note, promising us a kind of Aquaman story we so rarely get: one that we might think about reading maybe. One that might have sort-of consequences. This ending, one issue after it started, is like drinking sea water. It looked so good from the outside as a thirsty man, but once it goes down you realize it was a horrible mistake and are just left more desperate for a drink than before. Read Full Review

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