Aquaman #23

Aquaman #23

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 17, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 10
7.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"CROWN OF ATLANTIS" part one! Beleaguered by ceaseless conflict with the surface world and rising frustration with their outsider king, the people of Atlantis take steps to depose Arthur from his throne. And he won't let go without a fight! The next major movement of the AQUAMAN saga begins here!

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 18, 2017

    If you have yet to give this book a try, Aquaman #23 is a perfect entry point to the world of Atlantis. The writing is as complex and action-packed as any political thriller. The artwork flat-out looks amazing. This is one of the best books on the stands and that's no fish story! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina May 17, 2017

    "We see their wars. Their poverty. The corrosion of their culture. Their wild metahumans and their degenerate leaders. You think yourself progressive, but you are part of the blight we seek to avoid." Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick May 17, 2017

    All in all, Aquaman #23 is a very strong opening chapter to what feels like an arc that will have consequences moving forward even as it uses the opportunity to comment on our own times and dig a little deeper than your typical super-hero slugfest. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 17, 2017

    Aquaman is the only DC comic that can make political jockeying interesting. I'm very curious where Abnett takes the story next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis May 19, 2017

    Scot Eaton continues to draw a clean and effective Aquaman although characters hair could be flowing much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bad Manta - Josh West May 17, 2017

    Aquaman #23 starts a new story arc that finally puts the focus on Aquaman's role as King of Atlantis. With well-written dialogue, a unique plot, and good art, this issue sets the "Crown of Atlantis" arc off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey May 17, 2017

    A scandal is upon us, and the King is going to have to fight to secure his throne. Abnett is filling the reader up with a million questions, and when those answers come around, it's going to be immensely satisfying. A perfect time to jump on board, if you've been wanting to get into Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - JJ Travers May 17, 2017

    There's a gang of ten plus assailants against Arthur and Mera; things aren't looking particularly good for them. Yet because one man yielded it's suddenly a time out to a life or death fight. I'm going to need more than that to fully buy in. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway May 17, 2017

    If you're not getting enough politics in your waking life, well here's an extra-heapin' helpin' in your comic books. Art is phenomenal, but while the story's concept is intriguing, this bloated take is probably not integral to the arc. Save your three bucks, unless you're a completest (you're a completest, you know it and I know it.) Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    The Brazen Bull - Evan Kiick May 17, 2017

    I'm glad the fight scene was as good as it was, but looking back the whole thing was unnecessary. The High Council could have just waited for Aquaman's arrival in the throne room but whatever. I guess I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. At least the pictures were fun to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Supes' soups May 17, 2017

    Crown of Atlantis seems to hold some weight unlike H2.0 which was kind of stupid. Deadwater was never that interesting of a villain, (more of a mindless sea-monster really) so why bring him back so soon? If was a weak way to end the New 52 run of Aquaman and less than a year out he makes an unwelcome reappearance. I was genuinely worried that the writers had run out of options for Aquaman but with this issue, I feel ok. It's political but not as in your face as X-Men Gold or Secret Empire or even Green Arrow which has become a little bit of liberal propaganda. Atlantis populists have genuine concerns about protecting their home and they feel Arthur is not up to snuff and "out of touch" with the common Atlantean, (sound familiar?). It touches on some of the current political sentiment without drawing too many parallels which can be a turn-off regardless of the opinions you hold. Honestly let's see where this goes, color me intrigued. And afterwards, it looks like Dolphin is gonna make her Rebirth debut which I'm excited about because let's be honest, Rebirth is all about bringing back characters and continuity that we've missed.

  • 9.0
    Briton May 27, 2017

    This is back to its best after the disappointing last arc. Plenty of Atlantis and its supporting characters.

  • 9.0
    Average Joe Jun 26, 2017

    I am extremely satisfied with the direction the story is taking us. I also appreciate that both sides have a genuiney debatable opinion, something rarely seen in comics now (Civil War2).

  • 8.0
    Jack's Yattering Jun 2, 2017

    SCORE: 8

  • 8.0
    ModestMoonMan Aug 5, 2017

    While we all knew it was too good to last forever, Abnett weaves an emotional overthrow of Arthur as king. Some good scenes here and the art stands on its own.

  • 9.5
    drdrot May 18, 2017

  • 9.0
    T.K. Aug 19, 2017

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 May 18, 2017

  • 8.0
    letskillrobots May 24, 2017

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 May 17, 2017

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