Aquaman #25

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Stjepan Sejic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 29
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9.4User Rating

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"UNDERWORLD" part one! In this extra-sized anniversary issue, former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands-and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. A whole new era of AQUAMAN begins as master storyteller Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone, Death Vigil) joins series writer Dan Abnett for Arthur's boldest and most harrowing adventure yet!

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    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 24, 2017

    Of course, the best part of this comic is the art by Stepan Sejic. It seems that DC Comics really wants Aquaman to shine, now that he will become a popular movie hero. The publisher is putting its best talent behind this series and willing to reduce its publication from twice a month to one so that it can have solid work for this series. I do hope that Abnetts script will be strong enough to create a memorable Aquaman run similar to Greg Ruckas Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

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    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 21, 2017

    You don’t often hear words like “sexy” or “beautiful” in regards to an Aquaman comic book, but the sheer talent on display in #25 cannot be denied, even by the staunchest of Aquaman haters. Dan Abnett completely tore apart Arthur’s world, and is now showing us just how a hero and king without a throne operates in a world that has seemingly abandoned him. Couple that new, propulsive direction with the smoothly engaging and often vapor-inducing artwork of Stjepan Sejic, and you have a title that has leveled up in a big, big way. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 21, 2017

    I've been a huge fan of this run since it started. It's been strong nearly every issue, but now it's starting to read like Abnett is shaking up expectations in an organic way. This is as clean a jump-on point as readers could ask for and at this high a quality, it's definitely time to find space on the Aquaman bandwagon. Read Full Review

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    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 27, 2017

    With Aquaman's appearance in the up and coming Justice League movie gaining a lot attention, it's about time that DC got around to showing Arthur Curry and his fans, some love. With Abnett and Sejic on board, it is now safe to go back into the water. Read Full Review

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    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 21, 2017

    For DC to choose to address fascism and dictatorship with its title character not in the fascist role may already put this effort far ahead of their competitions attempts, but the reality Abnett and Sejic instill in every panel and page is what truly elevates this title to the top of pile for the foreseeable future. Aquaman is dead. Long live Aquaman, I say. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman #25 delivers a promising new direction for the series while still utilizing the solid foundation of the previous arcs. There's nothing not to love here, and if you've been waiting to jump on board, your wait is over. Read Full Review

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    On Comics Ground - James Portis Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman #25 is like I said, an amazing fresh start. Some might say it was done to make Arthur look like Jason Mamoa, but in the same way Lazarus Contract was Dan Abnett's way of retelling Judas Contract, this feels like his attempt at the exile Arthur went throught in the early 2000's. This first issue was simply perfect in every way, ushering in a new age of not just Atlantis, but for Aquaman himself. Read Full Review

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    Outright Geekery - Lucas Rivas Jul 24, 2017

    In conclusion this was visually appealing and story engaging book. As a result I truly had fun reading it. Jumping from panel to panel throughout the book my excitement grew. Strongly recommend this book. The main reason I'm reviewing is to put the word out there about this master piece. Worth every penny I spent on it " I can't wait to read on and see how this story unfolds. Read Full Review

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    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 28, 2017

    This comic was well worth your time. Aquaman has been one of the narrative powerhouses of Rebirth, and it remains that here. Pick up Aquaman #25. It kicks off a new era for Aquaman, and it looks like its going to be another good one. Read Full Review

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    IGN - Blair Marnell Jun 22, 2017

    This issue fulfilled the promise of DC Universe Rebirth, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here. Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jun 22, 2017

    Pun intended, "Aquaman" #25 blew me out of the water. Abnett has upped his game to match the masterful Sejic, and both have delivered a great fantasy/superhero comic. Read Full Review

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    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 22, 2017

    As Arthur Curry finds himself deposed, a new king rises in Atlantis; one named Stjepan Sejic. This single issue puts Sejic in the running to be the definitive Aquaman artist for years to come and he comes aboard at a particularly strong moment in Dan Abnett's run with the character. Though it suffers slightly for its expository dialogue and some unexplained plot points, this issue gives life and depth to Atlantis and those who inhabit it.This is not an Aquaman #1 in disguise, nor is it even really the start of a new story. Instead this is a watershed moment in an ongoing story, but its such a fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful one as to draw in new and old readers alike. Aquaman #25 makes classic Aquaman feel new, expansive, and intelligent. Read Full Review

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    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman has been always one of the better written titles in the post-Rebirth DC Universe, but after twenty-five issues, it finally has what feels like the perfect artist to work alongside Abnett on this dark, politically charged story. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Eric Cline Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman #25 is a strong, beautifully illustrated beginning to a new era for the King of Atlantis. Read Full Review

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    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Jun 22, 2017

    Visually, Aquaman #25 is a stunner. Stjepan Sevic's intricate pencils bring Atlantis to teeming life. He creates a vast metropolis that genuinely feels lived in, a feat that artists in previous issues couldn't quite deliver. His art keeps things going whenever Abnett's script falters. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Aquaman is once again rocking long hair and a beard. His lush colors, with their maritime tone, are an excellent fit for his pencils. Altogether, the art elevates Aquaman #25 into something truly memorable. Read Full Review

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    The Brazen Bull - admin Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman is back, and better than ever. I'm aware that aside from the artist, not a whole lot has changed here, but this issue feels wildly different than its predecessors. Read Full Review

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    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman #25 was worth the wait t get into this new story arc, and to have one of the best artists you could ask for on a book like this. This is a familiar story with unique qualities to it. I will say it didn't quite feel like an anniversary issue, but that didn't stop it from being a great issue in general. Underworld should be worth seeing through to the end. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 21, 2017

    This beautifully-rendered book is a worthwhile buy based on the art alone. The story is a little flaccid, but does advance the story somewhat from last issue when Corum Rath took the Atlantean crown. Plus, Aquaman grows his hair and beard out as will be necessary for this crossover with Metal this Summer. So that's a thing. Read Full Review

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    The Beat - Alexander Lu Jun 21, 2017

    Aquaman #25 is more than the beginning of a new arc. It's the beginning of a new era for Aquaman. Oft-maligned but even more often without purpose, Arthur finally has a cause that feels important to our era. Read Full Review

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    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 24, 2017

    Aquaman #25 is a perfect jumping on point for a reader like me, who mostly just wants to marvel atStjepan Sejic's work, but also wants to get back into Aquaman. Looks like the start of a fine story. Read Full Review

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    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey Jun 21, 2017

    New art, new plot, and a new Aquaman. Set in a tyrannical police state, Dan is taking Aquaman in a whole new direction. The big question is will it work? Even though the art was gorgeous and set the tone really well, something didn't feel quite right. The plot was too rushed to feel like a natural progression of events. They should have stated that more time had passed to make the reader truly feel that this is a new world we are diving into. The setting is amazing, and we get to explore unseen parts of Atlantis. It's definitely good enough to keep reading and I'm excited to see where it goes, and maybe after an issue or two more the story will find its niche. Read Full Review

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    Supes' soups Jun 21, 2017

    Now that's what I'm talkin bout!! This art is bee's knees and the kitty's tittys. We get some call back to A-man's history and obviously Dolphin's return. Another awkward reunion with Garth in the future? I mean Wally is already having Linda trouble, why not Garth? We can't all hit on Donna Troy..can we? Dolphin's return is actually a huge welcome. I'm glad DC is slowly but surely bringing back some of our favorite characters that sat out the New 52 fiasco. Now how bout Jade, classic JSA, and giving some love to Martian Manhunter who deserves his own title with a solid creative team (As well as Swamp Thing). Zatanna also makes an appearance with last week's Detective, so the universe that was a mess is slowly coming back together. Oh and I more

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    Odin06 Jun 22, 2017

    Excellent job in terms of writing and art. Personally, I didn´t like Abnett work of the character so far, and by each issue, I missed Geoff Johns" run more. Abnett’s Aquaman, to me, was to “Surface focused” an didn´t pass the image of a true king. Sometimes, I could even notice the terrible agendas that have infested Marvel in the last years. The whole idea of Arthur naming a regent to the kingdom and his “progressive ideas” was ridiculous and completely misplaced in my opinion.

    But now, I was really pleased with the direction the whole Aquaman universe is taking. Not only Aquaman is changing back to a more strong willed character, but there is a better development of Atlantis its culture and its powerful magic, some more

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    drdrot Jun 21, 2017

    brilliant and beautiful.

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    Jocka Jun 21, 2017

    This looks like an absolutely amazing start with shoutouts to pre 52 stuff. Absolutely loved it.

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    jess212 Jun 21, 2017

    I am a fan Stjepan Sejic's Art so I am biased in that the art alone would justify the purchase of Aquaman #25. But when, coupled with Dab Abnett's prowess in telling compelling political dramas within the world of Aquaman we have a truly unmissable tale in my humble opinion. I have never quite gravitated towards Aquaman till Geoff johns and Dan Abnett sought to raise the profile of the character . I have enjoyed and sometimes loved this run. So far, this issue brings us to new depths and is a great jumping on point for those in interested in taking the plunge into Aquaman's world if nothing else the art will delight and Astonish. For fan like myself this issue is a perfect way to kick off this arc.

  • 9.5
    Jack's Yattering Jun 21, 2017

    I've said it before: the current run of AQUAMAN, by Dan Abnett is my favorite in all the years I've been reading comics. That said, AQUAMAN #25 has surpassed anything done in this run while being firmly rooted in and growing from what has been laid out in the previous 24 issues (plus a few issues from before REBIRTH). Stjepan Sejic's introduction to the series could not have been better timed...beautiful work. However, while the art is amazing, it isn't the only reason for the positive reviews that AQUAMAN #25 is receiving (definitely not in my case,at least). Here, the art only serves to make an already great issue damn near perfect. Wow.
    SCORE: 9.3

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    Briton Jun 28, 2017

    I'll go so far as to say this is the best artwork I've ever seen. Added to Abnett's writing, this issue is a masterpiece.

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    ModestMoonMan Aug 3, 2017

    Highly enjoy the underworld slums of Atlantis setting. Aquaman hiding out as a vigilante type is a nice twist as well. Beautiful artwork, one of the best looking issues I read this week.

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    N3ph1l1m Jun 24, 2017

    Like a lot of people aquaman never seemed like an exciting hero. I made all the same jokes about him that the comics actually joke about... "Super power of talking to fish... Right".

    Now he's become one of my favorite reads. While the left right political undertones are sometimes nauseating... They fit the character's world and growth so well that I have actually grown in my own views because of the great way they are presented.

    Aquaman is the King no one wants but who's intentions are for what's best for his people and this book shows that regardless of what they believe of him, and even after dethroning and "murdering" him, he will stay and fight for his people even while they curse him.

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  • 8.0
    thecomiccookebook Jun 21, 2017

    Pretty great jumping on point. Art alone by Sejic makes this book worth getting. I am not particularly familiar with any of the side characters of Aquaman besides Black Manta and Mera so there were a few moments with the side characters I didn't care about. The story looks like it will be exciting to read in trade.

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