Aquaman #3

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 43
7.3Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

"THE DROWNING," Chapter Three: In issue #3, Aquaman's mission of peace is dealt a devastating blow when Atlantean terrorists attack the surface world in retribution for Black Manta's deadly assault on their embassy.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 20, 2016

    As good as the first 2 issues have been, Aquaman #3 has gotten even better. The choice to develop the political drama has enable the book to go beyond the basic comic and comment on the world in which we live. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 2, 2016

    That said, he still maintains to be a light hearted character with humour and optimism. And this seems to be a running theme with all of DC Comics Rebirth titles at the moment. They're all consistently trying to fit in and reignite the legacy of heroes that was essentially lost during The New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jul 20, 2016

    Aquaman. Yes, he's cool. Yes, he's a military king and yes, you need to read this series if you love DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jul 21, 2016

    Who knew Aquaman: Political Drama could be such a thrilling series idea? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jul 25, 2016

    It's been a few months now since the Rebirth kicked in, and many of the titles have misfired. The potential of a new, hopeful future for DC has looked increasingly bleak. They say that the best leaders lead by example, and Aquaman, both as a character and a series, is doing that. He may be the unlikeliest of flagship heroes, but Aquaman continues to lead the way with its bright, optimistic tone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    Aquaman hasnt had an off issue yet. Even with the shift from the action-oriented feel, it remains a reliable DC Rebirth title. At the midway point of The Drowning Circle, the storyline hasnt lost any steam. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Jul 20, 2016

    Aquaman continues to be a standout amongst the Rebirth books, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Great characterization, a tether to real world issues, and a healthy dose of self-aware humor all make Aquaman a must have for your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 20, 2016

    If you dig the idea of Aquaman as the head of state and political aspects of the character, this is a fresh and fun take on that. I'm digging it and want to see where Abnett takes it. We just need more consistent art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 20, 2016

    Black Manta steals the show in this issue as his new direction is compelling. The art overall is spot on and great at delivering the emotional tether needed for the scenes to work. Read Full Review

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

    Ultimately this issue was fairly underwhelming. Several things are set up for future issues, but on its own, this issue does very little to prove itself as more than a stop gap between plot points. The bit of story that we get is good, and the art is serviceable, but it's hard to really recommend this issue other than to people who would have bought it for the ongoing story anyway. While not a bad issue, it certainly does not set itself out as anything other than moving some plot points along, and definitely won't win over any new readers. I had previously thought that the plot may have been moving slowly because of the focus on set up and fight scenes in the first two issues, but it seems like this may be an ongoing issue with the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 20, 2016

    These issues aside, Abnetts underlying storyline – Arthur trying to advance Atlantis onto the world political stage – has some real legs, so it's doubly disappointing to see this latest issue derailed by some frankly lacklustre artwork.  While its certainly not enough to write off a series that has undoubtedly impressed during the early months of DCs Rebirth, it does however serve as a disappointing stumble for what was shaping up to be an impressive new story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 20, 2016

    There's plenty of action with Black Manta and his terrorists. The only drawback? Aquaman himself doesn't do jack this entire issue, a point driven painfully home by the issue's final page. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 20, 2016

    An uneven story and mediocre artwork result in a middle-of-the-road score. I really hope this book gets going, because here at the third issue I feel like we've gotten almost nowhere. There's a scene with Black Manta that's pretty cool, so there's some potential for a good story here. But the "fish out of water" shtick is beyond stale at this point. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jul 20, 2016

    Dan Abnett's Aquaman is the worst DC book at the moment. While other writers embraced the idea of giving their characters a rebirth, Dan Abnett is perfectly fine with sticking with the same old. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 24, 2016

    When Abnett digs into the bureaucracy, it feels real, like a scene you might see in House of Cards but it's not terribly interesting and that's because we know so more information than the characters do. Read Full Review

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