Aquaman #31

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Ricardo Federici Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"Take Back the Throne" part one! Arthur joins forces with his new ally Dolphin, his loyal frenemy Vulko, and the love of his life Mera, to rally the underworld of Atlantis and end the reign of the nefarious King Rath! But even as Rath doubles his efforts to destroy "the Aquaman," dangerous new enemies begin to emerge from unexpected places... some vying for the throne themselves!  

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 21, 2017

    If you haven't given Aquaman a chance, this is the perfect issue to start with. Despite some references to the on-going saga, most everything until the final pages is explained for the benefit of new readers with only a minimal amount of exposition required. The artwork and action sequences are fantastic. This book is a definite must-read for anyone who likes good comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Dec 20, 2017

    AQUAMAN #31 is a triumphant example of DC's recent success in comics. With an epic and exciting story from Dan Abnett and masterful art from Riccardo Federici and Suny Gho, we are cast into this amazing adventures of Arthur Curry! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 23, 2017

    Aquaman #31 moves the plot forward in an exciting manner with many interesting developments and compelling characters. Federici and Gho make it a gorgeous read, and this is easily one of the best issues of the series Ive read in a few months. This one gets a strong recommendation, and you should certainly check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 20, 2017

    This is the first installment of The Crown Comes Down, but Aquaman remains a consistently great read since this new status quo. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 22, 2017

    The issue features a strong script by Dan Abnett and terrific art by Riccardo Federici and color art by Sunny Gho - it's a style that almost looks painted, and it creates a powerful environment for Aquaman's adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Blair Marnell Dec 21, 2017

    This is still one of DC's best monthly books, and well worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 23, 2017

    Most of this issue is about the intrigues in Atlantis as various factions plot to take down King Corum Rath, the man who usurped the throne of Atlantis from Aquaman. Thus, there is little action and the story feels slow and more like a soap opera rather than an adventure series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 20, 2017

    It's likely that I'll be back for more Aquaman. I don't know if I'll always review it, but this issue warranted a review. Without even knowing the landscape of the story arc, I was able to jump into it and thoroughly enjoy it. There's some dialogue that was meh, and some of the action is stiff, but damn, this was a good read and beautiful to look at. As strange as it is to say, give Aquaman a shot. Put the movie version and the all the other nonsense out of your head first and just enjoy it for what the political sea-opera that it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Dec 20, 2017

    This is a great follow up to the previous arc. Not only does Abnett make Aquaman more like the leader he should be, but the change in artists does not pull the reader out of this world. An alliance between Aquaman and the resistance with the Mob underworld of Atlantis is an intriguing idea and I look forward to seeing where that goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Dec 20, 2017

    Strong line work and coloring go a long way to make this status advisory issue something to appreciate. If you've been looking to hop on the Aquaman train, now's your chance. Faithful readers will feel less enthused. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 26, 2017

    Bumpy plotting aside, the artwork in this book make Aquaman #31 not only notable, but surprisingly one of DC's best-looking books around. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 21, 2017

    I am sorry to say, that the quality of this book, in comparison to previous issues,ebbs and flows. For a much maligned character to work, you need top-tier creators. Abnett is certainly worth a pirate's treasure, but he does feel the loss of his artistic partner. This may well have a bigger impact on this book than it does with Brett Booth leaving Titans, the latter containing as it does more popular characters. I am not sure that Aquaman is credible enough for a house style, and with that in mind, DC needs to ensure that the quality remain high. DC must recognise this, due to their belief that the book needs a house style. This issue, and the art in particularfor fans will be a drop in the ocean. However, with the drop in quality of the art, couple with an already lacklustre annual may have readers heading for the shallow end and the safety of numerous Bat books. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 20, 2017

    As has been the case with this book as of late, nothing much is happening here save for a semi-important moment at the end of it. I'm a big fan of Federici's art and hope he stays on permanently, but Abnett really needs to move this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    jess212 Dec 20, 2017

    I haven't written a review in a while and I have been reading Aquaman due to the art mostly. I find that I am conflicted with my thoughts on this run. I will say, I began reading this book as a monthly, because Stephan Sejic elevated this titles story and made it a must; if not just to ogle at the visual marvel put forth. Stephan's Aquaman is unequivocally gorgeous and should be lauded in my opinion. However, Abnett provides a good if not slow movement of events. I supsect that the best way to enjoy this run is through an omnibus. Trade being the next best option I say this because Dan Abnett is not concerned with pushing the narrative. The story moves at a snails pace when experienced issue by issue, but damn it the art makes that wait unbearable. Ricardo Federici is a Fantastic addition as an artist, and again I find he makes Aquaman a must have visual feast. If only to experience the visual master class in display. If you have been on Aquaman from the beginning then you know my frustration of the deliberately slow Development of this tale. If you are new to Aquaman then this should be a treat for you as this is a fantastic point to get engrossed in the story. Come for the immaculate art and the slowly but well told story.

  • 8.5
    Briton Jan 7, 2018

    A great slow burn story with an interesting cast. The art is good too.

  • 7.5
    The bad who Dec 21, 2017

    One of my greatest letdown in comic this years is seeing Sejic being replaced as the artist for Aquaman. I must say A LOT of flaws in the story went completely over my head just be being one of the most beautifull piece of art in my collection. That being said, Federici isn't so bad either. His style is definitely different than Sejic's and I had trouble connecting with the character as much as with the last arc, but it is still one of the most stunning piece of comic visually speaking. On the story side of things, it is the textbook definition of a slow burn. Being underwater, it does not feel like it's out of place though, but I'm starting to think we'll never see the end of it. It's too bad because it could so much more, but as at the same time, it's just perfect the way it is, just not in line with what I'm looking for as a reader. I encourage people to look into it and make their own conclusion though as the qualities are far superior than the flaws.

  • 7.0
    Herushalaim Dec 21, 2017

    Not much happens in this issue. We don't even get to see if Aquaman managed to convince king shark to go against Rath. The only thing of note that happens is that Dolphin finds Mera.

  • 10
    drdrot Dec 20, 2017

  • 10
    T.K. Dec 27, 2017

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 30, 2017

  • 8.5
    Gabriel Valões Dec 20, 2017

  • 8.5
    ActionCity Dec 20, 2017

  • 8.5
    Comix4fever Jan 3, 2018

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Dec 20, 2017

  • 8.0
    letskillrobots Dec 22, 2017

  • 7.0
    ChimpReads Dec 20, 2017

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 21, 2017

  • 6.5
    mufla Jan 1, 2018

  • 5.0
    Sherman The Wonder Dog Dec 20, 2017

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