Aquaman #4

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Philippe Briones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 3, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 40
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"The Drowning" part four. Aquaman is arrested for a war crime he didn't commit: ordering an Atlantean terrorist attack on the surface, killing hundreds! The young king is willing to sit behind bars if it means peace between two worlds, but one ally is determined to break Aquaman out, no matter the cost: his girlfriend Mera!

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 3, 2016

    Aquaman vs. the U.S. government is shaping up to be a compelling fight of ideas as well as actions. A lot of intriguing concepts are unfurled and a striking case is made for nonviolent actions in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 3, 2016

    Arthur specifically says that he's not going to resist, to show that he's willing to co-operate with the Government. Smart move. Except Mera decides to break him out instead… causing them to look guilty. It seems a little odd that the writers would make this huge point of Arthur being co-operative in negotiations, for him to then completely go back on his word. It just seemed very out of character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 4, 2016

    Perhaps it's not surprising that Aquaman might be quickly overlooked amongst all of DC's spotlight on "Rebirth" and the Suicide Squad film, but with politics also in full swing, it feels like Dan Abnett and Philippe Briones' take on Arthur Curry might be the most interesting superhero book on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 8, 2016

    It's understandable that some may criticise the pacing of this. After all, Aquaman has put the action on the back burner for several issues now, and the main character has barely even seen a fight outside of the initial one with Black Manta. But this is still solid writing, and a breath of fresh air in a market which has been over-saturated with mindless action at the expense of good plotting. The stakes continue to rise with every issue and the constant message of fighting for peace is always welcome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 3, 2016

    Overall then, while the niggles surrounding the artwork remain, Abnetts story is proving to be more than enough to keep this books head above water. The political drama of a King trying to bring his people onto the world global stage while being beset on all sides by attempts to derail him makes for utterly gripping reading, and from a pure storytelling point of view, this may very well be the best post-Rebirth issue of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Aug 4, 2016

    Dan Abnett's core idea for the book continues to be enough to propel this book, but it's starting to suffer from story slowdown and artistic problems. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Aug 3, 2016

    Ultimately this issue was okay, but not great. Seeing the tension playing out between Atlantis and the United States due to the actions of a rogue terrorist cell would be a more compelling story if people didn't make claims that were blatantly untrue. Maybe it will turn out that certain key people in the story are members of N.E.M.O. and were orchestrating things from behind the scenes, but for now it just seems like a poorly thought out plot point in an otherwise interesting plot. While I did enjoy it, I would hold off on suggesting it to new readers until we know more about how this arc plays out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 3, 2016

    This run of Aquaman is a lot like the television sitcom the Big Bang Theory in that it sucks. It's going nowhere anyone is interested in going, and it's doing it at a very slow pace. The art in this issue is nothing great, but isn't the reason the stay away from it. The reason you should stay away from it is because it may cause drowsiness and irritability. Read Full Review

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