Aquaman #43

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 41
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The tides turn for the Sea King with a new creative team! Star scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (TEEN TITANS, SUPERGIRL) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote island, and ends up being cared for by a young woman named Callie, who's just a little TOO curious for comfort. And as a lifetime of horror movies has taught us, there's something strange going on in this island village. Aquaman needs to come to his senses quickly...or he might wind up sleeping with the fishes instead of chatting with t more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 20, 2018

    All in all, this is a wonderful first issue that will likely be unfairly ignored because it is so unlike the Aquaman we'll see on the big screen this weekend. Those who are willing to be patient, however, will likely find that patience rewarded as this series continues. With great artwork and a solid premise, this is one to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Dec 19, 2018

    Kelly Sue DeConnick sets the stage for a mysterious and heartsy limited-series about Aquaman, who is the outcast of the Justice League, in many ways. His kingdom is separated from most of the DC universe mainline stories and Arthur hasn't played a strong leadership role on the team very often. However, DeConnick appears to understand the heart of this character and what makes his world interesting. I highly recommend that fans of DC comics and Aquaman pick up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 19, 2018

    A chilling and exciting start to a new era for Aquaman! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Dec 19, 2018

    Out of the wreckage of "Drowned Earth" comes a story that seeks to take Aquaman further out of his comfort zone, but not in a way that necessarily takes him out of his element. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Robson Rocha seem to be more focused on expanding the role that water itself plays in Aquaman's mythos, essentially making the power he holds more of a character than in times past. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Dec 30, 2018

    Overall, this may not have been the most exciting first issue, but it definitely grabs your attention, and draws you into the mystery laid out by DeConnick. After such a big story like Drowned Earth, it doesnt hurt to pull back, and reconstruct the character of Aquaman. If done right, the readers could end up with a stronger Arthur Curry, with a more defined set of personality traits that go deeper than stoic. Fingers crossed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Dec 19, 2018

    DeConnick and Rocha have unlocked a fascinating new world for Aquaman. Accessible, immersive and thoughtful, this is an intriguing new beginning for the hero. Just dive in and join the journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 19, 2018

    DeConnick is known for provocative Image books like Bitch Planet, and she works a little bit of that social commentary in here around the end of the issue. By the first cliffhanger, I am totally hooked on her vision for this series and I hope she's around here for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Dec 20, 2018

    The inimitable Kelly Sue DeConnick is joined by a top notch art team to bring magic and mystery back to the ocean. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Dec 19, 2018

    I currently care deeply about a fishing village with a funny name full of odd buck-toothed fishermen and the magic girl who lives with them. DeConnick and squad are going to lead us all over the seven seas and we're gonna go. This isn't the movie Aquaman, all muscle and water and action. This Aquaman is someone else and I'm excited to find out more about him as he rediscovers himself. Get on this arc friends, it is going to be magic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 19, 2018

    Although the amnesia angle never truly feels necessary, I liked how DeConnick set up this new quest as its got a lot of potential to be a lengthy and engaging storyline that puts a fresh new spin on Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 19, 2018

    Robson Rocha's art showcases the beauty of the environment and the character designs. All of the rising action in the panels complements the story brilliantly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Dec 27, 2018

    This is a great issue to jump on and signals good things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Dec 22, 2018

    Interesting start to a new arc and absolutely gorgeous art. 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Dec 19, 2018

    This is a fascinating start to what I hope proves to be an exciting and empathetic run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 23, 2018

    A whole new start for Aquaman, with no memory and a change of scenery. If only his usual bad luck didn't come along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Dec 19, 2018

    All too often the end of a writer's extended run on a title can be viewed by long-time readers as a “perfect jumping-off point”, but I'd strongly advise against that course of action here. True, this isn't your typical Aquaman tale, but DeConnick and co. have put together a fresh and inventive look at the character, and in the wake of forty-six issues of Dan Abnett's epic-scale “underwater Game of Thrones”, it's strangely exciting to be presented with something so markedly different here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Dec 19, 2018

    A new creative team brings a new status quo for Aquaman, and one that fits neatly within current continuity. A few new characters are introduced, but not so many that it's tough to keep their names straight. An intriguing beginning to a story yet to be told. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 23, 2018

    Aquaman #43 delivered an unexpected start to Kelly Sue DeConnick. In taking Aquaman out of his normal Atlantis setting DeConnick created an intriguing mystery around a new village and the Unspoken Water. The story moved at a quick enough pace that it never dragged with Aquaman not being left in the dark of what was going for too long. That makes this a nice starting point to see what else DeConnick has planned for this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 19, 2018

    You have to start somewhere when it comes to new arcs, and Aquaman #43 starts this one off on a fun, but scant opening note. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Dec 20, 2018

    It's not without its problems, but it holds my interest due to the total swerve in the opposite direction it takes from Abnett's run. It's got some surprisingly great art and a promising set of new characters. If DeConnick manages to subvert some of the tired tropes I'm expecting to crop up, I can see a very fun and different Aquaman book coming out of this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Dec 19, 2018

    Technically, Aquaman #43 is sound, even very good, but it's a lot of set-up that doesn't have meaning. At least not yet. For now, it's a collection of characters filling the pages while not being very compelling. I'm hesitant to dismiss this story out of hand, but I don't have much to hold onto that makes me want to come back next issue. That “All-New” cover also established this is the first chapter of a five-part tale, so there's more to come that will undoubtedly shore up relevance, interest, and maybe even action, but taken by itself, this one's a bit of a letdown. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 22, 2018

    The new Aquaman relaunch doesn't offer anything too bold or exciting to kick off the new story, but is otherwise fine. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 19, 2018

    Overall I was mixed on this. It's beautiful, but I need to spend more time with the characters before deciding if I like it or not. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Dec 20, 2018

    Atlantis is absent, Mera is absent, the League is absent and Aquaman acts like a Viking from the past. It's possible the story can lead somewhere good, but it's so uninteresting now, it's enough to make me consider to quit reading the title. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Dec 19, 2018


    -I really liked Robson Rocha's art. He really kicked this issue's quality up a notch.

    -I also liked the opening to this issue, it was pretty cool in my opinion.

    -And this series is a welcome fresh breath of air for this comic. It's a definite step above the last few issues.

    -The premise is pretty good, although it will be bad to see Aquaman try to discover his past when we already know it so well, it's so obvious to the reader.

    -I thought Loc was a funny, but unnecessary character.

    THE BAD:

    -This issue was one of many issues this week that felt like it could have been shorter. This issue feels like one where very little happens, and it didn't really g more

  • 9.5
    drdrot Dec 19, 2018

    I am pleasantly surprised by this issue. To be honest, I had visions of the Lady of the Lake storyline with Aquaman and Tempest turning into fish or the new Aquaman where Arthur has no memory and is some sort of creature. The idea of an amnesic Aquaman had me concerned. Part 1 of this story has me very hopeful. I think it had a very cinematic feel and I think it does sort of build off of the Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and the adventure aspect of the movie. I also like that it is a five part story which gives it an ending. Looking forward to part 2.

  • 9.5
    Batman Jones Dec 20, 2018

    I had to go to three LCS's to get this issue at noon yesterday. It was sold out at the first two. Good!

    This was as great a beginning to a new direction for Aquaman as I could have wished for. I was eagerly anticipating this issue but it well exceeded my expectations. Aquaman's on my must-read list again.

  • 9.0
    ZodTee Dec 20, 2018

    Loved it.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jan 9, 2019

    Damn great start of this new direction. The art is beautiful, and the story feels fresh enough for both the old and new readers -- which is great, as there will probably be a few of considering the movie pulling such great numbers.

  • 8.0
    thecomiccookebook Dec 19, 2018

    I thought this was a fine start to an Aquaman story. I'm not the biggest Aquaman fan yet Kelly Sue DeConnick did an excellent job at setting up a new interesting direction for the character. Robson Rocha had some pretty good art that depicted water well. Kind of like my feelings for the recent Shazam book, this book is probably better for established fans rather than passive ones like myself. I'll probably trade wait the rest of this series.

  • 7.5
    Comic Princess Dec 20, 2018

    I like Kelly Sue but I’m not so sure about Aquaman. I’ll give it a couple more issue.

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    This was fine, definitely better than it has been.

  • 9.5
    GTMedia Reviews Dec 22, 2018

    Aquaman #1 is the first Aquaman comic that I have ever purchased. Admittedly the purchase was made partially because the movie was released the same week. I was curious about what Arthur Curry was getting up to in the comics. It's also worth mentioning that my main comic shop was sold out of this issue and my back-up shop was almost out as well. Apparently, this issue is a big deal.  

    In this issue, Arausio/Andy/Arthur/Aquaman has lost his memory and has taken up residence in "The Village of Unspoken Water". The village is having a tough time and living off of potatoes because all of the fish pulled from the waters are rotten.  

    There is a mystery laid out in regards to why the village is having such a hard time more

  • 9.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jul 16, 2019

    Story arc is off to a quick start with some interesting premises. It promises to be an opportunity to remind readers of who Aquaman is as he rediscovers his own life. The art though is drop dead gorgeous! Rocha has really outdone himself this issue. The layouts are cinematic and easy on the eyes, the characters are well formed, and the Cho coloring jumps off the page.

  • 9.0
    huz Aug 17, 2019

    Really liked the art, story and new characters. Looking forward to the rest of the run.

  • 9.0
    rayonymous Sep 9, 2019

    Okay, so Dick Grayson is now Ric and Arthur Curry is now Andy/Arausio? Both of them having to lose all the memories of their past, it seems like an excuse for the plot but Kelly Sue DeConnick's fresh storytelling for Aquaman really does make up for that, so it's off to a great start. Art by Robson Rocha is pristine at best. The characters and the myth that surrounds the island were composed really well, some of the characters and their relationship with each other like Aquaman and Caille was charming and quite interesting. Way to end the first issue with a cliffhanger.

  • 8.5
    The 20-issue Ceiling Jan 7, 2019

    It does seem a bit goofy two characters in the DCU are suffering from amnesia at the same time, but I loved this. The art is really nice and the story is interesting so far.

  • 8.0
    Comix4fever Dec 20, 2018

    As someone who never read Kelly Sue DeConnick’s work before, I really like this.

  • 8.0
    KFuqua Dec 20, 2018

    It was interesting enough to get me to come back for the next part.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 20, 2018

    I liked this issue. I wasn't expecting to, at all. But I've got higher hopes for this run than I had with Abnett's run now. It managed to not bore me, despite introducing a whole new status quo and characters.

  • 4.5
    Briton Dec 25, 2018

    I feel DC have dropped the ball here. After a successful film, people trying the comic for the first time will find nothing from the film. No Atlantis, no undersea action, no supporting characters. Just a usual generic superhero-who-has-lost-his memory type of story.

    Bring back Abnett.

  • 4.0
    Cosmic Ray Dec 28, 2018

    Lost me right outta the gate.

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