Aquaman #54

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 21
8.3Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Black Manta and Mech Manta invade Amnesty Bay with one target in mind-Aqualad! Can Aquaman save his protégé from his deadly lineage? Or will the combined might of the Mantas finally be Arthur Curry's undoing?

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 23, 2019

    One of DC Comics' best books, and a secret treasure that deserves more exposure. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 20, 2019

    Rocha and Merino deliver some beautiful art in this issue. The characters look amazing and are full of expressive detail. The action is big and fun to look at. A great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 20, 2019

    The story wisely keeps what happened on that boat between Aquaman and Manta's father vague, but this rivalry has been building for years since Geoff Johns revamped both characters. This may be the best and most nuanced take yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Nov 19, 2019

    AQUAMAN #54 is the perfect story for DC Comics' Year of the Villain event, giving readers a reason to sympathize with one of its most deadly criminals. We're anxious to learn more about Hyde's troubled psyche in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Frankie Sciulla Nov 20, 2019

    Year of the Villain impedes the story a bit, but the creative team's strengths still shine through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 20, 2019

    This is a more action-heavy installment than previous issues and that doesnt appear to be letting up with next issues big clash. Hopefully Aquaman will have more of a presence than as a punching bag for this big rematch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 26, 2019

    Kelly Sue DeConnick does some great character work with Black Manta in Aquaman #54. Black Manta is no longer a man with misdirected vengeance, but the victim of poor parenting from a father that didn't know how to raise his son without his mother around. An unconscious Aquaman proves to be the best method of improving this title. Let the supporting cast have their moments, and perhaps when Arthur is recognizable again, he can be allowed to lead his title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Aguilar Nov 20, 2019

    Aquaman fans are no stranger to Black Manta, but the villain is definitely one of the standouts in Kelly Sue DeConnick's new Aquaman series. DeConnick has found an inventive way to explore the villain's past and history with Luthor's gift, and throughout the issue she finds even more interesting ways to add Jackson, Mera, and more to the fray, and each and every ingredient makes the stew that much better. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 29, 2019

    Aquaman #54 takes a moment amidst its action to examine the past of Arthur Curry's chief antagonist Black Manta, bolstering the villain's appeal and readers' understanding of his motives. If you aren't reading DeConnick and Rocha's Aquaman yet, you're doing yourself a major disservice! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 20, 2019

    A by-the-numbers doling out of story elements accruedin the last four issues, to create a very contrived cliffhanger that you couldprobably guess in three tries. Give it a shot! Save yourself the four bucks forthis visually impressive comic book. Read Full Review

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