Aquaman #9

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 19, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 25
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"UNSTOPPABLE" part two! In the shocking conclusion to this story, the unstoppable juggernaut carves a new path toward Aquaman's hometown of Amnesty Bay. So far, Arthur's attempts to halt the creature have been fruitless, but to save his friends and neighbors, the sea king must do the unthinkable.

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 19, 2016

    Having said this, I enjoyed how Aquaman resolved his conflict with the Shaggy Man, using his brain. From my research, similar ploys have been used before to defeat the Shaggy Man. I'm glad that Abnett's Aquaman was able to update and old trick. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 19, 2016

    A nice wrap up to a story primarily about the destruction of public property. There's some character development, we learn a little more about the mysterious Widowhood that are training Mera to be a Queen, and...Shaggy Man! Do I really need to say more? Shaggy Man throws an oil truck! I don't usually put spoilers in here but you should know that's like the least of the damage he causes! I had a great time with this two-part story and I encourage more comics to take this lead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 19, 2016

    A nice conclusion to the two-part Shaggy Man story. Aquaman takes something away from this encounter to improve himself. A good balance on action and character,Aquaman continues to be a very good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 19, 2016

    If Aquaman continues to have the three rotating artists, Abnett should probably craft the stories to play to his various artists' strengths. The fallout from this issue's cliffhanger should be interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing where Abnett takes Aquaman next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Oct 19, 2016

    Ultimately, I enjoyed this quick diversion from the overall plot, and it did a good job of showcasing both Arthur's affection for his home on land, as well as his character flaws that make him an interesting hero. Arthur's arrogance was what almost lost them the fight, and it was him swallowing his pride, while still maintaining his dignity that eventually won. Aquaman is an interesting character because he does walk that thin line between land and sea, king and hero, and the best stories explore that dynamic. This story, while relatively simple, explores that and is, in my opinion, the better for it. I look forward to getting back to Black Manta, and hope some of that nuance that seemed to be lost in the first couple issues continues to reassert itself in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Oct 19, 2016

    Scott Eaton's pencils are up to the task in crafting the sleek sci-fi of Atlantean architecture and technology. One panel that shows Atlantean ships blasting at the Shaggy Man is cinematic in a space opera kind of way. These scenes underwater end too quick, which is unfortunate, as drawing these otherworldly locales play to Eaton's strengths. The art fares less well in the land scenes, but the action is clean and easy to follow. The colors remain a bit too drab, and this is only highlighted once the action moves to the surface. The creative team as a whole concludes this issue on a strong note, however, and I am willing to stick around to see where they lead Aquaman and his band of merry Atlanteans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Oct 24, 2016

    We're a little disappointed that Mera has been relegated to a very odd sub-plot, as she would've definitely been able to provide somewhat of an emotional compass throughout the fight. But at least we got to see a few moments of development on behalf of Murk. We like the concept of Aquaman standing away from the Justice League, and it was done expertly in the beginning of the series. It's just a shame that the integrity of that plotline doesn't carry through to every single issue. Overall, the conflict was at least entertaining across the issue, and the ideas behind Aquaman work well – it's just a shame that the villain wasn't up to scratch. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 20, 2016

    While this current arc got a fairly slow start in the previous issue, it builds steam here as Aquaman battles to save his hometown from a rampaging Shaggy Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 19, 2016

    Aquaman #9 is an issue that I enjoyed overall, but the script was held back by pencil work that is just too plain to make a statement. Abnett's keeping some interesting storylines afloat here, but here's hoping at some point the artists really cut loose on this title and give Aquaman a visual identity that is less generic and differentiates him from the rest of the heroes in the DC stable. That said, I'll be reading more and I'm intrigued to see where Abnett & co. take these storylines. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 19, 2016

    This is one long fight sequence with bits of scenes or dialogue that express things we've seen a hundred times over in this series so far. If you want a fight book you'll be happy, but you will not find any complexity or interesting story progression here. Read Full Review

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