Aquaman: The Becoming #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas Artist: Diego Olortegui Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 22, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 32
8.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who’s caught his eye, and access to Aquaman’s private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all-until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in them. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad’s going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman!

  • 10 - Spencer Perry Sep 22, 2021

    Though readers quickly learn that the first pages aren't exactly what they seem, they do lead into the parts of Becoming that work best, Jackson Hyde's relationship with those around him. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Sep 22, 2021

    DC Comics has found its legacy once more and nowhere is that more clear than the stunning first issue of Aquaman: The Becoming. There is a clear love and passion from everyone involved for both Jackson Hyde and everything that is part of Aquaman's world and comic books in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Sep 21, 2021

    From the introductory pages, the action is non stop and well defined. There is a mysterious undertone that connects all the various scenarios that are encountered. And I am intrigued by how this enigma will unfold. I am already completely invested in this story and eagerly await the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Sep 22, 2021

    The setup and title for this book put Jackson on a trajectory that suggests by the end of it, he will be having a major upgrade. Whether that means he'll take up the Aquaman mantle or not is yet to be seen. But there's no way my guy isn't about to level up. And I know I'm riding the wave that takes us there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 21, 2021

    This is a promising kickoff for Jackson's stint as Aquaman. If this creative team stays this consistent there might not be so big a rush to put the crown onto Andy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 21, 2021

    There are a lot of interesting details about Jackson's anxieties running through this book, and the strong story and brilliant art come together into a promising first chapter in the Aquaman mythology. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Sep 21, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #1 serves as the beginning of a new status quo for Jackson Hyde, featuring a new enemy and a life-altering series of events. If you are a fan of the Aquaman mythos or theYoung Justice animated series, you'll definitely want to pick up this series. Between this series and the upcomingAquaman/Green Arrow: The Target miniseries, Thomas looks to be putting his own unique spin on the Aquaman mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 21, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #1 is a strong start for the series establishing a good supporting cast, high stakes, and the unique position Jackson is in. The various character dynamics make for a lot of interesting relationships to explore while never shying away from Jackson's infectious positivity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Sep 21, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #1is the YA version of Aquaman you've always dreamed of having. Jackson Hyde is the perfect, All-American High School sweetheart that practically helps old ladies across the street, saves kittens trapped in trees, and has an emotionally healthy relationship with everyone in his life. For some, the wholesomeness may be too saccharine-sweet for your taste, but YA fans will eat it up and ask for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus Sep 21, 2021

    Aquaman Becoming #1 (Thomas, Olortegui, Grawbadger, & Lucas) provides an easy digestible and incredibly enjoyable entrance point to the next step in the journey of Jackson Hyde. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Sep 21, 2021

    Brandon Thomas returns to Jackson Hyde after his creative approach in Future State. Aquaman: The Becoming is a solid start for a creative team who hopeful has a lot to say during this limited series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Sep 21, 2021

    I’m curious to see how this story will progress and excited to see more of Jackson in a front and center role. If you need a book with all the right vibes this week, definitely pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Sep 27, 2021

    "Aquaman: The Becoming" #1 is finally able to identify a place in DC's current continuity for Jackson Hyde. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Oct 3, 2021

    There is a lot to like about this book that makes checking out the next issue a solid choice, but it's a "B+" when it had all the ingredients for an "A." Read Full Review

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