Aquaman: The Becoming #2

Writer: Brandon Thomas Artist: Diego Olortegui, Skylar Patridge Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 27, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 28
9.0Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Someone launched a terrorist attack on Atlantis, and Jackson Hyde is the prime suspect! Despite Mera’s best efforts to defend Jackson against the accusations of the Atlantean guard, the evidence is mounting and time’s running out. How far will Jackson go to prove his innocence?

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Nov 4, 2021

    Jackson Hyde hits some patches of rough waters as ‘Aquaman: The Becoming' #2 pits the hero against some hard hitting foes that one can't fight with their fists, tapping into the real world in a really relevant and well done way. Every page is a gorgeous journey through Atlantis and Amnesty Bay as this team brings vivid deep life this slice of the DC Comics universe. It's a really fantastic time to be a fan of the Aquaman family and their world. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Spencer Perry Oct 27, 2021

    The Becoming #2 is perhaps light on its titular hero than some might desire but it makes up for it with an engaging structure that keeps you guessing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Oct 26, 2021

    Thomas presents a well crafted second chapter to this series that combines hard hitting action and a bold commentary regarding xenophobia. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 26, 2021

    This has been a solid read so far and Thomas is showing that even if Jackson isn't ready to become Aquaman, he's definitely worthy of headlining his own title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Oct 31, 2021

    I don't know where this story is going after just two issues, but I'm really excited to find out. The creative team has already subverted my expectations. I thought this story would be a narrative dedicated to upgrading Jackson to the Aquaman mantle, and that still very well may be the case. But the scope of everything is much bigger. This promises to have some major ramifications on Atlantis and tangential Aquaman storylines. You've gotta love the attention put into a story surrounding a character like Jackson. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus Oct 26, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #2 (Brandon Thomas, Diego Olortequi, Skylar Patridge, Wade Von Grawbadger, Adriano Lucas, and Andworld Design) takes the story beyond the man who wears the title and gives focus and room to those who make Jackson who he is. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 25, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a good issue, albeit it's more table setting than one might want. The setup is moving key characters around to new positions while supplying readers with some interesting Atlantis cultural elements that make it feel real and relatable. Jackson may not be the central focus, but it's clear as day Brandon Thomas and his collaborators are creating thoughtful superhero comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Oct 26, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a jarring shift in focus and tone from issue #1 as a slice-of-life-with-a-little-drama comic to a police procedural drama. The characterization of Mera as a shrewd (and slightly combative) person of interest really sells the drama. The art is great considering the multiple artists, and the mild cliffhanger hints at a bigger conspiracy that piques interest for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 26, 2021

    The story is strong, but this issue suffers from the fact that Diego Olortegui's stunning art only lasted a single issue. He splits art duties with Skylar Partridge on this issue, and Partridge is strong as well, but the decrease in the smoothness of the art is noticeable from the first issue. Overall, it's still one of the most interesting Aquaman comics we've gotten in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Oct 26, 2021

    Aquaman: The Becoming #2 sends its hero on the run while bringing themes of persecution and prejudice to the forefront. With Jackson now considered an enemy of Atlantis, his road to becoming Aquaman will be more complicated than he thought. Read Full Review

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