My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Return of the AquaBeard!
Ok. Let’s just get the Aquaman is Lame jokes out of the way right up front, shall we? I mean, there’s a wealth of them, and it would be a damn shame to let them go to waste.
Who really “found” Nemo?
An Idiot’s Guide to Capturing Aquaman.
Mermaid Man? Is that you?!
Career counseling session.
Poor Aquaman…these jokes make him sad.
*There may be some spoilery stuff below*
Alright. If you haven’t been enjoying Johns’ run on this title, then nothing I say here is going to change your mind.
If you’re still reading the New 52 Aquaman, then this one won’t disappoint.
There’s no crossover event in Death of a King, so you aren’t reading a rehash of things that have already happened between the pages of the Justice League title.
This is all about Arthur trying to win over the people of Atlantis, now that he has decided to take up his rightful place as their king.
Of course, nothing is going right.
Most surface dwellers (aka me and you) think Atlantians are dangerous, and no longer trust Aquaman. While at the same time, the Atlantians think humans are dangerous, and…well, also no longer trust Aquaman.
To make matters worse for Arthur, Mera refuses to live in Atlantis, choosing instead to continue her stay on land.
Speaking of Mera…
Can someone please get this woman her own title!
This lady is one of the most overlooked gems in the entire DC universe.
And for the life of me, I just don’t understand it!
I was happy that Johns gave her a larger role to play in this volume, but still…
On top of everything else that’s going on, something wakes up the First King of Atlantis. This guy is ancient, crusty, crazy, and determined to take out anyone in his way. Oh yeah, and he’s pretty fucking powerful, too.
*Spoilery stuff happens*
And suddenly we get to find out why Mera the Mermaid doesn’t like to go Under the Sea!
Ok. Here’s what I think Johns did right:
Things are going from bad to worse for Aquaman in Atlantis, and shit is raining down on Arthur faster than he can flush.
Even the Atlantians who’ve sworn to allegiance to him, are having second thoughts about his competence to rule. The whole kingdom is in a state of unrest, and no one is convinced that he has the strength to hold it together.
And it seems that everyone who can betray him…will.
But when he finds out that Mera is in danger?
Outta there! Bye-bye! See ya later!
He loves her.
And when you love somebody, you move Heaven and Earth to save them.
T-Challa really should have called this guy for advice on how to treat Storm.
I guarantee you Mera’s not going to end up with a revenge haircut, or hairy midget from Canada!
Yeah, this volume focused quite a bit of the story on the relationship between these two, so if you aren’t a fan of the FEELS! in your comics, then that might be a drawback for you.
But I thought it was very well done.
And before anyone gets their panties in a twist:
Arthur doesn’t ride in and save the day. He shows up, kicks ass, and Mera gets them the hell out of there in one piece.
It’s called teamwork, people.
Ok, so this First King?
Where’s he from, and what’s his story?
Well, it turns out, that Arthur probably needs to go to ancestry.com, and check out his family tree, because not everything is exactly what he was led to believe. And if he’s going to have a chance to defeat this guy, he’s going to have to face up to the sins of his fathers.
Since this is Johns farewell to Aquaman, you get somewhat of a tidyish ending to volume 4.
Well, besides the Orm storyline. It’s a pretty big side plot in this, and it’s left dangling. Although, I’m actually kinda excited about where this one could go!
But who cares about Orm?
All I wanted to know was whether or not Mera was going to stay!
Recommended for Aquafans!
Oh, and this one made me giggle…