Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Robson Rocha
Inks by Daniel Henriques
Colors by Sunny Cho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
A legend of the sea might have delivered the salvation a tiny island needs.
On an unknown island a young woman makes an offering on a makeshift shrine overlooking the ocean. As the storm rages around her, Arthur Curry emerges worried about the woman and what might happen to her, but he doesn’t go after her.
The young woman, named Caille, rescued Arthur from the waters and helped nurse him back to health. Unfortunately, Aquaman has no memory of who he is and what happened to him. What he does know is that he has an aversion to the sea. He is making a life for himself on the island and being of help to those who need it, but when the locals discover that the fish they are catching are being poisoned, Arthur is offered a way to retrieve his memories if he delivers Caille back to the person they feel is responsible, her mother.
Amnesia stories are always a tough needle to thread. They have a tendency to be cliché and overdone in comics, putting the reader in the position of either toughening it out until the character retrieves his or her memories or abandoning the book until it happens. Kelly Sue DeConnick has written a very atmospheric story that is engaging and interesting. The characters really stand out and it’s paced in a way where the reader becomes immersed in the island, wanting to know more about it and its people.
Robson Rocha’s art showcases the beauty of the environment and the character designs. All of the rising action in the panels complements the story brilliantly. I am interested in seeing where this story goes next.