Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Robson Rocha and Eduardo Pansica
Inks by Daniel Henriques and Julio Ferriero
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Arthur has returned to the land of the living, but the triumph of his return doesn’t negate the problems caused in his absence.
Amnesty Bay’s most famous citizen has returned to the land of the living and he is not alone. The sea gods who took care of the injured Arthur have come with him and there are going to be some awkward moments in the days to come.
When the world press descends on the town demanding answers, Wonder Woman flies in to see her returned friend and find out what happened to him. At the same time, the politics of Atlantis become more complicated as more people learn of Mera’s condition and work to force her to marry. Both Arthur and Mera refuse to speak to each other and Mera makes a decision on a suitor that will rock the court.
Meanwhile, Aquaman’s deadliest foe is made an offer by Lex Luthor.
The Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick captures both the triumphant return of the hero and the politics of his home in interesting and engaging contrasting stories for both Arthur and Mera. The dialogue is fantastic in the scenes between Arthur and Diana and everything about this issue makes me curious about where this story is going next. I loved the contrasts to the immigration issue and how we treat refugees DeConnick laces the story with and those moments are handled with care and grace.
The Art: Robson Rocha and Eduardo Pansica provide some stunning art in this issue. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds is filled with stunning details and the underwater scenes are amazing in how fluid they make the characters look and move in that environment.