Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Robson Rocha
Inks by Daniel Henriques
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Aquaman fights a creature from the depths that will not heed his call as Jackson learns that there are costs to victory.
A giant sea creature is attacking Amnesty Island and Arthur and Caille are working to evacuate the residents. As the monster attacks, Arthur and Jackson do their best to hold it back and allow for the evacuation to be completed. In the midst of the attack, Arthur tells Jackson to rescue an old friend lying unconscious on a piece of drifting wood. Jackson springs into action in an attempt to be a hero and impress Aquaman only to find that he might be too late.
While Aquaman and Jackson take on the creature above ground and deal with an unexpected return, Black Manta is enjoying the new gift he received from Lex Luthor. A gift with a familiar personality and information that will take Manta deeper than he’s ever traveled to uncover a secret that pre-dates Atlantis itself.
The Story: Arthur’s re-entry into life and return to Amnesty has been one of the more interesting and endearing parts of this arc. DeConnick infuses this story and the characters with a lot of heart and you can see why Arthur has such affection for the area and its people. This issue has some great action in it, but the subtle addition of a lesson for Jackson about heroism is a great addition. It’s a humbling experience that teaches an important lesson better than words could. The dialogue itself is great and I really enjoy the menace and tension that DeConnick is building with Black Manta’s story.
The Art: Robson Rocha creates some powerful imagery in this issue and everything is filled with dynamic energy and details.