Aquaman #53

DC Comics

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art by Robson Rocha and Eduardo Pansica

Inks by Daniel Henriques and Julio Ferrierra

Colors by Sunny Gho

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: An unexpected visitor to Amnesty Bay brings death and destruction in his wake as everyone in Arthur’s life converges in one place.


There is a sacred place in Atlantis where the people of the kingdom come to worship. A place that is revered among the seven kingdoms of Atlantis. A place that has been destroyed. When Mera discovers the ruins of this sacred place, she vows that the surface world will pay and her first target is Amnesty Bay.

Black Manta has gathered his forces and are on the move. The gift of the new robot suit and the AI of his dead father are in tow and their first target, Amnesty Bay.

Arthur needs to discover why the founder of the island itself has returned after 200 plus years without seeming to age and the tale he tells will include monsters and legends as he challenges Aqualad about his recent loss.

The Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick has set the stage for some epic storytelling to come. The pace of this issue was perfect and DeConnick expertly moves all the pieces into place for a high stakes confrontation that will force Arthur to confront all of the open ended areas of his life. This issue is filled with so many great moments and story beats and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

The Art: Robson Rocha and Eduardo Pansica deliver some dramatic and beautifully detailed art throughout this issue. Everything from the action to the character expressions are done with care and purpose.

Aquaman #53




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