Written by Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art by Robson Rocha
Inks by Daniel Henriques
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: With victory at hand, Black Manta and his Dad-Bot will face another parent trying to save a family.
The battle for Amnesty Bay continues as Manta has driven Arthur deep underwater and only Mera can save him. Pushing out with all her power, she locates the father of her unborn child and brings him back so he can find Maurer and control the beast feeding off Manta’s rage.
Manta continues to press his advantage and Mera will need the help of the injured Aqualad to use her Aquakinetics to help Aquaman. Arthur has made his way to the machine and is desperately trying to stop Manta from killing himself and everyone else. It’s going to take an unlikely intervention to end the battle, but not before a hero falls.
The Story: DeConnick goes big with this issue and fills it with action, tension and thrills. There are so many great story moments throughout this issue, but what really works is telling this part of the story from the perspective of the AI running Manta’s bot. The fact that it was imbued with the personality of his father and the actions it took as a father was a great moment that added to all of the family-centric story beats in this issue. I was excited by this issue and it was a page-turning delight to read.
The Art: Robson Rocha delivers massive creatures, explosions and action that is thrilling and riveting to see. I love the visuals in this issue and everything from the characters to the action is filled with details that catch the eye.