Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: In the aftermath of the attack on Amnesty, Arthur must return to Atlantis to save the life of the woman he loves.
Mera has pushed herself to the limits using her Aquakinesis to save Arthur from Black Manta and as a result, she is getting weaker. Arthur must take charge when Mera collapses and everyone returns to Atlantis to get her to the local hospital.
As soon as they arrive, the drama ensues with members of the court jockeying for position in the waiting room. Arthur is caught in between the opposing forces with his love’s life hanging in the balance as people, including Orm return to cause more havoc. In the midst of the drama, Arthur is introduced to someone new.
The Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick delivers an awesome, tense and engaging story in this issue. Going from the big action of the Black Manta fight to a small, personal story like this is a difficult needle to thread, but DeConnick does it expertly by focusing on the relationship between Arthur and Mera. The issue deftly brings together the building and continuing conflicts plaguing the couple and the dialogue is fantastic. Even with all the chaos around them, Arthur and Mera retain the focus and that makes the story work.
The Art: Rocha and Henriques do some amazing work with the art in this issue. The characters look great, the drama is heightened to compensate for the lack of action and all of the scenes have a level of buried tension throughout.