Aquaman #58

DC Comics

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art by Miguel Mendonca

Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: In the wake of Mera’s coma, forces align to take over Atlantis while Arthur does his best to be there for his newborn daughter.


It’s been months since Mera went into a coma and Vulko receives a message from the Queen giving him instructions on what to do next in order to move Atlantis forward. Unfortunately, Vulko’s loyalty cannot outweigh his lack of experience and charisma with the people. At the same time, Orm gathers his forces and followers in his bid to take the throne from those he considers unworthy.

On the surface, Arthur settles into his role as father to his daughter Andy and gets help from friends and family willing to do what they can to keep the child safe. Unfortunately that might not be enough when dark plans put the baby in danger.

The Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick reels in the reader with a story that focuses on Arthur’s journey as a new father and his concern for the fate of the woman he loves. She deftly mixes in the political elements that will ramp up the drama in Aquaman’s life as well as the dangers brewing around him and delivers a story that is well plotted and engaging right up to the shocking and dramatic cliffhanger. I was impressed with how well paced this story was as well as the great dialogue and tone. There are some big personal stories brewing for Aquaman and each issue makes me more interested in seeing those stories play out.

The Art: Mendonca beautifully lays out the world of Atlantis as well as the lush and beautiful backgrounds of Amnesty Island. The art draws you in and the characters look amazing. I enjoyed how the art shifted with the tone of the story and the characters and brought those details together in the finale.

Aquaman #58




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