Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Miguel Mendonca
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Arthur must make a hard decision about the future of his family and another plot is uncovered.
Jackson and Arthur utilize the Manta Mech to reach out to the entire sea in an effort to find the princess. When the sea listens, Arthur, Jackson and Tula go on the hunt. When they finally find the princess, Arthur is elated and unwilling to ever let her go again. Unfortunately, the sea gods have other plans. Plans that will keep the girl safe, but at a cost.
At the same time, Dolphin goes in search of Lernaea. When she finally finds her, she discovers Orm’s plans for the princess and her fear that something has gone wrong. With Arthur making a decision to protect his daughter, Mera and uncover the plot behind the kidnapping, things will get more complicated with both Mera and her upcoming marriage to Vulko.
The Story: The most gratifying aspect of this story is that DeConnick doesn’t drag out the hunt for the baby longer than necessary. The story resolves that part brilliantly and then does exactly what it should, relay the consequences and lay out the bigger conflicts. DeConnick makes the story more compelling by having the people close to Arthur ask him some tough questions and put him in the position of having to choose what’s best for his family. There’s a lot of great drama throughout and I can’t wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger at the end of this issue.
The Art: Mendonca does an amazing job with the art. The characters look amazing and the action is exciting. The progression of the panels and how they are composed is fantastic.