Aquaman Rebirth 1-18

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #1
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brad Walker

This is the first issue of Aquaman post-Rebirth. Aquaman of course only recently came back to life Pre-Flashpoint so I wonder how much of Aquaman’s history has now been restored. Black Manta attacks Aquaman and his new embassy in this comic, and there is no mention that Black Manta once killed Aquaman’s baby son, so maybe that is no longer in continuity? Or perhaps the memory of it has been erased by Dr. Manhattan since Mera and Aquaman think they were never married. Anyways, continuity matters aside, this was a great first issue with great art and a great introduction to the politics between Atlantis and the Surface World.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #2
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

In this issue, Aquaman manages to use his words rather than his fists to defeat Black Manta as he convinces the villain that killing him will ultimately be disappointing for him. It shows that this character is about both brains and brawns. He is a monarch and a diplomat after all.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #3
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

Relations between the US and Atlantis break down after the US closes the Atlantean Embassy and an attack on a US ship is claimed by someone who says they are representing Atlantis. Aquaman is shortly after arrested while speaking at the White House. Honestly, this was just ok. I think the politics of Atlantis vs. the World has just been done to death in Aquaman comics and I don’t really care to see any more of it. There is a whole ocean of stories to tell…why do this again?

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #4
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

I was surprised in this issue to see that Tula (formerly known as Aquagirl / died in the original Crisis) is alive an well in the DCU now. Anyways, in this issue things go from shit to shittier as the US and Atlantean forces begin to battle out, it looks like the terrorist org named the Deluge or N.E.M.O. is framing Atlantis, and Mera breaks Aquaman out of his cell. Frankly, that was a dumb decision on Mera’s part. I am starting to like the politics and the similarities to our real world foreign relations but I still would rather see a different story than the same old thing in Aquaman.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #5
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

Aquaman and Mera have to fight their way to the sea to escape the US Army in this comic. I still find it hard to care about this because it has been done SO many times. We shall see if it gets better. I will say I never realized how powerful Mera was till I read this.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #6
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brad Walker

The way Aquaman treats Superman in this comic is just dumb. I get that he might feel that he is the odd one out in the Justice Leauge, but come on, there is no reason for them to come to blows and Superman is completely right about how irresponsible Mara acted by busting Aquaman out of jail. Meanwhile, Black Manta takes over N.E.M.O. I was not impressed much with this comic.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #7
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

As it turns out whoever is trying to frame Atlantis is actually from the surface world. Black Manta takes charge of N.E.M.O. They are old hat in the DCU or am I imagining that? Things finally start to get interesting in the last pages of this comic in that Black Manta has decided to release a monster who reminds me of Swamp Thing although we never see his face. I wonder what this thing is?

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #8
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

Okay “the Widows” of Atlantis are really awesome. This is actually my favorite aspects of the Aquaman comics…when we learn more about Atlantis an this world under the sea. I care less about Atlantis going to war once again with the surface world. The monster turns out to the The Shaggy Man…a villain of the Justice League heading to Amnesty Bay I assume to hurt Aquaman. Black Manta sure knows how to hurt his archnemesis.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #9
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

Okay Aquaman shouts “Neptune’s Balls” in this comic book which is beyond amazing. Most of the comic is just Aquaman fighting the Shaggy Man on his own while Murk calls him out for being a fool to try to prove he can do it alone without the Justice League. It was okay.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #10
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brad Walker

The widowhood tells Mera of a prophecy where an Atlantean King marries a woman from Xebel who is called “the Fatal Queen” because after the King dies she causes the destruction of the world. They believe Mera is the fatal queen and therefore cannot support her marriage to Aquaman. The entire issue actually focuses on Mera and it makes me realize something….she is actually more powerful than her husband. I never thought about it before but her “Hard water” powers are pretty sweet. Anyways, she meets with Joanna Stubs who reveals to Mera that it  is N.E.M.O that is framing Atlantis. This is actually my favorite issue of this series so far mainly because of the interesting way the prophecy is coming true and Brad Walker’s art.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #11
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

In this issue, Aquaman and Mera re-unite as she tells him about the threat of N.E.M.O and in the end N.E.M.O. begins its false flag attack on America. I find myself hard to care about this? Why would you do another Atlantis vs. America story when it has been done so many times.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #12
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

Ugh. This comic book would only work if the Aquaman comic did not exist in the DCU. But it does exist in the DCU? So how the hell is America gets attacked by people pretending to be Atlantis and kills 5,000 people in Boston alone not referenced in other comic books that DC is publishing. This kind of shit pisses me off. At least they have the Justice League showing up but come on the editors at DC should have told Abnett that the attack needed to be smaller…it wouldn’t hurt the story at all for it to be so.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #13
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

Ok how is the Justice League just hanging out in Atlantis without special scuba suits. Makes no sense. Batman and Flash would be crushed by the water pressure. Anyways, not much happened in this issue except the League tries to explain to the US military that Atlantis is not responsible for the attacks and these new Aquamarines decide to go after Atlantis.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #14
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

The Aquamarines attack Atlantis in this issue and things don’t really get interesting until after they are defeated…sorry but they are kinda boring. Mera’s prophecy is what interests me most in this. I kept wondering while reading this how is it that Atlantis has a screen where the King can talk to the people that is electric if everything is underwater? Has that ever been explained?

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #15
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

Black Manta blows himself up just as he is about to be defeated by Aquaman in this issue. I doubt he is really gone, but I am sure glad this storyline is over for now. It bored me to tears.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #16
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Brad Walker

This was the definition of decompression. I mean come on…nothing really happens in this issue. The conversation between Aquaman and Erika was a waste of time. We already know Mera doesn’t want to marry Aquaman now because of the prophecy. All we got was a slight intro to this warhead guy. I like Aquaman as a character but I still have yet to really enjoy this new series.

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #16
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

Okay how is Aquaman just taking machine guns to the chest? In a previous issue it said he had Superman-level invisibility? Since when? He is strong but bullets to the chest from a machine gun? Anyways in this issue Aquaman speaks to the UN. I really don’t like how everyone is shocked that Aquaman is now popular. The best way to deal with people in the real world sometimes think of Aquaman as a joke is to not mention it in the comics. Not to overly focus on it!

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #18
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Scot Eaton

Ugh another annoying issue focusing on how the world sees Aquaman. I don’t care.

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