Aquaman #3 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett

Art by: Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker

Publisher: DC Comics

Aquaman became one of my favorite DC superhero with the New-52 relaunch of the series. Geoff Johns run made Aquaman interesting, badass, and added a well developed supporting cast and terrifying new villains. Since Geoff Johns left the title, the writers following him kept trying to capture the same energy and popularity, but didn’t understand that doing something new with the character is what made the run acclaimed and popular in the first place. Nearing the end of the New 52, Aquaman was one of the worst DC books. Rebirth gave me hope that just like during the New 52 relaunch, Aquaman would come back strong and better than ever. Sadly, this is not what happened at all. Aquaman continues to be one of the worst DC books and I recommend fans of the character sit out this arc.

Following the last issue where Black Manta surrendered to Aquaman after being given an opportunity to get his revenge and kill him, Black Manta is persuaded to join a group of bad guys possibly led by Lord Nemo. The whole exchange gives us an amazing fight scene, but doesn’t really make sense. Black Manta had an opportunity to kill Aquaman and destroy the Atlanteans, but decided to surrender instead. It’s disappointing that a day later he has already changed his mind.

Apart from Black Manta’s scenes, the issue is fairly lacking in terms of action for Aquaman and his friends. After the attack on the Atlantean Embassy, Aquaman and his people apparently just abandoned the location. Apart from showing what a terrible leader Aquaman is, it also allowed the US Army to just waltz in and take over the embassy. Aquaman shows off how much of a wimp he is by just accepting the take over, heading over to the White House and getting himself arrested. After Geoff Johns worked so hard to change peoples perception of Aquaman, its sad to see him written like this. I mean, this is the same Aquaman that stood up to Batman and Superman and told them he’s leading the Justice League.

The book is still strictly focused on showing us how much the humans and Atlanteans hate and distrust each other. Which is something I’m starting to get pretty tired of every Aquaman book being about. There was some hope in the first issue, where it seemed like the book will be about the mending relationships between the two species. It was something new and something that I praised in my review of the issue. Sadly all of that is gone, and we’ve gone back to the status quo.

Dan Abnett’s Aquaman is the worst DC book at the moment. While other writers embraced the idea of giving their characters a rebirth, Dan Abnett is perfectly fine with sticking with the same old.