Review: Aquaman: Death of a King (vol. 4)

Posted 22 November, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: Death of a King (vol. 4)
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Paul Pelletier (Illustrations), Sean Parsons (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Unfolding out of the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder—one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today.

Also, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power.

Collects issues #17-23 of the monthly series.

Gah, what else can I say in this preamble before the review? Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve been reading and enjoying the New 52 run of Aquaman 😉

OMG, what can I say about this volume? It’s a perfect wrap-up of Geoff Johns’ run on Aquaman, tying together familiar themes and places together in one epic storyline. I don’t think I can quite express here how epic it felt reading through this story without giving away any plot points…Nonetheless it’s big, there’s a lot at stake, and there’s plenty of action and revelations to boot. Readers will learn more about Atlantis’ history and its social structure The imagery that the artists and the writer evokes through the story continues to astoud; they’re gorgeous and some of the settings are just amazing.

The complexity of Arthur Curry and his place in the world continues in this volume and is highlighted both in his role as ruler of Atlantis, his role as a superhero in the surface, and by other creatures and figures that make their first appearance in this volume. It seems like no one wants to accept him, and he struggles to not only strike a balance between his two heritages–and protecting them–as well as take responsibility for his actions and what he’s meant to be and do. A few big revelations are thrown his way, but I love how at the core of Arthur’s character is that sense of responsibility, of doing the right thing regardless of how complicated that can be. And argh at all the people who continue to dismiss him >=P

Mera continues to be a bad ass in her own right. There’s a lot more revealed about her backstory, where she comes from, why she’s hesitant in all things related to Atlantis. They all factor into the story and to her and Arthur’s relationship (again, feels), but it doesn’t waver her love for him or how kick-ass she is.

I honestly don’t know what else to say about this issue as, again, I’m afraid of just giving away everything. It’s a comic to check out for yourself and experience; goodness knows you’re in for a ride with this volume! This series unfortunately switches writers after this volume so if you’ve really enjoyed Geoff Johns’ run and isn’t thrilled about the whole switching authors and whatnot, this volume caps everything off quite nicely, which is great too. But yes, overall the first four volumes of New 52’s Aquaman has bee absolutely superb, I cannot recommend it enough 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

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