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He's lost his memory. And his kingdom. Can Arthur Curry find the hero within in order to reclaim his throne? The tides turn for the Sea King as superstar scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (Teen Titans, Supergirl) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote i(Teen(Captain He's lost his memory. And his kingdom. Can Arthur Curry find the hero within in order to reclaim his throne? The tides turn for the Sea King as superstar scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (Teen Titans, Supergirl) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote island and ends up being cared for by a young woman named Callie, who's just a little too curious for comfort. And as a lifetime of horror movies has taught us, there's something strange going on in this island village. Aquaman needs to come to his senses quickly...or he might wind up sleeping with the fishes instead of chatting with them. Collects Aquaman #43-47


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He's lost his memory. And his kingdom. Can Arthur Curry find the hero within in order to reclaim his throne? The tides turn for the Sea King as superstar scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (Teen Titans, Supergirl) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote i(Teen(Captain He's lost his memory. And his kingdom. Can Arthur Curry find the hero within in order to reclaim his throne? The tides turn for the Sea King as superstar scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (Teen Titans, Supergirl) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote island and ends up being cared for by a young woman named Callie, who's just a little too curious for comfort. And as a lifetime of horror movies has taught us, there's something strange going on in this island village. Aquaman needs to come to his senses quickly...or he might wind up sleeping with the fishes instead of chatting with them. Collects Aquaman #43-47

30 review for Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Apparently, Aquaman conked his head a few issues ago and now has amnesia. Or something like that, I suppose? I must have missed it. Regardless, the fact remains that he doesn't know who he is, and (I think) he's presumed dead in Atlantis. <--maybe? Whatever. He's washed up on the shores of a magical island and the rest of the story is all about him trying to find out who he is Apparently, Aquaman conked his head a few issues ago and now has amnesia. Or something like that, I suppose? I must have missed it. Regardless, the fact remains that he doesn't know who he is, and (I think) he's presumed dead in Atlantis. <--maybe? Whatever. He's washed up on the shores of a magical island and the rest of the story is all about him trying to find out who he is and fight off a mythical god-killer. I'm not explaining this well, but it's a pretty cool story. I wasn't sure what DeConnick was going to bring to the table for this character, but I thought she did a good job. It seems like poor Arthur is going to be the new Wonder Woman when it comes to dealing with these old gods over and over, but it makes sense what with him being twisted up with Atlantis and Poseidon. I can't say this was my absolute favorite Aquaman storyline, but if you consider that I enjoy the stuff where he's doing things with the Justice League and I'm not a HUGE fan of the god-storylines...? Yeah, this wasn't bad at all. Nice art & cool introduction to new characters. I can honestly say I'm looking forward to what happens next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Kelly Sue DeConnick and Aquaman: neither are usually good to read and it turns out they’re just as bad together! Superhero comics are by and large soap operas with tights and masks and, like all soaps, DeConnick’s resorted to the hackneyed “amnesia” trope for her first Aquapants arc. Arthur Curry’s washed up on the shores of a distant fishing village with the unlikely name of Unspoken Water. He must rediscover his identity with the help of the resident water witches. So Arthur’s real good in the Kelly Sue DeConnick and Aquaman: neither are usually good to read and it turns out they’re just as bad together! Superhero comics are by and large soap operas with tights and masks and, like all soaps, DeConnick’s resorted to the hackneyed “amnesia” trope for her first Aquapants arc. Arthur Curry’s washed up on the shores of a distant fishing village with the unlikely name of Unspoken Water. He must rediscover his identity with the help of the resident water witches. So Arthur’s real good in the water, he’s wearing an aqua belt and Aquaman’s colours, he does the sonar thing to talk to sea creatures, and he can breathe underwater - but none of this raises any red flags as to his identity?! He’s also surrounded by people who can do water magic who you’d think would know all about the King of the Seas and could suggest to him that he might be Aquaman! The whole setup just seems so dumb and contrived. Meanwhile Mera’s stuck in Atlantis being asked to remarry and all the time pining for Arthur – real strong female protagonist there, Kelly Sue! The new character, Caille, is a bargain basement Maleficent and the story follows the unimaginative archetypical structure of “superhero punching monster” for a dull finale. The feeble mythology is of the dreary sort DeConnick bored readers with in Pretty Deadly. Robson Rocha’s art is very skilful at least and I thought the book looked superb despite the dreary script. All the crashing waves though made me feel like I was reading an extended Old Spice commercial! That’s a trend I’ve noticed with this title – Aquaman consistently gets quality artists and utterly horrible writers! Dan Abnett’s Aquaman was unreadable but Stjepan Šejić’s art was incredible. And even though this is a “Volume 1”, it’s still the Rebirth numbering, collecting issues #43-47. I hoped Aquaman, Volume 1: Unspoken Water would be a half decent read but, unfortunately, the title remains tedious and instantly forgettable flotsam.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Meh. This is as just as interesting as DeConnick's time on Captain Marvel and Pretty Deadly, as in, not very. Aquaman has amnesia now and hangs out with these old gods that are pretty much faceless. They have zero character. Not to mention DC's already got enough gods for Kelly Sue to play with with both the Greek and New Gods running around. The story was very decompressed, taking 5 issues for what could be contained in one. Mera (who is way more interesting than Aquaman) is barely to be found. Meh. This is as just as interesting as DeConnick's time on Captain Marvel and Pretty Deadly, as in, not very. Aquaman has amnesia now and hangs out with these old gods that are pretty much faceless. They have zero character. Not to mention DC's already got enough gods for Kelly Sue to play with with both the Greek and New Gods running around. The story was very decompressed, taking 5 issues for what could be contained in one. Mera (who is way more interesting than Aquaman) is barely to be found. For some reason, DeConnick has turned Mera into someone needed to be married off instead of the badass, self-confidant hero she is. Oh, and Aquaman gets tattoos just so he can look like Jason Mamoa. How long before he dies his hair black as well? Robson Rocha's kinetic art is the best reason to check this book out. Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Y'know, I am really happy that house DeFraction is actively writing comics again. Kelly Sue hasn't written any comics in a while, and Fraction's Sex Criminals is perpetually in the state of half-hiatus. I think it's thanks to Bendis jumping ship from Marvel to DC that both of them are starting to do comics more actively again, and I'm glad he managed to change their minds, since both of them expressed no interest in doing any more superhero stuff before. Kelly Sue on Aquaman, Fraction on Jimmy O Y'know, I am really happy that house DeFraction is actively writing comics again. Kelly Sue hasn't written any comics in a while, and Fraction's Sex Criminals is perpetually in the state of half-hiatus. I think it's thanks to Bendis jumping ship from Marvel to DC that both of them are starting to do comics more actively again, and I'm glad he managed to change their minds, since both of them expressed no interest in doing any more superhero stuff before. Kelly Sue on Aquaman, Fraction on Jimmy Olsen, all of those things make me very happy and excited about comics. But speaking of this first Aquaman volume, it's a very Kelly Sue DeConnick book — meaning that if you don't normally like her writing, this won't change your mind. Unspoken Water is very reminiscent of her work on Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel, it's heavy on mythology, fantasy and introspection. As a fan of Kelly Sue and her writing style I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of Rucka's (and, to some extent, Azzarello's) most recent work on Wonder Woman with its general tone and reliance on mythology. Robson Rocha's fantastic artwork also added a lot to the book, and I'm glad that he did the entire arc without any fill-in artists (an incredible feat these days). But the story definitely doesn't feature Arthur as much as it probably should given that the series is called Aquaman. Other than that, I liked this one a lot, and can't wait to see where it will go from here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I like Kelly Sue DeConnick, and I like Aquaman, so you'd think this'd be a slam dunk for me but alas I found the story a little wanting. Arthur is an amnesiac (always convenient when you want to introduce a fresh love interest but don't want the hero to come across as a total creep) and fetches up on the shores of an island of Forgotten Gods who need him to fight some Salty Old Hag on their beha I like Kelly Sue DeConnick, and I like Aquaman, so you'd think this'd be a slam dunk for me but alas I found the story a little wanting. Arthur is an amnesiac (always convenient when you want to introduce a fresh love interest but don't want the hero to come across as a total creep) and fetches up on the shores of an island of Forgotten Gods who need him to fight some Salty Old Hag on their behalf (no, seriously, that's the plot) while safeguarding a girl who may be said hags daughter...or not? It's a little confusing, honestly. Anyway, I guess my main point is that with all the highly publicized stories about how humanity is ruining the world's oceans these days you'd think a skilled writer wouldn't need half-baked creation myths to introduce conflict into the life of the King of the Seven Seas, but there you have it. I'll read the next volume now that this storyline (seemingly) has been tied up, hopefully AquaBro can get back to some soggy Atlantean shenanigans. PS Oh yeah, he also finally gets all tatted up to look a little more like Jason Momoa in his comics version. I'm fine with it, it's a good look for a dude who spends a pretty large amount of time shirtless.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    DeConnick’s Aquaman is adventurous, atypical, always amusing, and amazingly authored. Also, all-star artwork.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

    Kelly Sue DeConnick does for Aquaman what George Pérez did for Wonder Woman: the character is reinvented as part of the realm of existing ancient myths and gods. But where Pérez fleshed out Diana's place in the Greek pantheon, DeConnick draws more heavily from Celtic myth--with a smattering of other global deities thrown in. But even so, the premise and story arc are closely modeled after The Odyssey (hero is washed up on island, in love with a woman who is not his wife, his wife is being pressed by su Kelly Sue DeConnick does for Aquaman what George Pérez did for Wonder Woman: the character is reinvented as part of the realm of existing ancient myths and gods. But where Pérez fleshed out Diana's place in the Greek pantheon, DeConnick draws more heavily from Celtic myth--with a smattering of other global deities thrown in. But even so, the premise and story arc are closely modeled after The Odyssey (hero is washed up on island, in love with a woman who is not his wife, his wife is being pressed by suitors to remarry, the gods play out their feuds through him, etc). But it's Robson Rocha's art that truly sells the revised mythos. His panels and characters have the look and feel of old fables and mythical tales, with a touch of horror illustration for good measure. Gorgeous work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    2,5/5. I never been the biggest fan of Aquaman, but the beginning of this series catch my attention. Unfortunately, in the middle it became too much for me. Too much colorful, but with a drawing style that was not that great, it try to be epic, but ended up bringing lot of invented stuff to fill it and to try to express build a world which didn’t work for me. Too bad because at first, it look like it could have been some sort or origin or new start to an Aquaman series, but for my it was a fail 2,5/5. I never been the biggest fan of Aquaman, but the beginning of this series catch my attention. Unfortunately, in the middle it became too much for me. Too much colorful, but with a drawing style that was not that great, it try to be epic, but ended up bringing lot of invented stuff to fill it and to try to express build a world which didn’t work for me. Too bad because at first, it look like it could have been some sort or origin or new start to an Aquaman series, but for my it was a fail attempt and that won’t be the series that with grip me and that I will continue on.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I gave up after third issue. I couldn't finish it was so boring. However, the art is solid so 2 for that. Rest? BORING.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    This was another book where I just couldn't connect with DeConnicks writing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/08/0... After the Drowned Earth series, Aquaman’s fate is revealed in this new series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. This story begins with the amnesia trope as Arthur has washed up on a remote island, called Unspoken Water, and is saved by a beautiful young woman Caillie. He has no memory of his past and is hesitant of the water. The few island inhabitants are a strange lot and later reveal that Caillie is the daughter of a sea witch that was banished long ag This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/08/0... After the Drowned Earth series, Aquaman’s fate is revealed in this new series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. This story begins with the amnesia trope as Arthur has washed up on a remote island, called Unspoken Water, and is saved by a beautiful young woman Caillie. He has no memory of his past and is hesitant of the water. The few island inhabitants are a strange lot and later reveal that Caillie is the daughter of a sea witch that was banished long ago. The story then moves into a complicated mythology-heavy narrative about revenge. The island inhabitants, not surprisingly, are not what they seem, nor is Caillie. When Caillie and Arthur try to find her mother Namma to end the curse on the island, they get more than they bargained for. Mera had an incredibly small role in this story, and although I assume Arthur has not been missing long, she is being encouraged to remarry as this story has The Odyssey overtones. Later she realizes he is alive, so hopefully, this remarriage nonsense will be put to rest. The end of this volume promises a future battle with Namma, and I would hope it also includes Arthur reclaiming his identity and reuniting with Mera later in this series. The art was outstanding, with Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques visualizing DeConnick’s tale in a beautiful way. The water scenes, with waves crashing, made you feel as though you really were surrounded by the ocean. The pages showcasing the ten Gods as they merged between their human form and their godly form included great detail and I spent some time looking up the Gods along with their cultural connections and history. The coloring was vivid and brought the creatures to life as they burst out of the panels. The only minor issue I had was in Loc’s human portrayal, as it was an unnecessary caricature. As I’ve been on an Aquaman and Mera kick lately, I was pleased to receive this advance copy of the graphic novel through NetGalley. It is always interesting to see different author’s and artist’s versions of a character, but of course, there are some adaptations that will be more favored. In my case, it was Geoff Johns’ The New 52 that I have liked best, as this story became quite muddled in the middle with the mythology angle. I might look into the aforementioned Drowned Earth series, because all the Aquaman and Mera books I have read have been stand-alone stories, and I want to see them involved in the Justice League as integral members of the team. (Actual rating 3.5/5)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I knew almost as little about Aquaman as he does himself in this comic book (he has amnesia, so basically he knows nothing, including his own name, which is kind of where my knowledge ends apart from having seen Aquaman trailers and the hot mess that is Justice League where he's basically just a hype man for the other heroes), I mainly wanted to read this because it's written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I knew almost as little about Aquaman as he does himself in this comic book (he has amnesia, so basically he knows nothing, including his own name, which is kind of where my knowledge ends apart from having seen Aquaman trailers and the hot mess that is Justice League where he's basically just a hype man for the other heroes), I mainly wanted to read this because it's written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and I liked her run on Captain Marvel for the most part so I was interested to see what she'd do with this character. I don't feel like my lack of knowledge really hindered my understanding of this comic, I think the things that confused me about this would have confused me regardless of my prior knowledge because things just aren't that clear, Arthur is rescued from drowning and bought to a small village next to the coast where the residents obviously know more than they're saying, but I still don't know how much they knew, and if it really made sense. I thought the mythology of the sea and the gods associated with that was interesting, and I liked the way Arthur used some of his powers instinctually without knowing really what he was doing, but I didn't really find the rest of it very interesting and some of it was just confusing. The art was really good, it was generally quite clear what was happening art-wise and the way the water was drawn was really beautiful. Overall, this wasn't really for me, I'm interested to learn more about Aquaman and read other comics of his, but this one wasn't really for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Aquaman Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'm admittedly very behind in my Aquaman reading, though I've been doing better about the more recent series. This series caught my attention for a very specific reason; Kelly Sue DeConnick is the author. I love what she did for Captain Marvel, and thus will try almost any series she writes. Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water is the latest collected edition for Aquaman (duh) and follows the events I received a copy of Aquaman Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'm admittedly very behind in my Aquaman reading, though I've been doing better about the more recent series. This series caught my attention for a very specific reason; Kelly Sue DeConnick is the author. I love what she did for Captain Marvel, and thus will try almost any series she writes. Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water is the latest collected edition for Aquaman (duh) and follows the events of Drowned Earth. So if you haven't read that plotline, you might want to read it first. But honestly, you don't really have to. Just be aware that it starts out with Aquaman having lost his memories. (view spoiler)[ Aquaman Vol. 1 was a great followup to Drowned Earth. Though like I hinted at earlier, it could also be read as a standalone volume too. It's fairly self-contained, and most of the references in there are explained at least in part. Obviously, there is more of an impact if you know what happened to him before this, but sometimes you just have to jump into a series or you'll never get started. This volume is exactly what I was expecting for Kelly Sue DeConnick. You can so clearly see her writing style. So fans of hers will absolutely love this (like I did), while people who don't like her writing style has much will not enjoy this one so much (probably). I really loved the way the story progressed in this volume. The start was nice, subtle, and distinct. From there the pace shifted back and forth, sometimes moving forward rapidly, and at other times giving us a chance to really focus on a specific event. It was the perfect ebb and flow for the story they were telling. I honestly wouldn't mind seeing more of this style, to be honest. But then again, I am a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick's writing style, so I'm a bit biased here. I do think that shippers of Aquaman and Mera might be irritated at times here, but just remember that there's no clear indication of any confirmed relationship here. Arthur is simply a man who has lost his memories and is desperately seeking to find himself. Anything else is secondary. The conclusion to the plot was...intense. And it was beautifully drawn as well, which admittedly did help the impact of what was being shown/told. So major bonus points there. Both the imagery and the truth of what was happening was fascinating and expertly done. I'm actually a bit sad that this volume is over, but all good things must come to an end. I'll be curious to see what will be next in the Aquaman continuity though, as he has been through quite a lot in the last couple of years. (hide spoiler)] For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    The thing that keeps drawing me back to Aquaman is that there is no baseline to follow. While a lot of great people have worked on the book there aren't any quintessential story lines or beats we need to come back to. As a result, writers and artists are free to get strange. They can sink San Diego into the ocean or invent stuff like the trench and the brine and really embrace how strange the undersea world is and insert that into Aquaman's world. The last great example of this was the murky and The thing that keeps drawing me back to Aquaman is that there is no baseline to follow. While a lot of great people have worked on the book there aren't any quintessential story lines or beats we need to come back to. As a result, writers and artists are free to get strange. They can sink San Diego into the ocean or invent stuff like the trench and the brine and really embrace how strange the undersea world is and insert that into Aquaman's world. The last great example of this was the murky and shadowy Aquaman Underworld arch that let Stjepan Sejic fly his freak flag under water. This arch isn't that good but DeConnick has decided here to play around with sea mythology and along the way does some interesting world building. This is a slower pace than most super hero comics that might alienate some but I liked that she took her time and let the story and characters breath above and below the surface and let the strangeness happen.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water' by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Robson Rocha takes an amnesiac Arthur Curry and does interesting things with the character. In the wake (no pun intended) of the Drowned Earth storyline, Aquaman has lost his memory of who he is. He washes up on the shore of a small fishing village and is rescued by a young woman named Callie. Now he's wearing familiar colors, but goes by the name of Andy. Callie and the rest of the people in the town are not who the 'Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water' by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Robson Rocha takes an amnesiac Arthur Curry and does interesting things with the character. In the wake (no pun intended) of the Drowned Earth storyline, Aquaman has lost his memory of who he is. He washes up on the shore of a small fishing village and is rescued by a young woman named Callie. Now he's wearing familiar colors, but goes by the name of Andy. Callie and the rest of the people in the town are not who they seem to be at first, and as Andy/Arthur regains his memory, he finds himself in a cosmic fight. I like this story arc. I like the idea of Aquaman more than some of the execution of that idea. Here, we get an interesting retooling. The art is also interesting in this, with some epic splash pages and just all around nice art. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    I don't read many superhero graphic novels but this one caught my eye because it is Aquaman. I haven't seen the film and so I was hoping this would be an intro to the film. It wasn't but it was ok to read. The artwork is very colourful and I really enjoyed that but I thought the actual content of the story was just ok. Aquaman fans might really enjoy this though. Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    giulia

    ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm not caught up with superheroes comics but when i saw this one about aquaman i was intrigued. The design and colors were really gorgeous but the actual content of the story was bland and lacking to me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    Very good. I'm really impressed by the new creative team and can't wait to see where the series is going from here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    I'm not really an Aquaman fan (not counting the crush seven-year-old me had on the cartoon version from the 70s Justice League cartoon series), but I am a DeConnick fan, so I thought I'd give this a whirl. I don't know how it will work for Aquafans, but I enjoyed the story and didn't feel like I needed to read extensive back volumes in order to know what was going on, which made it work for me. Plus, the art is gorgeous, so bonus points for that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    Following the events of Drowned Earth, this graphic novel combining Aquaman comics #43-47 opens with the hero of the sea washing ashore of the strange community of Unspoken Water - a small village of older adults barely surviving via what they can catch in their fishing nets - with absolutely no memory of who he is, or his past. Donned with the nickname "Andy" by the villagers, Arthur Curry - the Lord of Atlantis - befriends a young woman named Caille who seems obsessed with the sea, otherwise s Following the events of Drowned Earth, this graphic novel combining Aquaman comics #43-47 opens with the hero of the sea washing ashore of the strange community of Unspoken Water - a small village of older adults barely surviving via what they can catch in their fishing nets - with absolutely no memory of who he is, or his past. Donned with the nickname "Andy" by the villagers, Arthur Curry - the Lord of Atlantis - befriends a young woman named Caille who seems obsessed with the sea, otherwise seeking help from the villagers to find out who he is and why he's there (the villagers are sure the sea gave him to them for a reason) ... while at the same time there seems something hidden, almost wrong, with the very people Andy is trying to befriend. Remaining spoiler-free, that's about as much as can be said here ... except that Unspoken Water just might be the most sumptuous, beautifully-illustrated graphic novel this reader has ever read. DeConnick's story, as well, doesn't miss a trick, the mystery of the village and what's really going on building suspense perfectly - as well as playing in a big way into the mythology of Aquaman and his history - before an enemy comes forward and some pretty hard battle lines are drawn (and fought). The strong story and characters only help the reader buy into what's going on, emotional investment in the characters guaranteed - but truly, beautifully, nearly every page of this lush graphic novel is a sensational work or art, doing Arthur Curry's alter ego total justice; whenever water/the sea appears on the page, it's as if it's a separate character of its own, fully come to live. I can't even remember how many times I must have said "Wow" under my breath, turning the pages of this gem, and with a brilliant story and plenty of action and a major super-villain to back it up, Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water may well be the best DC graphic novel I've ever read. 5/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia Smith

    Thank you to NetGalley and DC for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am beyond grateful. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha are an unstoppable duo. The story and art of this trade paperback are both amazing, and as high as my expectations already were, they were exceeded. I have never been an avid Aquaman fan, but I did go to see the Aquaman movie last winter and enjoyed it. Since then I have begun to dip my toes into his story. When I saw that DeConnick (author of my pers Thank you to NetGalley and DC for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am beyond grateful. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha are an unstoppable duo. The story and art of this trade paperback are both amazing, and as high as my expectations already were, they were exceeded. I have never been an avid Aquaman fan, but I did go to see the Aquaman movie last winter and enjoyed it. Since then I have begun to dip my toes into his story. When I saw that DeConnick (author of my personal favorite run of Captain Marvel comics) was working on the new Aquaman comics, I knew I needed to read them as soon as possible. Even if you know very little about Aquaman and his story, this collection of comics is still extremely followable and enjoyable. It starts off a little slow, for about the first 10 pages, but once it picks up, you will be fully hooked. If you have any interest in Aquaman, or even getting started reading some DC, this would be a great place to start, because you don't have to worry about crossovers with other comics. Any reader is bound to be captivated by the story and characters, especially since it is paired with such well-done art. An easy five stars. This collected edition of comics will be published on August 13th, and it is not one you are going to want to miss!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Until the movie “Justice League,” all I knew about Aquaman was that he was the punchline of many a joke, and I didn’t have any interest in his stories. But if anyone is going to make me pick up an Aquaman comic, it’s Kelly Sue DeConnick. The ocean is angry. At least, the mysterious inhabitants of the village of Unspoken Water believe so, and they tell their story to the handsome amnesiac they’ve been h *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Until the movie “Justice League,” all I knew about Aquaman was that he was the punchline of many a joke, and I didn’t have any interest in his stories. But if anyone is going to make me pick up an Aquaman comic, it’s Kelly Sue DeConnick. The ocean is angry. At least, the mysterious inhabitants of the village of Unspoken Water believe so, and they tell their story to the handsome amnesiac they’ve been housing. (Aquaman. It’s Aquaman.) They’re tired of the ocean’s wrath, and try to strike a deal: if he completes a small quest, they’ll give him a drink that will restore his memories. He agrees and, of course, nothing goes according to plan. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of Aquaman comics and storylines to enjoy Unspoken Waters, mostly because he doesn’t really feel like a titular character. The main story is a creation mythology where the relationship between Mother and Father gods and their godling children sours, and A. happens to be in the right place at the right time to fight for humanity’s survival. He is selfless and endearing, and I think it’s a great way to introduce him to new readers. In future issues, we’ll learn who he is the same time he’s learning it. The rest—his history, his full powers, the entanglements of his past—will fall into place later. It’s enough for now that we know he’s a standup guy, powerful but humble, clever and a team player. At least so far. And I’m usually not so dim, but it took me a full day to realize the story is chock full of parallels to The Odyssey. I was thinking that Mera’s one short scene didn’t make much sense, until it hit me, and I facepalmed and shouted “OH! SUITORS!” Memory loss, abandoned wife, angry ocean, gods and godlings, a multi-headed monster defending her island…ok, I see it now, and I like it more. I love a good Odyssey reference. The artwork is superb, and reminds me of classic comic book art. I don’t have the knowledge or vocabulary to get into specifics, but the layout, the poses, remind me of classic DC art. I loved the face details in the close-ups: a slightly pursed lip, one frown muscle, expressive eyebrows. As much as the splash pages were over-the-top explosive, the tight portraits were subtle and communicated better than dialogue. But it’s hard to really call it an *Aquaman* comic. The conflicts are so much bigger than himself, and most of the story is someone else’s mythology. I still like it, and I might continue reading DeConnick’s run on it, but it was an unusual way to introduce a superhero. Rating: 4 of 5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    For good or for bad, this comes across as a heightening of the mythology of Aquaman – well, it was never that good so they just have to try and reboot and make it differently dodgy every couple of years; that's a given. King Arthur is washed up and being called Andy on an island, which – lo and behold – is peopled by a handful of old codgers. Unfortunately we only meet the kindly housewife one and the bonkers one, ignoring the fact we ought to be told about the others, before he's sent on a miss For good or for bad, this comes across as a heightening of the mythology of Aquaman – well, it was never that good so they just have to try and reboot and make it differently dodgy every couple of years; that's a given. King Arthur is washed up and being called Andy on an island, which – lo and behold – is peopled by a handful of old codgers. Unfortunately we only meet the kindly housewife one and the bonkers one, ignoring the fact we ought to be told about the others, before he's sent on a mission that isn't what it seems, which will ultimately reveal the whole island's codgers to be not what they seem, either. It's hokum, and you have to hope it knows it, for it doesn't read that way – it's hard to believe this is actually played straight, though. The one saving grace of the book is the quality of the artwork – this won't get churned out at this quality month after month after month, for it's just too detailed and interesting-looking. If only the story could match. Two and a half stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I gotta say after reading this, a person is gonna need to read the drowned storyline along with this. The idea of old gods in here is an interesting one in contrast to the clash with other ocean gods from that story. In a way a clash between the old gods and even older gods is a classic epic. Unfortunately, the stakes feel pretty tame. Every little detail that comes up reminds me of some obvious flaws like surprises with no depth. The characters that come out don't feel all that fleshed out for I gotta say after reading this, a person is gonna need to read the drowned storyline along with this. The idea of old gods in here is an interesting one in contrast to the clash with other ocean gods from that story. In a way a clash between the old gods and even older gods is a classic epic. Unfortunately, the stakes feel pretty tame. Every little detail that comes up reminds me of some obvious flaws like surprises with no depth. The characters that come out don't feel all that fleshed out for one. Some of the covers also falsely advertise the stories of their issues. If anything this is just DeConnick setting up for further Aquaman adventures complete with a new trident. Hopefully this goes the way of DeConnick's Captain Marvel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson

    Unspoken Water puts Arthur Curry in a pretty cliche situation. He doesn't know who he and woke up on an island with no memory of who he is. This boring premise tries t stir up an exciting story: the old gods are punishing for their transgressions Arthur is stuck in the middle and must find his powers while those on the island lie to him about who he is. The coloring and art is lovely except for when it isn't. There is one section where the yellow words are on a bight green background. These Unspoken Water puts Arthur Curry in a pretty cliche situation. He doesn't know who he and woke up on an island with no memory of who he is. This boring premise tries t stir up an exciting story: the old gods are punishing for their transgressions Arthur is stuck in the middle and must find his powers while those on the island lie to him about who he is. The coloring and art is lovely except for when it isn't. There is one section where the yellow words are on a bight green background. These sections were hard to read and were literally painful. I was not impressed by this compilation and not really interested in continuing with the story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water by Kelly DeConnick, et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late July. Caille and Arausio (aka Andy) are portrayed as two people living most of their lives on an island, but who are meant to return to Atlantis. And by ‘meant to,’ I mean like everyone and everything and stories and portents and witches who turn into sea monsters are telling them to go back. Granted, the art is very nice and the use of color is superb, but, with such a single-prong Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water by Kelly DeConnick, et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late July. Caille and Arausio (aka Andy) are portrayed as two people living most of their lives on an island, but who are meant to return to Atlantis. And by ‘meant to,’ I mean like everyone and everything and stories and portents and witches who turn into sea monsters are telling them to go back. Granted, the art is very nice and the use of color is superb, but, with such a single-prong, choice-based story, it’s really (and pardon the pun) a house of sand.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Arthur has washed up on an island without memories of who he is. The village of Unspoken Water takes him him and he trys to make a life while haunted by his lost memories. Then a challenge arrives - the ocean is dying and there is a possible way to save it. But it requires Arthur to face his fear of the sea and deliver a village girl to her mother. But nothing is as it seems. Instead of a reunion, Arthur finds a fight, unexpected champions, and momentary victory. Meanwhile, Meera finds out that Arthur has washed up on an island without memories of who he is. The village of Unspoken Water takes him him and he trys to make a life while haunted by his lost memories. Then a challenge arrives - the ocean is dying and there is a possible way to save it. But it requires Arthur to face his fear of the sea and deliver a village girl to her mother. But nothing is as it seems. Instead of a reunion, Arthur finds a fight, unexpected champions, and momentary victory. Meanwhile, Meera finds out that Arthur is alive!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    This volume of Aquaman includes the first issues of Kelly DeConnick's run on the character. I enjoyed the story. I appreciated that it was a new and creative plotline with new characters that incorporated the mythologies of various cultures. I also thought that the art was great. I did miss having classic Aquaman characters like Mera in the story, but overall I thought it was a great new take on Aquaman. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of This volume of Aquaman includes the first issues of Kelly DeConnick's run on the character. I enjoyed the story. I appreciated that it was a new and creative plotline with new characters that incorporated the mythologies of various cultures. I also thought that the art was great. I did miss having classic Aquaman characters like Mera in the story, but overall I thought it was a great new take on Aquaman. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woods

    Aquaman Vol.1: Unspoken Water finds Arthur Curry living on an island full of some strange characters. Arthur has no memory of who he is but still stepping up when a hero is needed. An island of washed up Gods needs Aquaman's help to save the world and they may just give him the elixir he needs to restore his memory. The story takes an interesting turn and the action sequences build up nicely for an exciting new story arc featuring the hero of the sea. The art compliments the story nicely for an Aquaman Vol.1: Unspoken Water finds Arthur Curry living on an island full of some strange characters. Arthur has no memory of who he is but still stepping up when a hero is needed. An island of washed up Gods needs Aquaman's help to save the world and they may just give him the elixir he needs to restore his memory. The story takes an interesting turn and the action sequences build up nicely for an exciting new story arc featuring the hero of the sea. The art compliments the story nicely for an enjoyable read. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Aquaman has long been considered the butt of a joke. This is most evident in the Super Friends cartoon, where he didn’t do much other than to talk to fish. But with a devoted comics fanbase, as well as a big-budgeted blockbuster starring Jason Momoa with all his muscle and charisma, suddenly Aquaman is more than a joke. Enter Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha’s Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water. Aquaman has long been considered the butt of a joke. This is most evident in the Super Friends cartoon, where he didn’t do much other than to talk to fish. But with a devoted comics fanbase, as well as a big-budgeted blockbuster starring Jason Momoa with all his muscle and charisma, suddenly Aquaman is more than a joke. Enter Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha’s Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water. Please click here for my full review.

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