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Aquaman #43 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on December 19, 2018

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Robson Rocha
Inker: Daniel Henriques
Colourist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
 
For the longest time, perhaps since Geoff Johns left the title way back in the New 52, Aquaman has been… treading water.
 
Okay, I'm done. His stories simply haven't been exciting me and Dan Abnett's work on the title was pretty mediocre. A new direction is what I needed, and it's what we're getting in this opening arc by this new creative team.
 
I'd hardly call this issue exciting or groundbreaking, though. New writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is approaching the character from a very different place than we're used to, but I wasn't too blown away by it. This is the second time this year that a major DC hero has lost their memory with the whole point of the story being them eventually going back to their old identity, so this is a major reason as to why I'm not excited. I also don't care at all about Aquaman himself, nor do I care about his new identity of Andy, and thus I'm not entirely compelled by this.
 
Artistically, I think this is a step in the right direction. Robson Rocha, when working with his regular inker Daniel Henriques, is a damn treasure and it's been time DC gave him a big book to chew on. His art is fantastic and Sunny Gho's colouring creates this amazing mood that gives the island Andy's on such personality and creepiness, and the occasional bursts of colours like red is simply good storytelling.
 
Overall I was mixed on this. It's beautiful, but I need to spend more time with the characters before deciding if I like it or not.
 

Our Score:

6/10

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