Aquaman, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Aquaman, Vol. 1

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 wo...

Details Aquaman, Vol. 1

TitleAquaman, Vol. 1
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Reviews Aquaman, Vol. 1

  • 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...
  • 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 mor...
  • 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...
  • Donovan
    DeConnick’s Aquaman is adventurous, atypical, always amusing, and amazingly authored. Also, all-star artwork.
  • 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 s...
  • Roy
    This was another book where I just couldn't connect with DeConnicks writing.
  • Nancy
    This review can also be found on my blog: 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 editi...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 C...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 NetGall...
  • 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.Please click here for my full review.
  • Allisa White
    I was not expecting to be blown away by an Aquaman story. I thought it would be fun, action-packed, without much depth (kind of like the movie). But Unspoken Water delivered so much more than that.DC Comics builds a lot of their setting around science fiction elements, but what sets this Aquaman story apart is that it is built on mythology and fantasy elements. There is a beautiful creation story woven into the narrative, and the art that came wi...
  • Helen
    I received a free digital copy in exchange for my honest review.Out of all the DC characters, Aquaman is the one I know the least about. In fact, I know nothing about Aquaman. That said, I surprisingly enjoyed this! Surprising because I didn't think I would be able to follow the story since I knew nothing going in. But, I enjoyed the mythology and fantasy aspects of the story. Excited to see how the story evolves.
  • Nathaniel Darkish
    Though there were some cool ideas, I ended up not really liking this book I was so in the dark for pretty much all of it. When I pick up a first volume, I expect to be given enough context to be able to pick up the book as a newcomer, but this did not give it to me, and as the book progressed I just felt like I had more questions rather than having my initial confusion addressed.The art is pretty good, at least.
  • Shawn
    Aquaman washes ashore in a strange village with amnesia, then the troubles begin. Beautiful art. The story is light on Aquaman actually, but in a good way. Arthur is challenging the most powerful enemy there is and only divine help will see him through. Loved the mythological nods, look forward to volume 2.Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to read a pre-release copy of this book.
  • Alicia
    I love Aquaman. I feel like he gets the short end of the stick when it comes to comic book heroes. In this comic he faces his fears of the ocean and tries to regain his lost memories. The artwork was sick, as always. The story was beautiful, but I wanted more of Queen Mera. I wanted to see her reunited with this 'Andy.' Namma was really interesting and I loved getting the lore behind a lot of the story. And to men, the island inhabitants were a t...
  • Nikki
    I'm a big fan of the classic superhero narrative. Usually, alterations to it feel a little...overly avant-garde; this time, thankfully, that wasn't the case. DeConnick mixed the classic with the American-Gods-esque mythological well. I didn't want it to end where it did, but that just gives me an excuse to go to the comic book store and catch up.