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, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Reviews Aquaman, Vol. 1

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 behalf (no, seriously, that's the plot) while safeguardin...
  • Donovan
    DeConnick’s Aquaman is adventurous, atypical, always amusing, and amazingly authored. Also, all-star artwork.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • RG
    This was another book where I just couldn't connect with DeConnicks writing.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    Kelly Sue DeConnick returns to mainstream comics to pen a brand new arc of Aquaman, spinning out of the events of Drowned Earth as Arthur finds himself an amnesiac trapped on an island full of strange men and women with even stranger secrets.First off, I love that this manages to be both an organic continuation from what came before and a brand new starting point all at the same time. That takes some doing, but DeConnick does it really well. She ...
  • 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...
  • Ma'Belle
    Whoa. With this comic, Kelly Sue DeConnick has entered the realm of myth maker. This is far and away the best Aquaman story I've ever read - not that there are many great Aquaman stories out there, lezbehonest, but ... Geoff Johns and Jason Momoa, eat your heart out. And the ART! It's rare that I find myself just staring at the pages and panels of a comic in awe of what they've created visually, but Robson Rocha et al have designed and delivered ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • julie
    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.
  • Amy!
    I think this is the first Aquaman book I've ever read, and I enjoyed it. Kelly Sue's writing is so poetic and lovely, which really elevates this volume. I would definitely check out future installments.
  • RWQuilter
    Nice reimagining...enables a nearly fresh start to the series.
  • Lukas Holmes
    That was pretty fun. I love old-gods stuff.
  • 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...
  • Adam Fisher
    3.5 Stars.In the overall picture of the DC Universe, things have been very hectic for Aquaman lately... enough so that I would say he deserves a break. But is the story that I would have picked? Not really. Let me explain...Aquaman is now a resident of the town of Unspoken Water, which is on a remote island somewhere. He has no memory, including his name, who he is, his powers.... nothing. The people there are kind of weird, and are ultimately re...
  • 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...
  • Dakota Morgan
    I think I missed several volumes of Aquaman adventures - he's now an amnesiac, washed up on an island populated with old gods? Huh. Ah well, Unspoken Water doesn't need to rehash the past to be a fun read. It's not exactly ground-breaking, being 50% underwater punch-fests, but the art is crisp and detailed, and the plot is unexpectedly enticing: when the island residents tell Aquaman to take a young woman to a nearby witch, he begrudgingly compli...