GRAPHIC NOVELS

Aquaman. Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

DC. Aug. 2019. 152p. ISBN 9781401292478. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9781779501431. $17.99. Rated: Teen+. superhero
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Writer DeConnick (Pretty Deadly) and artists Rocha (Supergirl) and Henriques (Deathstroke) usher in a new era in the adventures of Arthur Curry, better known as Justice League charter member Aquaman. Fans expecting a swashbuckling romp in the mode of the recent hit film might want to check their expectations, though, as this collection of Issues 43–47 of the ongoing series delivers a tale simultaneously grander and more contemplative, opening with our hero living among the denizens of the small seaside village Unknown Water, with no memory of his life before washing ashore there. After Arthur’s involvement with an enigmatic woman named Caille—who appears to hold the key to understanding why the ocean seems intent on punishing the people of Unknown Water—leads to the discovery of a new enemy, he’s forced to abandon his quest of discovering his origins in order to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.
VERDICT DeConnick is in no rush to offer any explanations for Arthur’s new circumstances, which results in occasionally frustrating early chapters, but the story picks up in the second half and heads to a thrilling climax that upends Arthur’s history and promises intriguing escapades to come

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