It’s only getting worse for Arthur Curry in Aquaman #13. It looks like Black Manta’s thought of everything. And whilst usually, the villain’s antics are a little stereotypical we have to admit – we’re quite impressed with the sheer intelligence behind this plot. It’s this type of storyline that really solidifies Aquaman’s transition to cult joke into fully fledged superhero. He’s always been a hero, but the political nature of his individual story has genuinely helped form a more well rounded version of the Atlantean King that we haven’t seen as much prior to this.

Even including the Justice League in the negotiations with the American Government felt fluid and natural. Why wouldn’t they try and resolve a situation like this? Whilst it’s definitely an Aquaman story, it’s a lot larger than that. It’s part espionage, part superhero and part political drama. And it balances the three perfectly across Aquaman #13. This is to DC Comics what Captain America: The Winter Soldier was to Marvel Studios. It shakes the world up in a huge way that won’t leave it’s key characters the same as they were. It’s an incredibly bold issue, as it deals with the world facing down upon Atlantis with an almost venomous glare.

The ramifications of the issue sees a target placed upon Arthurs head, and it’s only going to get worse from here. Although whilst it’s great to see the creation of new villainous types for him to go up against, we can’t help but feel the Aquamarines are being dragged out a little – similar to how ‘Shaggyman’ was several issues back. Aside from that, the writing of this story from Dan Abnett is nothing short of cleverly brilliant. The political real world approach to the character works wonders. And it’s one of those rare comics where we can’t quite see where a resolution will evolve from. One thing’s for certain though, Arthur Curry’s world will never be the same again.

8.9 Fantastic
  • Plot 9.8
  • Political Drama 9.5
  • Aquamarines 7.5

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