Comic Review: Aquaman #44 (DC Comics)

DC’s Aquaman #44 brings us a strong tale of land and see. See what you think of this review: I recently saw the movie Aquaman and enjoyed it. It was […]

DC’s Aquaman #44 brings us a strong tale of land and see. See what you think of this review:

I recently saw the movie Aquaman and enjoyed it. It was a bit of a reminder of the power of cinema, first, but also a tap on the shoulder about the potential for this hero. Aquaman has been with us for decades, of course. Created by Paul Norris in 1941, he also had his own comic in the Silver and Bronze age of DC Comics, that is, the 1960’s and 1970’s. Over time, he became an almost parody of himself on TV Cartoons. The dumb man with the mullet.

Enter the 2010s, and the ongoing jokes about Aquaman have pretty much washed away, leaving the powerful character in the new Hollywood movie.

Having had my interest in Aquaman refreshed, I checked out the newest issue, Part 2 of 5 of ‘Unspoken Water’.. And was very impressed and surprised!

Aquaman has amnesia, and now lives on land, fearing water. No shower, no rain. No water, please! He is obsessed with a red-haired woman of his dreams. In his village, he seeks answers. Who is he, and how did he get there? There seems to be no one who can tell him, but it all leads to a magic ceremony on the beach one night. What will happen as Aquaman approaches the edge of the ocean, surrounded by flames?

Issue 44 is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, with pencils by Robson Rocha, inks by Daniel Henriques, and colours by Sunny Cho. It is a tremendous team, producing a gripping, transfixing story. DeConnick is a master of capturing drama, moment by moment.

The ‘Unspoken Water’ is solid, and the graphics are compelling. Rocha’s figures are dynamic and well proportioned. There is something majestic about how he draws characters. The camera angle is low. The lighting is dramatic. Colouring is another character in the storytelling; emphasizing and enhancing, entrancing, dancing around the tale.

You gotta see this one; and the next issue looks golden too!

DC Comics, Aquaman #44, $3.99 for 24 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!