Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, this is becoming something of a regular occasion, and I personally will be enjoying it for as long as it lasts.
Aquaman, Vol. 6: Maelstrom by Jeff Parker
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: Aquaman #6 (New 52)
Publisher: DC Comics (July 7, 2015)
Author Information: Twitter
Length: 240 pages
Connor’s Rating: 4 stars
When I read the first book of The New 52 Aquaman I was hooked. This series amazing, because of three things: great characters, interesting stories, and awesome illustrations. I can tell you that this a series every super hero lover really needs to read. Aquaman has never been so good!
This book starts out fairly slow with the origins of Aquaman and Mera. Then we get a cool new enemy in Chimer; a human/sea monster thing, who is really cool. And, finally, the real story starts where Arthur’s past comes back to haunt him. This big mystery might be a little confusing unless you’ve read the story up to this point, but if you hang on, you can catch up quickly.
For those you don’t already know, Aquaman aka Arthur Curry was born to a human and an Atlantean. Arthur only a baby when his mother Atlanna left him in the surface world with his father, while she returned to the depths to rule Atlantis. Her plan to one day go back to her land family. But things didn’t turn out to well for Arthur’s mom though; an assassin killing her shortly after she takes the throne. Or, at least, that is what Arthur has always been told.
From here, Jeff Parker and the crew do a great job creating a page turner. The mysteries keep coming. Arthur keeps kicking butt. There are some jokes. A few “what the hades” pages. Martian Manhunter, Gorilla City, and Grodd show up, and the story gets over way too fast.
A year ago my dad told me I really needed to read Aquaman. Really wasn’t very excited about it. Aquaman seemed pretty lame. But as I read that first graphic novel and the ones after I liked the stories more and more. Now, if you asked me my favorite, I would probably still say volume one was the best, but this sixth volume was really good and probably my second favorite, especially how Aquaman and Mera’s pasts are explained. So I’d encourage all comic lovers to give Aquaman a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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About Connor (In his dad’s words):
Connor is a preteen who enjoys graphic novels (DC Comics are preferred), superhero movies (Captain America is his favorite), watching episodes of The Flash, Arrow, Smallville and American Pickers as well as the NFL, NCAA football, and the NBA on t.v., will happily accept any and all caps (because you just can’t have too many caps), and whose favorite music revolves around pop favorites of the moment such as Cake by the Ocean (Clean version because dad is still alive) as well as anything by Fall Out Boy — except for the new Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) song which Connor denies they were ever involved with. And, no, Connor did not have any input into my paragraph about him. Being a dad does have it’s privileges. 🙂