[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Mera still longs for Aquaman, even if she and all of Atlantis believes that Arthur Curry is dead. That said, Atlantis wants a queen and a king, and Mera has suitors lined up wanting her hand in marriage. Meanwhile, “Andy” is still longing for his memories and his true identity. He’s been told that he must take the witch, Caille, to her mother, Nammi, on an island near Unspoken Waters. Caille doesn’t want to go back, though, even if Andy longs for his memories.
Aquaman #44 is another slower issue for the series. After Drowned Earth, Aquaman #43 set up a life for Arthur Curry/Andy in the remote island village of Unspoken Waters.
This issue reveals some of the secrets of the villagers, but the pacing is more easy-going. Also, there is little-to-no action.
All of this said, Aquaman #44 is still a fairly entertaining read. The drama between Arthur and Caille is compelling, and the revelations about the old villagers comes as a genuine surprise and adds to the mystery of this island.
The slowness of it all is still a bit of a detriment. It doesn’t feel like anything is accomplished, gained, or lost in this comic. Even with the revelations about the villagers, we’re still at the same place we were at the beginning of the book.
Robson Rocha’s artwork is powerful and expressive. The way he plays with shadows and shape is impeccable, and it does wonders for the vaguely mystical aura of the island. Arthur himself still looks regal and impressive, if understandably weathered. The inking of Daniel Henriques gives the additional punch and depth the visuals need. Sunny Gho’s color work is vibrant and explosive.
Aquaman #44 is a solid read. While the plot seems to lumber slowly forward in this issue, the character work and visuals keep the reader engaged and the issue overall worthwhile. This one is worth recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Aquaman #44 comes to us from writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, artist Robson Rocha, inker Daniel Henriques, color artist Sunny Gho, letterer Clayton Cowles, cover artist Rocha with Henriques and Gho, and variant cover artist Rafael Albuquerque.