[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Andy (Aquaman) and Caille have just arrived on Namma’s island, and something has happened to Caille. She’s mutated into some form of creature and now proclaims herself to be the Cailleach. Namma arrives shortly after, and Caille attacks Aquaman. He repels her while pleading that she come to her senses. Namma herself attacks Arthur immediately after, and her power is shown to be immense. Meanwhile, back at the Village of Unspoken Waters, the gods convene and debate whether they help Andy (Arthur) and Caille in their encounter with Namma.
Aquaman #46 forces our hero into a battle with an old god. Namma is threatening to wipe all life from the sea, and it’s up to Aquaman and Caille to stop her.
It’s the most action we’ve gotten in a few issues, and it’s quite compelling action to boot. Caille has discovered that she’s not quite who she thought herself to be, and Arthur still has no memory of his own identity and is now fighting an old god of salt and sea. Namma herself is a scorned mother looking to punish her disobediant children.
The debate and conflict among the gods of Unspoken Waters adds an interesting twist and promises an even more exciting battle next issue, when the young gods and goddesses face their mother after an eternity apart.
Robson Rocha remains an artistic powerhouse, leaving every panel of the comic dripping with detail and texture. The designs of Cailleach and Namma are both quite impressive, as are the designs of the young gods in their true forms. The battle between “Andy” and Namma looks fantastic too. Sunny Gho’s color work as well as Daniel Henriques inking wraps it all up in exquisite impact and color.
Aquaman #46 brings “Unspoken Water” to its climax in an epic battle between Aquaman and an ancient and raging mother goddess. Arthur may not have enough strength for the fight, but his bravery just might awaken those who do. In any case, this one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Aquaman #46 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 FCO Plascencia, and variant cover artist Esteban Maroto.