A Spiritual Journey For A King In Aquaman #42

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Aquaman and Wonder Woman beseeched Poseidon to help the Justice League save Earth from the Ocean Lords. In response, Poseidon impaled Arthur on a trident. Arthur awakens with his dad on a boat in an ocean of blood. It is the Dead Sea, where gods, legends, and heroes go upon death. However, Aquaman’s story is not yet done, and his father wants to guide him where he needs to go. However, many of Arthur’s old enemies, such as Black Manta, Ocean Master, and Corum Rath, are waiting in the Dead Sea and hoping to keep Aquaman here forever.

Aquaman #42 cover by Eduardo Pansica, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
Aquaman #42 cover by Eduardo Pansica, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas

Aquaman #42 presents a spiritual journey for Arthur Curry brought about by the near-fatal attack of Poseidon. The exact reason Poseidon attacked Aquaman is not yet revealed in this issue, and we don’t know why it brought Arthur to the Dead Sea.
That said, it is a nice read for the Arthur Curry fan who want more of a dive into the character. At his heart, he isn’t a king; he is an explorer. He wants to traverse the seas, and he still idolizes his dad.
I can’t say it does anything to especially deepen the character of Arthur, but it did serve humanize Arthur to a point.
Aquaman #42 art by Lan Medina, Vicente Cifuentes, Gabe Eltaeb, and letterer Steve Wands
Aquaman #42 art by Lan Medina, Vicente Cifuentes, Gabe Eltaeb, and letterer Steve Wands

Lan Medina once again proves to be an incredible talent, delivering phenomenal artwork to this issue of Aquaman. The detailing is impeccable, the monsters and villains in the Dead Sea look as imposing as ever, and Aquaman himself looks like the legend he is. Vicente Cifuente inks the visuals quite well, and Gabe Eltaeb nails it on providing vibrant and grabbing color work.
Aquaman #42 is a solid character-focused issue. Admittedly, it does feel like a filler book while “Drowned Earth” advances in the newest issue of Justice League. That said Dan Abnett does a good job of making the book feel meaningful in the broader Aquaman canon. As such, I can recommend it as a decent read. Feel free to pick it up.
Aquaman #42 comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artist Lan Medina, inker Vicente Cifuentes, color artist Gabe Eltaeb, letterer Steve Wands, cover artist Eduardo Pansica, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas, and variant cover artist Ben Oliver.

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