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Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

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ARC from Netgalley.
3.5 Stars.
In the overall picture of the DC Universe, things have been very hectic for Aquaman lately... enough so that I would say he deserves a break. But is the story that I would have picked? Not really. Let me explain...
Aquaman is now a resident of the town of Unspoken Water, which is on a remote island somewhere. He has no memory, including his name, who he is, his powers.... nothing. The people there are kind of weird, and are ultimately revealed as sea creatures and gods, but no one seems to want to tell him anything about who he is... unless he helps them.
The action and story is good, but what I don't understand is WHY? Why do we need to take Arthur back to zero when there have been so many great stories recently involving struggles and establishing the kingdom and Mera's reign over it? Other than getting some mystical tattoos near the end (which I can only assume is so that he more closely matches the film version) I don't see any change in the character. He supposedly will get his memories back at the beginning of the next Volume, but this Volume ends up feeling very strongly like filler.

Partial recommend. If things go in a completely different direction in the next Volume, this one will be rendered useless.
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First of all, I cannot wait to continue with this series, this is Volume 1 of Unspoke Water and damn was it good.  It's Aquaman, so of course I knew it was going to be great, but I really didn't know what I was going to get, so we get an amnesiac Arthur and washed ashore on a remote island.  Of course after a while he wants to find out who he truly is, the woman who took care of him, Callie, also wants to meet her mom, so both of them go the adventure that will make Arthur an hero even he still doesn't know who he is.

SO good, I can't wait to see what the next volume will bring, when he will find out who he truly his...I want more answers and of course more adventures.

4 out 5 stars.

I got a free copy of this Volume from NetGalley.
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Kelly Sue DeConnick's Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water is new-reader friendly, with the title character only knowing small bits about his own identity and with scant references to past continuity; it's a book anyone could pick up and know what's going on. Going forward I will be curious to see how or if DeConnick can integrate what she's set up here into a more traditional Aquaman book. There's an extended legend of a pantheon of sea gods presented in the third chapter that is unexpectedly gripping. In this, one senses what this book is trying to be, something mythological that extends the "Aqua-man"'s purview beyond just the typical Atlantis. Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water ends with a movie-tattooed Arthur blessed by the ocean itself and gifted with a new trident of unknown power, scraping off some of the character's continuity barnacles and readying him for the future.
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As a huge fan of Aquaman, I found this to be quite good. The amnesiac storyline was a different angle to the character and brought upon a series of events that made for good storytelling though did sometimes fall flat. Seeing Arthur eventually come into his own regardless of his lack of memories was endearing and the mythology felt reminiscent to Wonder Woman, which I thought was really interesting. The art was beautiful as it was intricate, which is to be expected in every Aquaman comic. I think it was a nice introduction overall and made just enough room for future volumes.
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Arthur has washed up on an island without memories of who he is. The village of Unspoken Water takes him him and he trys to make a life while haunted by his lost memories. Then a challenge arrives - the ocean is dying and there is a possible way to save it. But it requires Arthur to face his fear of the sea and deliver a village girl to her mother. But nothing is as it seems. Instead of a reunion, Arthur finds a fight, unexpected champions, and momentary victory. Meanwhile, Meera finds out that Arthur is alive!
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Aquaman washes ashore on a remote island with no memory of who he is or how he got there.  After being taken in by a local family he is thrust into the middle of a mystery surrounding a strange young woman and an ancient curse from the sea.

I wasn't all that impressed with this one. Good art but the plot was basically just a hodgepodge of various classic god and hero mythologies. 

***Thanks To NetGalley for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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I am not a huge fan of Aquaman, I thought the New 52 changed directions is a good way and then the movie really showed me a lot of what epic craziness the character was capable. of. This is a good book in the vein of the movie crowd. I am not a fan of the amnesia storyline given in this it felt tired and not overly interesting. I did enjoy the art quite well but ultimately felt this story was lacking.
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This volume of Aquaman includes the first issues of Kelly DeConnick's run on the character. I enjoyed the story. I appreciated that it was a new and creative plotline with new characters that incorporated the mythologies of various cultures. I also thought that the art was great. I did miss having classic Aquaman characters like Mera in the story, but overall I thought it was a great new take on Aquaman.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of the book.
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I'm a fan of Kelly DeConnick from her time writing Captain Marvel. I was excited when I heard she'd be writing Aquaman for DC and I thought it could be a good entry point for me into DC Comics. In reading Aquaman Vol. 1 I found myself confused by the characters and the plot. I wasn't sure if I should already know who everyone was or if these were brand new characters. It still seemed well-written, and I am interested in revisiting this volume once I am more familiar with the characters in the DC universe. I would not enthusiastically recommend this particular volume to someone who has never read Aquaman before.
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Meh. This is as just as interesting as DeConnick's time on Captain Marvel and Pretty Deadly, as in, not very.  Aquaman has amnesia now and hangs out with these old gods that are pretty much faceless.  They have zero character.  Not to mention DC's already got enough gods for Kelly Sue to play with with both the Greek and New Gods running around.  The story was very decompressed, taking 5 issues for what could be contained in one.  Mera (who is way more interesting than Aquaman) is barely to be found.  For some reason, DeConnick has turned Mera into someone needed to be married off instead of the badass, self-confidant hero she is.  Oh, and Aquaman gets tattoos just so he can look like Jason Mamoa.  How long before he dies his hair black as well?  Robson Rocha's kinetic art is the best reason to check this book out.
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'Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water' by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Robson Rocha takes an amnesiac Arthur Curry and does interesting things with the character.

In the wake (no pun intended) of the Drowned Earth storyline, Aquaman has lost his memory of who he is.  He washes up on the shore of a small fishing village and is rescued by a young woman named Callie.  Now he's wearing familiar colors, but goes by the name of Andy.  Callie and the rest of the people in the town are not who they seem to be at first, and as Andy/Arthur regains his memory, he finds himself in a cosmic fight.

I like this story arc.  I like the idea of Aquaman more than some of the execution of that idea.  Here, we get an interesting retooling.  The art is also interesting in this, with some epic splash pages and just all around nice art.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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I had a blast reading ‘Unspoken Water’. The story it told was an exciting one where this famous hero had lost his memory. While he tries to get by in this mysterious land, he makes friends with a local there. But slowly a deadly enemy is trying to return. It looks like he may be the only one able to stop it. Unexpected allies show up to help him defeat this enemy for good. If you are a fan of Aquaman then you will want to check this graphic novel out.
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Aquaman has long been considered the butt of a joke. This is most evident in the Super Friends cartoon, where he didn’t do much other than to talk to fish. But with a devoted comics fanbase, as well as a big-budgeted blockbuster starring Jason Momoa with all his muscle and charisma, suddenly Aquaman is more than a joke. Enter Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha’s Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water.
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Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water by Kelly DeConnick, et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late July.

Caille and Arausio (aka Andy) are portrayed as two people living most of their lives on an island, but who are meant to return to Atlantis. And by ‘meant to,’ I mean like everyone and everything and stories and portents and witches who turn into sea monsters are telling them to go back. Granted, the art is very nice and the use of color is superb, but, with such a single-prong, choice-based story, it’s really (and pardon the pun) a house of sand.
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I very much enjoyed this graphic novel.  I found it entertaining and fun to read.
I do highly recommend if you are a fan of Aguaman or DC comics.
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Following the events of "Drowned Earth", this graphic novel combining Aquaman comics #43-47 opens with the hero of the sea washing ashore of the strange community of Unspoken Water - a small village of older adults barely surviving via what they can catch in their fishing nets - with absolutely no memory of who he is, or his past. Donned with the nickname "Andy" by the villagers, Arthur Curry - the Lord of Atlantis - befriends a young woman named Caille who seems obsessed with the sea, otherwise seeking help from the villagers to find out who he is and why he's there (the villagers are sure the sea gave him to them for a reason) ... while at the same time there seems something hidden, almost wrong, with the very people Andy is trying to befriend. Remaining spoiler-free, that's about as much as can be said here ... except that Unspoken Water just might be the most sumptuous, beautifully-illustrated graphic novel this reader has ever read. DeConnick's story, as well, doesn't miss a trick, the mystery of the village and what's really going on building suspense perfectly - as well as playing in a big way into the mythology of Aquaman and his history - before an enemy comes forward and some pretty hard battle lines are drawn (and fought). The strong story and characters only help the reader buy into what's going on, emotional investment in the characters guaranteed - but truly, beautifully, nearly every page of this lush graphic novel is a sensational work or art, doing Arthur Curry's alter ego total justice; whenever water/the sea appears on the page, it's as if it's a separate character of its own, fully come to live. I can't even remember how many times I must have said "Wow" under my breath, turning the pages of this gem, and with a brilliant story and plenty of action and a major super-villain to back it up, Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water may well be the best DC graphic novel I've ever read.  5/5 stars

NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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Out of all the DC characters, Aquaman is the one I know the least about. In fact, I know nothing about Aquaman. That said, I surprisingly enjoyed this! Surprising because I didn't think I would be able to follow the story since I knew nothing going in. But, I enjoyed the mythology and fantasy aspects of the story. Excited to see how the story evolves.
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I gotta say after reading this, a person is gonna need to read the drowned storyline along with this. The idea of old gods in here is an interesting one in contrast to the clash with other ocean gods from that story. In a way a clash between the old gods and even older gods is a classic epic. Unfortunately, the stakes feel pretty tame. Every little detail that comes up reminds me of some obvious flaws like surprises with no depth. The characters that come out don't feel all that fleshed out for one. Some of the covers also falsely advertise the stories of their issues. If anything this is just DeConnick setting up for further Aquaman adventures complete with a new trident. Hopefully this goes the way of DeConnick's Captain Marvel.
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I've never read an Aquaman comic before, but I love Kelly Sue Deconnick, so I had to read this. And I loved it. The story was great and the artwork was stunning. I can't wait to read more of this story!
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I am not super familiar with Aquaman and this was a great story to start on. I didn't spend the whole first issue feeling like is had missed an episode I was able to jump right into the story. Kellly Sue is great at writing mythological stories. I also just love that mama shark is writing a book about the ocean. #bgsd
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