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Aquaman: Death of the Prince

(Aquaman (1962) #57-63)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Aquaman, one of the featured heroes in DC Comics’ current hit series BRIGHTEST DAY and a supporting character on TV’s Smallville, stars in this new title collecting a dramatic 1970s serial. As Aquaman faces his greatest foes, Black Manta plans his ultimate revenge on the Sea King – and the battle that ensues results in the death of Aquaman’s infant son and the dissolution ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by DC Comics (first published September 1978)
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that pop culture loves to pick on Aquaman. Well, if you ever wondered what he did to earn such mockery, here is your answer. This is classic Aquaman, for better or worse.

With this book you're getting a collection of standalone Aquaman adventures from 70's, as well as an overarching (and heartbreaking) story about the royal family of Atlantis. Most of the standalones follow a similar structure: Aquaman encounters a villain, demonstrates his poor superheroing ability, gets into a pr
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
For my review of Adventure Comics #435-437 and #441-452, please see the individual issues.
This collected edition is called Death of the Prince but I have to say that little of these issues had anything to do with Arthur Jr.’s death! Aquaman was filled with rage that fueled his journey for many of the later issues but there were a lot of single issues that could have been culled to make a more focused story. I really enjoyed the Mera-centric back up stories in the Aquaman issues #58-60. It showed
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The current onslaught of collected comics from my childhood is enough to make my head spin. If you had told the childhood me that I would be able to purchase a collected Aquaman paperback in my adulthood, I would have told me I was crazy. Why would anyone do a thing like that? And yet, here we are.

This is really an amazing piece of work--as a collected piece of my youth, I should say. The story itself, written by a half dozen or so talents, is . . . well, it's very much a product of its time. Th
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, wishlist
The series starts off a little slowly, stuck in that 70s sort of comics style, but once it gets going, it's very impressive. The story's a page-turner, and Aquaman's a more complex character than I'd expected. Great art, too. ...more
Rajkumar Pagey
This is not a great story and it is not helping the reputation of Aquaman.
His son has just died and he is fighting with revenge in his mind, and he still has enough humor to say puns? Absurd!

This did not make me a fan of Aquaman but it did make me a fan of Mera.
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Obviously this is very old, so if you can't stand the writing style of comics from this era, then you won't enjoy this. But for anyone else, this is a pretty foundational chapter in Aquaman's history that fans will find some interest in. The title and cover of the book are a rather large spoiler for the entire story, but I suppose it's several decades old, after all. The story itself brought Aquaman out of the hokey Silver Age and into the more tragic, grounded Bronze Age. Sadly Aquaman's reputa ...more
Chris Aylott
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
A big slab of 70’s cheeze featuring that greatest of heroes, AQUAMAN!

The headliner here is Paul Levitz, on what seems to been his first big job writing a major(?) character. His inexperience shows in his early scripts, which are clunky, but per his introduction older writers quickly took him in hand and he learned a lot from them. By the time he moves up to editing the book — David Michelinie takes over on the scripts — the stories are both ambitious and pretty good.

Levitz and Michelinie never
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The death of a child of a main hero character is quite a mature theme. The story around this theme, and a lot of the dialogue, were the usual silver age silliness. The theme unfortunately didn't really get the depth (pun not intended) it deserved. Aquaman got forgiven by Mera in a in a single issue, and he doesn't really 'deal' with the death much, instead focusing on battle after battle. So while unsatisfying for a modern reader, for the time it came out it was quite ballsy, and it is an import ...more
John Bayer
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of stories from various DC comics from the 70s. There is a lot of history in these stories. Relationships are built, destroyed, and repaired. It's a great read if you can find a copy. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very dark story when I first read this I was like what how could this happen especially an in Aquaman story I love this story and it's a must read ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
While the context of the series is a dark and tragic one, as evident from the title, the goofiness of the plot and silly dialogues take away the necessary emotional weight as demanded by the plot.
Oscar Salas
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Es atendible que un comic vaya perdiendo frescura con los años. Su contexto temporal lo determina y no es materia de juicio. Sin embargo, si es posible reconocer que un comic antiguo pueda ser simplón y apegado a fórmula. Una cosa no implica otra y por eso, en toda época, hay comics mejores que otros.
Esta saga de Aquaman en particular es bien mala. Tiene una premisa interesante para poner en juego, la que da título al mismo, y no deja de ser valiosa como punto de evolución para el personaje. Sin
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
a good, comprehensive collection of Aquaman solo stories from the mid-70s. ranging from appearances in Adventure Comics and the short lived revival of Aquaman's own magazine, this volume also includes back up stories featuring Mera and Aqualad, all of which are integral to the overall theme of this collection. most of the art is by the great Jim Aparo, but the writing duties fell to many different men: Paul Levitz, David Michelinie, Paul Kupperburg, and Steve Skeates. the artwork of Mike Grell a ...more
Daniel Butcher
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
So wish 2.5 was an option.

So this proves Aquaman is the worst husband ever, so if you ever feel like you are failing in your relationships remember you probably never ran off for months leaving your wife during a horrible family crisis. Win for you!

Doohicky, super villans say doohicky!

Hey Aquaman, if you catch Black Manta maybe you shouldn't let him go. Just saying!

I can say it's very real, many fish were killed in Aquaman's exploits.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
An attempt to grapple with heavier subject matter, particularly the death of Aquaman and Mera's son, the rushed nature of most of the stories (the majority topping out at 12 pages) limits the emotional pull and characterization. Entertaining, but hardly definitive. ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Actually 2.5 stars due to the uneven nature of the collected stories and lackluster characterization of most to all figures in the stories. Maybe I expected more emotional punch or better writing, but I'd not recommend this book to any but established Aquaman fans for reading. ...more
This earns three stars for nostalgia more than anything else. I found it a little slow and only slightly entertaining. It was interesting to see Mera and Aqualad get some solo adventures, but as a whole I didn't really enjoy this. The death of Arthur Jr. was a non-event. It was very strange. ...more
Chris Fluit
When it was good, it was very good but, with a carousel of creative teams and a smattering of back-up strips, it wasn't always good. ...more
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