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Aquaman, Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

(Aquaman (2016) (Collected Editions) #8)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  47 reviews
He's lost his memory. And his kingdom. Can Arthur Curry find the hero within in order to reclaim his throne?

The tides turn for the Sea King as superstar scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (Teen Titans, Supergirl) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Aquaman: neither are usually good to read and it turns out they’re just as bad together!

Superhero comics are by and large soap operas with tights and masks and, like all soaps, DeConnick’s resorted to the hackneyed “amnesia” trope for her first Aquapants arc. Arthur Curry’s washed up on the shores of a distant fishing village with the unlikely name of Unspoken Water. He must rediscover his identity with the help of the resident water witches.

So Arthur’s real good in the
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-netgalley, 2019
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. ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, best-of-2019
Y'know, I am really happy that house DeFraction is actively writing comics again. Kelly Sue hasn't written any comics in a while, and Fraction's Sex Criminals is perpetually in the state of half-hiatus. I think it's thanks to Bendis jumping ship from Marvel to DC that both of them are starting to do comics more actively again, and I'm glad he managed to change their minds, since both of them expressed no interest in doing any more superhero stuff before. Kelly Sue on Aquaman, Fraction on Jimmy O ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
DeConnick’s Aquaman is adventurous, atypical, always amusing, and amazingly authored. Also, all-star artwork.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Apparently, Aquaman conked his head a few issues ago and now has amnesia. Or something like that, I suppose? I must have missed it.
Regardless, the fact remains that he doesn't know who he is, and (I think) he's presumed dead in Atlantis. <--maybe?


He's washed up on the shores of a magical island and the rest of the story is all about him trying to find out who he is and fight off a mythical god-killer.
I'm not explaining this well, but it's a pretty cool story.


I wasn't sure what DeCon
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
2,5/5. I never been the biggest fan of Aquaman, but the beginning of this series catch my attention. Unfortunately, in the middle it became too much for me. Too much colorful, but with a drawing style that was not that great, it try to be epic, but ended up bringing lot of invented stuff to fill it and to try to express build a world which didn’t work for me. Too bad because at first, it look like it could have been some sort or origin or new start to an Aquaman series, but for my it was a fail ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was another book where I just couldn't connect with DeConnicks writing.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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After the Drowned Earth series, Aquaman’s fate is revealed in this new series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. This story begins with the amnesia trope as Arthur has washed up on a remote island, called Unspoken Water, and is saved by a beautiful young woman Caillie. He has no memory of his past and is hesitant of the water. The few island inhabitants are a strange lot and later reveal that Caillie is the daughter of a sea
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I knew almost as little about Aquaman as he does himself in this comic book (he has amnesia, so basically he knows nothing, including his own name, which is kind of where my knowledge ends apart from having seen Aquaman trailers and the hot mess that is Justice League where he's basically just a hype man for the other heroes), I mainly wanted to read this because it's written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and I liked her
Liz (Quirky Cat)
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Aquaman Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I'm admittedly very behind in my Aquaman reading, though I've been doing better about the more recent series. This series caught my attention for a very specific reason; Kelly Sue DeConnick is the author. I love what she did for Captain Marvel, and thus will try almost any series she writes.
Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water is the latest collected edition for Aquaman (duh) and follows the events of Dr
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thing that keeps drawing me back to Aquaman is that there is no baseline to follow. While a lot of great people have worked on the book there aren't any quintessential story lines or beats we need to come back to. As a result, writers and artists are free to get strange. They can sink San Diego into the ocean or invent stuff like the trench and the brine and really embrace how strange the undersea world is and insert that into Aquaman's world. The last great example of this was the murky and ...more
Wayne McCoy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'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
Ije the Devourer of Books
I don't read many superhero graphic novels but this one caught my eye because it is Aquaman.

I haven't seen the film and so I was hoping this would be an intro to the film. It wasn't but it was ok to read. The artwork is very colourful and I really enjoyed that but I thought the actual content of the story was just ok. Aquaman fans might really enjoy this though.

Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not caught up with superheroes comics but when i saw this one about aquaman i was intrigued. The design and colors were really gorgeous but the actual content of the story was bland and lacking to me.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good. I'm really impressed by the new creative team and can't wait to see where the series is going from here.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not really an Aquaman fan (not counting the crush seven-year-old me had on the cartoon version from the 70s Justice League cartoon series), but I am a DeConnick fan, so I thought I'd give this a whirl. I don't know how it will work for Aquafans, but I enjoyed the story and didn't feel like I needed to read extensive back volumes in order to know what was going on, which made it work for me. Plus, the art is gorgeous, so bonus points for that.
Donald Scott
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Don't Mind Thirsting for a Better Yarn
Shelves: dc, hoopla, dc-rebirth
I like Kelly Sue DeConnick, and I like Aquaman, so you'd think this'd be a slam dunk for me but alas I found the story a little wanting.

Arthur is an amnesiac (always convenient when you want to introduce a fresh love interest but don't want the hero to come across as a total creep) and fetches up on the shores of an island of Forgotten Gods who need him to fight some Salty Old Hag on their behalf (no, seriously, that's the plot) while safeguarding a girl who may be said hags daughter...or not? I
Julia Smith
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and DC for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am beyond grateful.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha are an unstoppable duo. The story and art of this trade paperback are both amazing, and as high as my expectations already were, they were exceeded. I have never been an avid Aquaman fan, but I did go to see the Aquaman movie last winter and enjoyed it. Since then I have begun to dip my toes into his story. When I saw that DeConnick (author of my personal favorit
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Until the movie “Justice League,” all I knew about Aquaman was that he was the punchline of many a joke, and I didn’t have any interest in his stories. But if anyone is going to make me pick up an Aquaman comic, it’s Kelly Sue DeConnick.

The ocean is angry. At least, the mysterious inhabitants of the village of Unspoken Water believe so, and they tell their story to the handsome amnesiac they’ve been housing. (Aqu
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
For good or for bad, this comes across as a heightening of the mythology of Aquaman – well, it was never that good so they just have to try and reboot and make it differently dodgy every couple of years; that's a given. King Arthur is washed up and being called Andy on an island, which – lo and behold – is peopled by a handful of old codgers. Unfortunately we only meet the kindly housewife one and the bonkers one, ignoring the fact we ought to be told about the others, before he's sent on a miss ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Audrey Adamson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unspoken Water puts Arthur Curry in a pretty cliche situation. He doesn't know who he and woke up on an island with no memory of who he is. This boring premise tries t stir up an exciting story: the old gods are punishing for their transgressions Arthur is stuck in the middle and must find his powers while those on the island lie to him about who he is.
The coloring and art is lovely except for when it isn't. There is one section where the yellow words are on a bight green background. These secti
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
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, ch
Jessica Woods
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aquaman Vol.1: Unspoken Water finds Arthur Curry living on an island full of some strange characters. Arthur has no memory of who he is but still stepping up when a hero is needed. An island of washed up Gods needs Aquaman's help to save the world and they may just give him the elixir he needs to restore his memory. The story takes an interesting turn and the action sequences build up nicely for an exciting new story arc featuring the hero of the sea. The art compliments the story nicely for an ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Rory Wilding
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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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Allisa White
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting to be blown away by an Aquaman story. I thought it would be fun, action-packed, without much depth (kind of like the movie). But Unspoken Water delivered so much more than that.

DC Comics builds a lot of their setting around science fiction elements, but what sets this Aquaman story apart is that it is built on mythology and fantasy elements. There is a beautiful creation story woven into the narrative, and the art that came with the story was gorgeous. So lush, vivid, and col
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2019
I received a free digital copy in exchange for my honest review.

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.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aquaman washes ashore in a strange village with amnesia, then the troubles begin. Beautiful art. The story is light on Aquaman actually, but in a good way. Arthur is challenging the most powerful enemy there is and only divine help will see him through. Loved the mythological nods, look forward to volume 2.

Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to read a pre-release copy of this book.
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