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Aquaman #12 - The Others, Chapter Six Review

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Aquaman tries to save Shin from Black Manta! The Others help him, but at a cost.

The Good

The Robot Chicken variant cover is one of the best, coolest, most hilarious variant covers I have ever seen. It is pure awesomeness.

Tons of fantastic action in this issue as The Others take on Black Manta and his minions, but mainly Black Manta who shows them all how powerful the scepter, also known as The Seventh Relic, truly is. There's quite a few dynamic and unique characters on this team, so it's really cool to see how they all work together as a team, since they are so different.

I'm most interested in what is so amazing about The Seventh Relic. We get to see how powerful it is in this issue, but there has to be more than destructive power?

As always, Ivan Reis does a fantastic job on the art in this issue. He has several great looking splash pages here (almost too many for me... almost), and right away we are treated to a beautiful splash of Mera swimming looking incredibly mad, which she's great at doing. What I enjoyed most about his art in this issue is that it stays consistent. If he's drawing a splash page or just a small panel, the amount of detail is the same.

Geoff Johns, as always, does a great job at telling a single story during the issue while setting up something more. We get a much straight-forward tale in this issue, but nevertheless, the ending will get you extremely excited for the conclusion to this issue, but sadly, it's a two month wait to get there.

The Bad

It gets a tad spoily down below. I'm going to give away a couple things, but I won't give away the big details, just some of the overall events. You have been warned.

The death in this issue didn't impact me as hard as I felt it should have. Aquaman really loses it as well as a couple other characters from The Others over someone's death, but I didn't feel that same impact. Sure, the reader has only known this character for a few issues, but this death doesn't feel as big as it should. I don't feel for them or for Aquaman.

I don't like having to wait two months for the conclusion of this story.

The Verdict

Another solid issue by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Did you expect anything less? I loved the variant cover to this issue. There was a ton of great action here, and I love seeing all the relics from The Others be a part of the mythos now. I'm very interested to see how powerful the Seventh Relic actually is.

Sadly, we have to wait two months for the continuation for this story, and also one of the final events in this issue didn't feel as impactful to me as it should have felt.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

28 Comments
Posted by feargalr

Good issue, but like you said, things just didn't hit me as hard as they should have

Posted by cc1738

It's not fair that I have to wait two months for the next part of the story. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for the zero issue and it will be cool, I just wish they finished the current arc first.

Posted by Video_Martian

Cool covers, Robot Chicken FTW!

Posted by longbowhunter

Bummer, here I thought this was the end of the Others arc. I liked seeing Arthur begin his attack on Manta by leaping out of the shadows and skewering a henchman. Ruthless that was!

Posted by Jslab425

See, I was surprisingly emotionally touched by Vostok' death and I'm not one to be easily moved by a character's passing. I felt the same way about Kahina as well. Great job to Johns for making me care about these characters with a minimal amount of panel time!

Posted by doordoor123
Posted by Danial79

The death in this issue actually made me cry, but perhaps that says more about me than the scene. My biggest complaint was that NONE of the solicitation info was true...

  1. "The conclusion to “The Others”!": Uh, no, we have to wait another 2 months for that.
  2. "The traitor in the team is revealed!": There was not even a mention of a traitor other than Ya'Wara thinking it was Shin.
  3. And "Who is BLACK MANTA working for?": This is not even hinted at.
Posted by Aeroman

thank god I got the Robot chicken variant cover

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

The Others are pointless characters, they where just created to die 

Posted by Hatutzeraze

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

The Others are pointless characters, they where just created to die

I wish it were otherwise, but I'm going to have to agree. I like the look of the characters, so it's doubly frustrating that they were apparently created simply to have someone for Manta to kill off.

Posted by zackattack529

i give this issue a 4/5

but i give this Arc a 3/5

can someone tell me what was the point of The Others?

i mean they had no character development, there not memorable characters, and there sleeping with the fishes by the issue lol. i was expecting to actually maybe like one of these characters more than Aquaman, bu theres no traits that really defines these characters. this is why i said, Geoff Johns cant write team books that well. he is not the worst, but i think he needs to take sociology classes. that sounds harsh and part of it is i think he is putting his focus too much on Justice League's "Trinity War" and Green lanterns " Third Army" that Aquaman gets shunned and he uses only 20% of his writing talent. and I heard that he is gonna write ANOTHER jusice league book. i think The Others could've had potential and he kills most of them off haha.....i think Geoff Johns should leave this book after the Ocean Master arc. My 3 choices are Kyle Higgins, James Robinson, or Tony Bedard. but i know Geoff Johns will stay for awhile for his EPIC Who Sunk Atlantis event. which im okay with i just hope he puts more effort into it than he did this arc.

Posted by komikboy

@Jslab425 said:

See, I was surprisingly emotionally touched by Vostok' death and I'm not one to be easily moved by a character's passing. I felt the same way about Kahina as well. Great job to Johns for making me care about these characters with a minimal amount of panel time!

yea... i tought vostok is the least "the other" mamber who i really like or into. kahitna death's surprising for me even the character's just been introduced. but her death and vostok death give different impact on me or at least different perception. Kahitna death just stressed how savage or dangerous black manta is, while vostok death more like put an anger or green light for arthur to be more wild.

so yea... i think Geoff did it perfectly.

Posted by SavageDragon

This series is great. I actually like this series, Batman and I, Vampire the best out of the New 52.

This issue was fun as always but I really wanted to see THE CONCLUSION as advertised. Ughhh im excited for the 0 issues but tthey really interrupt storylines. Like this book, I, Vampire and Earth 2 it just totally takes you out of the flow. Oh well lets hope that the Zero month has some good stuff. Really wanna see the Demon Knights 0.

The Death in this issue was not as impactful as the first death but it did show you that Arthur can bloodlust hard. Issue 13 should be great. I like Manta but I hope Arthur puts him down for good.

Posted by Zoch81

This issue kinda read fast to me but this issue was still good I liked the art a lot and Mera was great in this issue that jump form sea to plane was badass plus she said even faster at swimming than Arthur I do think Arthur should kill Manta time stop saying it and just do it overall thought good issue.

Posted by Brit

awesome issue!

Posted by Utandi

Pardon me, but Aquaman kicks ass....big time!

Posted by Lamenoire

@SavageDragon said:

Like this book, I, Vampire and Earth 2 it just totally takes you out of the flow. Oh well lets hope that the Zero month has some good stuff.

It's really strange : some story arc ended (Batman, detective comics, justice league...) whereas some are left on a big cliffanger. These arc will lose their momentum...i wonder if the zero issues will be in the middle of the trade...

The worst of all is (for me) Earth 2. 3 issue with the main character, and we go back to the characters who died in issue 1, although the real fight just began.

This issue was really great. I hope Aquaman will remain as good with the new creative team

Edited by csguterres

@Hatutzeraze said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

The Others are pointless characters, they where just created to die

I wish it were otherwise, but I'm going to have to agree. I like the look of the characters, so it's doubly frustrating that they were apparently created simply to have someone for Manta to kill off.

I agree with you. I immediately liked the Others too.

This is not a team book, this is not a book about the Others, this is a story about Aquaman, and when you look at it that way, it's really great. BUT, Johns is really wasting awesome characters :(

Posted by jinxuandi

I guess I'm in the minority but I was really touched by the character death here and equally surprised by Arthur's reaction to it on the final splash page. Arthur's really gone off the deep end here (no pun intended) and when this arc with Manta is over it's going to be interesting to see how Johns handles his relationship with Mera and Shin (assuming he's still alive). It's a shame he's leaving after issue 16.

Posted by HempKnight757

@Aeroman: How much you pay for it?

Posted by Aeroman

@HempKnight757: I think it was $3.99

Posted by DarthShap

I liked the issue, except for two things:

1. The cliffhanger is BS. They are not going to kill Aquaman's only serious villain.

2. I am afraid about that whole "I'm not the man you think I am" because Johns really does not need to make the character darker.

Posted by AquaJustice

This was one if the best issue's that Johns as written. I liked this story ark and the way is going. Manta as a villain in this story is great. The way he is plotting against Aquaman makes for a great story and the way it has been developing is awesome. I don't like that there is a two month wait for the conclusion for the story but I will be looking forward too it when it comes out. Oh by the way, I can't wait for the Fight between Aquaman and Manta when it happens in issue 13.

Edited by redwingx

@zackattack529 said:

i give this issue a 4/5

but i give this Arc a 3/5

can someone tell me what was the point of The Others?

i mean they had no character development, there not memorable characters, and there sleeping with the fishes by the issue lol. i was expecting to actually maybe like one of these characters more than Aquaman, bu theres no traits that really defines these characters. this is why i said, Geoff Johns cant write team books that well. he is not the worst, but i think he needs to take sociology classes. that sounds harsh and part of it is i think he is putting his focus too much on Justice League's "Trinity War" and Green lanterns " Third Army" that Aquaman gets shunned and he uses only 20% of his writing talent. and I heard that he is gonna write ANOTHER jusice league book. i think The Others could've had potential and he kills most of them off haha.....i think Geoff Johns should leave this book after the Ocean Master arc. My 3 choices are Kyle Higgins, James Robinson, or Tony Bedard. but i know Geoff Johns will stay for awhile for his EPIC Who Sunk Atlantis event. which im okay with i just hope he puts more effort into it than he did this arc.

What are you talking about? First of all this book is not a team book and second take your hatred against Geoff Johns somewhere else because we Aquaman fans dont want it. Also show some respect, Geoff made Aquaman awesome and cool. Hes the only one who can write Aquaman. This book is Geoff's book.

Posted by zackattack529

@redwingx said:

@zackattack529 said:

i give this issue a 4/5

but i give this Arc a 3/5

can someone tell me what was the point of The Others?

i mean they had no character development, there not memorable characters, and there sleeping with the fishes by the issue lol. i was expecting to actually maybe like one of these characters more than Aquaman, bu theres no traits that really defines these characters. this is why i said, Geoff Johns cant write team books that well. he is not the worst, but i think he needs to take sociology classes. that sounds harsh and part of it is i think he is putting his focus too much on Justice League's "Trinity War" and Green lanterns " Third Army" that Aquaman gets shunned and he uses only 20% of his writing talent. and I heard that he is gonna write ANOTHER jusice league book. i think The Others could've had potential and he kills most of them off haha.....i think Geoff Johns should leave this book after the Ocean Master arc. My 3 choices are Kyle Higgins, James Robinson, or Tony Bedard. but i know Geoff Johns will stay for awhile for his EPIC Who Sunk Atlantis event. which im okay with i just hope he puts more effort into it than he did this arc.

What are you talking about? First of all this book is not a team book and second take your hatred against Geoff Johns somewhere else because we Aquaman fans dont want it. Also show some fucking respect, Geoff made Aquaman awesome and cool. Hes the only one who can write Aquaman. This book is Geoff's book.

First of all kid, just take deep breaths and relax ok this is my opinion and this is not an aquaman article this is a review and i gave my opinion on it i dont have to go anywhere. im guessing your very new to Comicvine with your attitude or your just very young.

The arc wasnt as good as it shouldve been IMO i enjoyed some spect but he didnt give The Others enough character defining traits. this arc will not be memorable other than The Others First appearence(if at all this matters) and im just confused why he'd kill off a few of them so soon! and as per my pinion on who hould take over the book, i said that purley because there is a rumor that geoff johns IS leaving aquaman and jeff lemire might take over. Geoff Johns has enough books on his plate and usually when that happens writters put more focus on one book more than others. and he is writing another justice league title so he should drop a book for the sake of writers anxiety if you will.

and Lastly, watch your mouth! because if you continue to use language like that a moderator will see it and close your account if continued. If your going to tell someone else to respect another you need to respect everyone as well!

have a nice day.

Posted by sinestro_GL

Don't agree with the criticism given above, but to each his own.

Great issue and I will be eagerly awaiting issue 13!

Aquaman has been the real star of the n52.

Posted by jojobinks70

I thought this book was really good, while echoing others comments that waiting two months for a conclusion sucks.

As for Johns leaving, if true, this clearly sucks. I disagree with other stating they feel he hasn't been putting his best effort towards this series. This is my 2nd favorite New 52 book, behind Snyder/Capullo's Batman. If you were to pick any book he has been slacking on I'd give that distinction to Justice League. Which has only recently stepped up in writing quality IMO.

Posted by redwingx

@zackattack529 said:

@redwingx said:

@zackattack529 said:

i give this issue a 4/5

but i give this Arc a 3/5

can someone tell me what was the point of The Others?

i mean they had no character development, there not memorable characters, and there sleeping with the fishes by the issue lol. i was expecting to actually maybe like one of these characters more than Aquaman, bu theres no traits that really defines these characters. this is why i said, Geoff Johns cant write team books that well. he is not the worst, but i think he needs to take sociology classes. that sounds harsh and part of it is i think he is putting his focus too much on Justice League's "Trinity War" and Green lanterns " Third Army" that Aquaman gets shunned and he uses only 20% of his writing talent. and I heard that he is gonna write ANOTHER jusice league book. i think The Others could've had potential and he kills most of them off haha.....i think Geoff Johns should leave this book after the Ocean Master arc. My 3 choices are Kyle Higgins, James Robinson, or Tony Bedard. but i know Geoff Johns will stay for awhile for his EPIC Who Sunk Atlantis event. which im okay with i just hope he puts more effort into it than he did this arc.

What are you talking about? First of all this book is not a team book and second take your hatred against Geoff Johns somewhere else because we Aquaman fans dont want it. Also show some fucking respect, Geoff made Aquaman awesome and cool. Hes the only one who can write Aquaman. This book is Geoff's book.

First of all kid, just take deep breaths and relax ok this is my opinion and this is not an aquaman article this is a review and i gave my opinion on it i dont have to go anywhere. im guessing your very new to Comicvine with your attitude or your just very young.

The arc wasnt as good as it shouldve been IMO i enjoyed some spect but he didnt give The Others enough character defining traits. this arc will not be memorable other than The Others First appearence(if at all this matters) and im just confused why he'd kill off a few of them so soon! and as per my pinion on who hould take over the book, i said that purley because there is a rumor that geoff johns IS leaving aquaman and jeff lemire might take over. Geoff Johns has enough books on his plate and usually when that happens writters put more focus on one book more than others. and he is writing another justice league title so he should drop a book for the sake of writers anxiety if you will.

and Lastly, watch your mouth! because if you continue to use language like that a moderator will see it and close your account if continued. If your going to tell someone else to respect another you need to respect everyone as well!

have a nice day.

Kid? Please, your the only one whos a kid here. Again what are you talking about? Geoff has ONLY killed ONE member of the team The Others. And what would you know about respect? Your the one whos telling lies and hating on someone you dont know kid.