Aquaman Vol. 4: Death of a King (The New 52) (Aquaman: The New 52!) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/11/25
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Unfolding out of the events of "THRONE OF ATLANTIS" comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder—one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today.
Also, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power.
Collects issues #17-23 of the monthly series.
Praise for Geoff Johns' Aquaman Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis:
"[Throne of Atlantis] is showing many of the same qualities that make Sinestro Corps such a standout comic book event. It's dramatic, engaging, and expertly rendered."—IGN
"Romance. Superpowers. Atlantean invasions. Geoff Johns, paired with ... Ivan Reis, sets up a nice starting point for the "Throne of Atlantis," balancing characterization and widescreen action with equal enthusiasm."—Newsarama
"Johns has found his stride on this book and it certainly helps that the art team of Reis, Prado and Reis have come along for the adventure."—Comic Book Resources
The main draw is seeing Aquaman tussle with the Dead King. The latter first targets Mera on land which combines their two story arcs. Mera attempts to escape and return to her home of Xebel, but the vengeful prison colony isn't exactly glad to hear their supposed queen never assassinated Atlantis' king. With Xebel at his back, the Dead King returns to claim Atlantis' throne and claims that Arthur was never meant to rule at all. From here the origins of Atlantis and the mystery of who sunk the city are explored before the action packed finale sees the two kings battle it out. Overall, it is a solid edition and a good ending to Johns' work on the title. The next two volumes are fun in their own right, but they never recapture the magic that Johns had with the series in the first two volumes. Sadly, it does feel as though this book is a bit rushed at times, but the ending ties everything together well enough that we can forgive this. The only real issue is the hanging thread of the cliffhanger which promised a return for Ocean Master that doesn't really pay off as one might expect.