Writer: Kelly DeConnick
Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Aquaman is Dead! Arthur is still trapped in the depths of Mother Shark, a telekinetic dream-like state that quickly turns into a nightmare. Mother Shark explains that everyone who dies by the hands of the sea, their memories become part of the great coral reef. Many questions still nag at Arthur – Who is the mysterious red-haired woman? What is her motive? Why did she kill him? Arthur does not care about Mother Shark’s warnings… madness and pain are a small price to pay to become whole.
Arthur hesitates for only a moment. Why is he worthy of resurrection? What makes him so special? Why? He is King of Atlantis, protector of the deep, and he died to save all of earth’s oceans and life itself. Mother Shark continues to put Aquaman through the metaphorical fire and flames, torturing him with visions of his past, his and Mera’s past. One of Arthur’s greatest fears is alive and well and playing right in front of him like a knife in the heart he must endure.
For Aquaman death is only the beginning – he has sacrifice everything for his people and he is paying the ultimate price for it. One of the things I love about this story is the continued focus on the Old Gods and the ocean mythology. This issue is a must read, a lot of important ground work is being set up for the future of this run.