“Unstoppable” is a well-named story. NEMO, the new society that Black Manta has become part of (which has a really goofy name) had unleashed a terrible weapon that is heading straight for Atlantis. Not only can Aquaman and the Drift not stop it, they can’t even figure out what this hulking monster is. When Aquaman finally works it out, the answer is pretty damn terrifying, and it makes perfect sense. I have no idea how they are going to manage to stop this next issue.
Making things even worse, Aquaman is without one of his strongest allies. To satisfy some strange series of rituals, Mera is off in seclusion in the Tower of Widowhood. It reminded me a bit of the grim place Daenerys got sent to last season on Game of Thrones. Mera is trying to honor Atlantean custom, but this place is really trying for her. It’s more important to jump through hoops than defend Atlantis? Mera is having trouble living by the agreement she made, and I don’t blame her a bit.
Plot: It’s a tightly written story. Aquaman and his troops are backed into a tough corner, and I’m not sure what he’s going to pull off. I’m not as sure about the Mera side story, but I’m willing to give it time. I’ll go a high 3.5 out of 5 for the plot.
Art: I really like the art. Mera looks great, as does the monster. The fighting is rendered really well. I’ll give the art, too, a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: I like that they are exploring some of the Atlantean culture. There’s a bit of humor, especially in some of Mera’s reaction to her new surroundings. The reveal about what’s attacking is nicely handled.
Negatives: I’m surprised that the Widows would forbid Mera from helping for the sake of ritual. It seems foolish. And NEMO is a goofy name. They’re trying too hard to tie in nautical names.
Aquaman is the only title I got all the way through the “DCNU” and it continues to be a good one. I am really happy that they’re moving forward with the Arthur/Mera relationship. I just hope they don’t keep delaying it and coming up with excuses for it not happening like they do with Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Scott Eaton & Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessey, & Gabe Eltab