Story: Dan Abnett
Art: Scot Eaton & Phillip Briones
Crown of Thorns
Previously in Aquaman: Arthur has been betrayed by his own people. The elders have decided he is too progressive in his leadership and have elected the murderer, Corum Rath, to take his place.
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
To Flee, or Not to Flee?
Aquaman and Mera are discussing the coup and where they stand. Mera feels a connection to Amnesty Bay and wants Arthur to embrace his connection to the surface world. Arthur isn’t sure he is ready to give up his kingdom, even though Mera tries to persuade him embrace the happiness they could achieve if they left Atlantis and got married on the surface according to their customs. When Aquaman can’t answer yes, Mera angrily takes off and leaves him alone in his thoughts.
Claiming the Throne
Aquaman decided to hold on to his claim to the Throne of Atlantis. The Elders have weighed and debated his worthiness to rule and found him unworthy. Corum Rath has been elected Monarch and when asked if he abides by the decision or wishes to fight, Aquaman does what you would expect him to do and fight. The Royal Guards attempt to subdue Arthur, but he breaks free and flees. Corum Rath uses the ancient magic of Atlantis to release the Crown of Thorns to encircle and protect Atlantis.
The Hunt for Aquaman
Corum Rath orders Arthur to be hunted down before he can escape the Crown of Thorns. Mera returns to help Arthur escape, but just before he is able to breach the Crown of Thorns, Murk of the Atlantean Royal Guard delivers a blow to Aquaman with a knife that went clear through him. Mera watches in horror as Aquaman slowly sinks to the bottom of the sea.
Next: The Underworld
Sum it up!
Aquaman has taken the world of fantasy, kings, monsters, and betrayals from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings and successfully integrated them into the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. It is exciting to read about the rise and fall of royalty, and Dan Abnett has done an excellent job of echoing history in the world of Aquaman and Mera.
Noah O'Toole | NCR