Review; Aquaman #10

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Dan Abnett
Penciller: Brad Walker
Inker: Andrew Hennessey
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb

We catch up with Mera as she continues to be “tested” by the Widows. A seer is viewing a prophecy that they believe is connected to Mera. “A king will fall and in her grief his queen will destroy the surface world.” Mera does her best to convince them that they have nothing to fear from her, but it is not enough. They have no ill will because she is from Xebel, but they are convinced she is the queen in the prophecy.


Mera leaves to clear her head and ends up at the lighthouse in Amnesty Bay. She finds a letter and opens it. Lieutenant Stubbs of the Royal Navy has written and is requesting a meeting, she has valuable information that could save lives.


Mera goes to the meeting where she meets Lt. Stubbs and is subsequently attacked by a N.E.M.O. operative. Mera saves the day and in the process learns all about N.E.M.O. from Stubbs. She also learns about the outcome of last issue’s fight between Arthur and the Shaggy Man. All the pieces of the prophecy begin to come together in her mind and she fears that the Widows may be right!


A spotlight on Mera is always a positive. Mera has to be the longest running DC character without a solo book that deserves a chance. The apparent truth of the prophecy was a bit surprising, it did not seem like an imminent prophecy, but the urgency with which the events are stacking up quickened the pace of this issue. Lt. Stubbs’ appearance was also a pleasant surprise. She had potential in her first appearance and it is nice to see some of that paying off.



Again, Aquaman is a book that leaves little room for criticism. This is no exception with issue #10.

Do not underestimate the appeal and potency of Mera! One does not miss Aquaman at all this issue, despite having been left in very bad shape in the previous issue. What is the truth of this prophecy? Is Mera really going to destroy the surface world? While it seems unlikely, what comes next cannot be missed for fans of great comics.


Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd

Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Louisville. Doctorate in Progressive Rock from Genesis and Rush. Father of 2 awesome daughters, husband to 1 amazing and understanding wife. Post-Doctorate in Comics from Heroes Aren't Hard to Find (Charlotte, NC) and Parts Unknown (Greensboro, NC). Managing a restaurant pays the bills.