Aquaman #23.1


Comic series


Release date

September 11, 2013
Now, was it a bad issue? No, not at all. It's just that I already read this issue. It pretty much just retells the plot of FOREVER EVIL #1 (Black Manta was heavily used in the issue, if you didn't know). So I spent four frick'n dollars to have Johns tell me the same story slower! To be fair, there were seven pages of new material, which seriously could have been told in three pages--but since this issue had almost nothing to say, it was important to make sure each story point lasted as long as humanly possible.
3 out of 5 stars
If you have been following Aquaman, or have read Forever Evil #1 and the solicitations, then you have basically read this issue already. The real strength of this comic comes from the ending, which effectively sets up the direction for Black Manta in Forever Evil following the death of Aquaman, with the villain finding himself a new mission to pursue. If you have read the main event however, then there honestly is no real need to pick this up, as by not picking up this issue, you aren’t missing anything out.
2 out of 5 stars
Aquaman 23.1: Black Manta is the first villains one-shots we've seen that is an extension of Forever Evil #1, which makes sense given that it's co-written by Geoff Johns and Tony Bedard, with art by Claude St. Aubin and Blond. It would appear to be something of a pivotal issue in this crossover, given the end result. Beyond that, it's a rehashing of scenes we've already seen with some origin story flashbacks and a cry for vengeance.
3 out of 5 stars
Overall Aquaman #23.1 is an issue that has great moments in it but gets cut down because of its direct connection to Forever Evil and spends the entire middle of the book retreading a scene from a book that came out last week. If you absolutely must have all things Forever Evil or Black Manta then this is the book for you. If not, you probably won’t miss anything that won’t be explained in Forever Evil #2.
Grade: D+
A flat look at Aquaman’s biggest foe that makes almost no attempt to improve the character. If that wasn’t disappointing enough, the issue also duplicates far too much material from Forever Evil without adding new spin. It shouldn’t get credit for cloning another’s work.
3 out of 5 stars
If we lived in a world with 1/2 stars, this would be a 3.5 star book, easily. However, we don't, and this book just didn't win me over enough to bump it up. There's a lot of redundancy here for FOREVER EVIL readers as well as AQUAMAN readers
8 out of 10 (Great)
A restrained and contemplative issue excellently reveals Black Manta’s change of heart in Forever Evil.
8 out of 10
Although Villains’ Month has been hit or miss so far, the latest issue of Aquaman gets a lot of things right but still doesn’t hit the nail on the head.