Aquaman Volume 2: Black Manta Rising Review

Black Manta Rising

Here’s my review for Aquaman Volume 2: Black Manta Rising by Dan Abnett and Brad Walker. Take the plunge and follow the aquatic adventures of Aquaman in this ongoing series that’s part of DC’s Rebirth line.

This is the second volume of the series, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s my review for Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning.

The Book Itself


This is a standard Trade Paperback book. It contains some bonus content in the back of the book such as a cover gallery and some character design sketches. The design of the book and spine are very nice, sporting the white and blue look of all the DC Rebirth books. It will look beautiful on your bookshelf along with the rest of the line.

The Art


The art in this book is handled by Scot Eaton, Brad Walker, and Philippe Briones. They were also doing the art on the first volume.

As I mentioned in my review of the first volume of Aquaman, I never felt all that in love with the art in this book unfortunately. I just had lots of little problems with it, like Aquaman and Mera’s faces would sometimes look ridiculous in some panels. Other panels were fine but sometimes their look just changed and felt bizarre to me. And there weren’t that many scenes that got my blood pumping really.

The Story


This book collects Aquaman #7-15.

This story by Dan Abnett involves Black Manta, who has taken control of a worldwide nautical terrorist organization called N.E.M.O. NEMO stands for Nautical Enforcement of Macrocosmic Order. It’s a kind of secret society that seeks to expand their influence and control the world by controlling the oceans. I don’t know about you, but it feels kind of goofy to me. Maybe it could have been presented better but I didn’t feel like this group felt scary of menacing. Plus, the acronym NEMO sounds like the damn Disney kids movie for goodness sakes.

Anyway, this group, now being ran by Black Manta, decides that it is in their interest to orchestrate a war between the surface world and Atlantis. They launch a false flag attack on the surface, making it look like it’s Atlantis, hoping to provoke this war. Naturally, Aquaman tries to stop them while also revealing the truth to the surface world and his friends in the Justice League, that Atlantis had nothing to do with it.

I found the story and action in this volume to be so-so.


Aquaman Volume 2: Black Manta Rising is an okay book although it is not my favorite among the DC Rebirth line. I may end up collecting further volumes but if I do it will be after completing my collections of the other books that I’ve liked better, such as Teen Titans or Red Hood.

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