It’s worth noting, that Aquaman has quietly been one of the most enjoyable runs at DC right now. Under Dan Abnett, the series has taken a turn for the political in a way that’s fitting for the King of Atlantis, a comic where palace intrigue is just as likely as Arthur and Mera fighting ocean floor monsters. And while the artists that have been on board the book have all been quite capable, the book has lacked a certain visual consistency due to its rotating teams.

All that changes, at least for a while, with Issue #25, which sees Sunstone/Death Vigil’s Stjepan Sejic join for the start of the new “Underworld” arc. And Sejic’s gorgeously illustrated work looks to be a perfect fit for the world building that Abnett continues to employ. Also, I know Arthur has had a beard a few times now (between Peter David and later Geoff Johns issues), but it can’t be a coincidence that he’s taken a turn for the Momoa just ahead of November’s Justice League film, right?

“UNDERWORLD” part one! In this extra-sized anniversary issue, former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands—and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. A whole new era of AQUAMAN begins as master storyteller Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone, Death Vigil) joins series writer Dan Abnett for Arthur’s boldest and most harrowing adventure yet!

The issue hits stores on June 21st.

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