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Aquaman Death Of A Prince TP Paperback – July 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Aquaman
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231132
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Skeates, comic book writer, worked on the Spectre, Hawk and Dove, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Aquaman. Paul Levitz rose from writing Legion of Super-Heroes to become President and Publisher of DC Comics until 2009. Mike Grell is a comic book writer and artist. He worked for DC on Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Batman, Detective Comics, Superboy and Warlord. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's maybe the best book DC will print this year.
David Keith
I have always considered Jim Aparo one of the great Aquaman artists, even while I appreciate Nick Cardy and Ramona Fradon.
James S. Kosmicki
This is the pinnacle collection of DC Comic's Aquaman and his supporting cast of characters and villains.
Veese

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Brooks on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Navy Captain: "...So I guess your job is over!"
Aquaman: " No, Captain, not quite yet."

"You see, I took off after The Black Manta so fast that I left a bit of unfinished business behind...one that could well prove to be the hardest task I've ever faced!"

"Oh Yeah? And what's that?"

"Telling a mother that her only child...is dead."

AQUAMAN: DEATH OF THE PRINCE, I strongly believe, is one of the best written and drawn comics arcs ever. And without question...the definitive Aquaman saga. Thank you DC Comics.

The trade collects ADVENTURE COMICS #435-437, 441-455, AQUAMAN #57-63. The creative talent involved is top tier. Paul Levitz, David (IRON MAN) Michelinie, Steve (AQUAMAN) Skeates, Martin Pasko, Gerry Conway, and Paul Kupperberg handle the writing, plotting, and scripting. "Iron Mike" Grell, Jim Aparo and Don Newton supply the superb art.

AQUAMAN: DEATH OF THE PRINCE covers a lot of ground: Espionage, political manipulations, terrorism, and "The Most Dangerous Game" underwater. And there are the villains. To quote Aqualad "Geez, Aquaman! It sounds like its been Old Home Week for your foes!" And he ain't kiddin'. The Fisherman, Ocean Master, Starro, and The Scavenger are all here. The Sea King also throws down with new foes, Captain Demo (you gotta see this guy), and The Marine Marauder. PLUS, he throws down with Flash foe The Weather Wizard, master terrorist Kobra, and a old Green Lantern foe (remember I mentioned The Most Dangerous Game? Keep that in mind). But they all pale in significance to The Black Manta. In this trade you see why he is the most hated of Aquaman's entire rouges gallery. Manta is pure evil. Period.

ADOAP starts a one page into to the Aqua Family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Veese on July 11, 2011
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This is the pinnacle collection of DC Comic's Aquaman and his supporting cast of characters and villains. I have been following how the character has been handled by DC creators for decades and honestly say this is a collection of the very best Aquaman stories one could ever hope to find.

Far beyond the stories themselves, these collected issues are a shining example of the dynamic and powerful art of the late Jim Aparo. One of DC's finest illustrators in the 1970s and `80s. Next to Aparo's work on a lengthy and fantastic run of Batman: Brave and the Bold in the `70s, his work in this Aquaman series is his very best. The energy, motion and power of Aquaman on the page just explode for the reader. Many of today's comic book illustrators could learn years worth of instruction in this volume alone. Namely how to properly convey story, emotion and dynamics on every single page.

Very enjoyable and long overdue collection from DC Comics!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. on July 8, 2011
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"Aquaman: Death of a Prince" shows us how much classic comics had to offer, and how much modern comics have discarded without good cause. Look through this massive 300+ page tome and just try to find fault with the arrangement of thought bubbles, motion lines, or giant onomatopoeias. The covers are also presented, and they convey so much more excitement and personality than those of today, where depicting text on the cover (word balloons especially) has been condemned as campy.

Jim Aparo has never received the acclaim that contemporaries of his like Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, John Byrne, John Buscema, and George Perez have. If you search Amazon, you don't find any compilations of his work as you do theirs. Maybe that's because his work was so prolific comparatively that it's been taken for granted. Some of his finest is presented here, along with that of the underrated and largely forgotten Don Newton. The highest possible marks are awarded for the coloring job here, which--given the glossy nature of the paper--does great justice to the flat-coloring style of old-school comics.

As to the storyline, it is true that it is somewhat derivative of the Sub-Mariner comics of the era, right up to the titular prince's death scene exhibiting a notable similarity to that of Namor's Lady Dorma. However, Aquaman is a significantly more accessible character than Marvel's own grandiose king of Atlantis, chiefly due to various instances of flawed, impulsive judgment and the consequential regret.

I do wish the collection had expanded into more of an omnibus, incoporating the Aquaman run from the giant-sized Adventure Comics. Nonetheless, all-in-all, what we have here is a spectacular collection that deserves a hard-cover edition. Good job, DC!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 1, 2011
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That quip above is delivered by Black Manta. Aquaman never was known for his witticisms. You may intuit from peeking at the trade's cover (reprinted from Jim Aparo's cover of AQUAMAN #62) that this collection features the story arc which kills off Aquababy, which subsequently cools Aquaman's marriage with his otherdimensional wife Mera. Even to this day, the ramifications spooling from this tragedy are palpable. We also learn why the Black Manta calls himself that, and, back in the '70s, this was probably a significant reveal. For years Aquaman made his home in ADVENTURE COMICS, sharing the title with fellow second bananas like the the Seven Soldiers of Victory, Creeper, and the Martian Manhunter, until he graduated into his own comic book. AQUAMAN: DEATH OF A PRINCE collects the Aquaman tales from ADVENTURE COMICS #435-437 & #441-455 and AQUAMAN #57-63, a run of adventures published from 1974 to 1978. That's over 300 pages of content, yo. And in color.

At one point, Aquaman smashes Black Manta with a mighty fist and reflects: "This must be the 47th time I've knocked this pest unconscious." Except that Black Manta ultimately ends up having the last word. I still got love for Arthur Curry, one of the most dismissed superheroes in comicbookdom. He doesn't inspire like Superman or intimidate like Batman. He's not as revered as Barry Allen's Flash (or Jay Garrick's Flash, for that matter). Wonder Woman would make mincemeat out of him. And Arthur Curry can't be out of the water longer than an hour. So down the years he's garnered this sissified rep.

But there's more to Aquaman than just swimming like the dickens. And, yeah, he always seems to require his fishy friends to extricate him from a jam. But this is the friggin' King of the Seven Seas!
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