On Sant’oderzo Island in Venice, Italy, Black Manta is murdering some recalcitrant members of the super-secret conspiring maritime organization N.E.M.O., since they refute his new appointment to CEO since he killed the previous executive last issue. His buddy Black Jack likes the cut of his jib and helps him commit bloody murder in front of a room of about thirty people, definitely proving that these two have the steady hands and level heads to run N.E.M.O. Black Manta essentially says, “What’s the craziest shit you guys have cooked up, what’s the thing you plan to unleash for the ‘doomsday scenario?’ Let’s see that.” Over at the Penitentiary Vault in Atlantis, Aquaman and Mera pay a visit to Corum Rath, a leader of the anti-dry-lander (is that it?) terrorist group the Deluge, captured in the Rebirth issue…or, at least, he was referenced as having been captured. Point is, he’s restrained so Arthur walks right to him and ask if the Deluge is behind the sinking of this freighter; Corum applauds the effort, but confesses that it was not engineered by his people. He tells Arthur the reason his crew doesn’t like him (Artie’s a nerd) and they trade a few more nanny boo-boos and nyeah nyeah nyeahs before Aquaman and Mera swim away, all “Why don’t you just swim away, Corum? Oh, you can’t! Loser!”
Arthur contacts one of his oxygen-sucking (tell me, what is it that the Atlanteans call us non-Atlanteans? It’s killing me!) buds from before Rebirth, an FBI agent named Reagan Irving. So…has Lieutenant Joanna Stubbs of the Royal Navy been cut from this book? She was hanging around the first couple of issues…wonder where she walked off to. No matter, of course Agent Irving agrees to help Aquaman with this mystery despite the danger to her livelihood, and immediately asks a co-worker to get a pertinent case file. Very secretive, Reagan! Finally, the scene shifts to N.E.M.O. headquarters, where they launch whatever last-ditch weapon they’d been saving for a rainy day. It causes a seismic shift in the Atlantic Seabed, and seems to awaken a giant Kaiju monster—headed straight for the densely populated and forebodingly unaware Marketplace of Ninth Tride, Atlantis!Even though Aquaman literally just talked to people the whole time, I did find myself drawn into this issue. A lot of stuff from the previous arc was resolved, and while I would have liked it to have been resolved sooner it does make me feel like the story is moving forward again. Scot Eaton’s art I never have a problem with, everything looks perfectly fine, and there are a few wide scenes of undersea beauty that are especially nice. I enjoyed this, and I’m interested to find out what happens next. Just please, let something happen next?