Hey Hey Mama
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Miguel Mendonca, Romolo Fajardo Jr., and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 24, 2020
I have enjoyed Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Aquaman so far. After a slow start, things have picked up, and Andy, the Aquababy, is so damn cute that you can't help but smile every time you see her! The problem is, she is missing, and that burns my toast, big time! Kelly Sue better stop playing games and give us back our Aquababy right now! Well, does she? Let's find out...
The issue opens with Jackson Hyde and Caille bringing the Black Manta AI head to shore, and Aquaman is pissed! He gets over it quickly, however, when they explain it's to help find Andy. The best part of the issue comes next when they use the head, the AI, and Aquaman's power to talk to fish, to look for Aquababy.
Geoff Johns did an excellent job of making Arthur cooler by playing around with the Aquaman tropes, but Kelly Sue embraces them. I like seeing that the "talking to fish" goes both ways because it reminds you that just because you can talk, it doesn't mean anyone is going to listen. Aquaman sends out the call to look for Andy and the marine life respond because they respect Arthur and see how much he cares and misses his daughter. It's a subtle thing, but it might be the best thing DeConnick has done on this book. Plus, it works!
The issue continues with the Old Gods finally doing something, and while I worry about what's going on, Aquaman does have some big things he needs to take care of, and so having them Aquababysit is a nice touch. It also leads to a call back from the beginning of this run, which then leads to another great thing we've all been waiting to happen.
By the end, we also get more about the Vulko/Mera wedding, check-in with Dolphin, and get a bit more information about who kidnapped Aquababy. Still, the issue is all about Andy and having Mera back is the icing on the cake!
I am a Miguel Mendonca fan, and this issue looks fantastic. Now matter what I say about DC Comics these days, the art is rarely a problem in any book, especially this one.
Bits and Pieces:
Kelly Sue DeConnick knows what readers want and gives her (or even them) to them quickly. Besides that, though, we get a fantastic character moment with Arthur, the building tension of Dagon City, and some kickass art. This run may have started slow, but it's worth checking out now.