Aquaman #4 - Death of a King
(2014)

DC, 2013 Series
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Volume
4
Price
16.99 USD; 19.99 CAD
Pages
204
On-sale date
2014-11-19
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [peel]
ISBN
978-1-4012-4995-3 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401249953 51699
Editing
Matt Idelson (editor - original series); Brian Cunningham (editor - original series); Chris Conroy (associate editor - original series); Katie Kubert (associate editor - original series); Kate Dupre (assistant editor - original series); Robin Wildman (editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
6.5" x 10.0"
Paper Stock
Glossy
Binding
Trade Paperback
Publishing Format
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

Collects Aquaman (DC, 2011 series) #17-19, 21-25


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Andrew Dalhouse [as House] (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Murk; Tula; Swatt; Trench creatures
Reprints

[Title Page] (Table of Contents: 1)

Aquaman / credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]

Indexer Notes

Title page with illustration from the cover of Aquaman #23.

[Title and Credits] (Table of Contents: 2)

Aquaman / credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Atlanteans

Indexer Notes

Title pages with creator credits, includes illustration from Aquaman #18.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
typeset

Characters
Mera; The Dead King

Indexer Notes

Indicia and publisher information, with illustration from Aquaman #19.

[Aquaman #17] (Table of Contents: 4)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Art Thibert (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #17 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 5)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Art Thibert (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Throne of Atlantis Epilogue (Table of Contents: 6)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Judy Walton; Nick Walton]; Captain Moller; Murk (intro); unnamed Drift soldiers; Cyborg [Victor Stone] (voice only); Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]; Amanda Waller; Mera; Jennifer Posey; The Dead King
Synopsis
Aquaman helps the Sea Devils stop whale hunters armed with Atlantean weapons. Further investigation reveals that someone has been gathering up Atlantean weapons left behind in the attack on Boston and selling them to the highest bidder.
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[Aquaman #18] (Table of Contents: 7)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #18 - Black and White Cover Pencils Reprint] (Table of Contents: 8)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white pencil art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter One (Table of Contents: 9)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Pat (death); Jacob (death); Murk; Drift soldiers; Swatt; Tula; Mera; Urn; Vulko; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]; Officer Erika Watson (intro); The Dead King
Synopsis
A new threat rises in Antartica. Aquaman, Murk, and their teams scour the seas for lost Atlantean weapons. Tula confronts Aquaman about her brother Orm's fate. Aquaman seeks Vulko's advice on who is behind the trading of Atlantean weapons. Murk pledges to help Tula free Orm from prison. Mera has a run-in with the Amnesty Bay police which is interrupted by the arrival of the Dead King.
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Indexer Notes

It is revealed that Tula is Orm's brother, and that they share the same father. Orm and Arthur share the same mother, so while Arthur and Tula are not related, they both have Orm as a brother.

Swatt is not indentified by name until issue #19.

[Aquaman #19] (Table of Contents: 10)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Brad Anderson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Dead King
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

Only left panel of original gatefold cover is reprinted here. The full image is reprinted at the rear of this volume.

[Aquaman #19 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 11)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Dead King
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Only left panel of original gatefold cover is reprinted here. The full image is reprinted at the rear of this volume.

Death of a King Chapter Two (Table of Contents: 12)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Topo; Urn; Atlantean soldiers; Ocean Master [Orm Marius]; unnamed lawyer; Murk; Tula; Swatt; Mera; the Dead King; Drift soldiers; Xebellians; Nereus
Synopsis
Aquaman asks Topo for help to find Scavenger. Orm becomes frustrated facing the justice of the surface world. Murk and Tula recruit Swatt in their mission to travel to the surface world and free Orm. The Dead King threatens Mera.
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Keywords
Belle Reve Penitentiary; Bermuda Triangle; Xebel

Indexer Notes

Topo is re-envisoned here as a giant sea-monster.

[Aquaman #21] (Table of Contents: 13)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #21 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 14)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter Three: Confrontation (Table of Contents: 15)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mera; Nereus; Xebellians; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Tula; Drift soldiers; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]; Vulko; Atlanteans; Doctor Rhodon (intro); Murk; Swatt; Ocean Master [Orm Marius]; Urn; the Dead King
Synopsis
Mera returns to Xebel to get help against the Dead King, but Nereus is upset she did not complete the mission she left Xebel to accomplish, which was to kill Aquaman. Meanwhile, Aquaman attempts to track down Scavenger, but Scavenger eludes him. Learning of the attack of the Dead King against Mera, Aquaman sets out to find Mera. Murk, Tula, and Swatt proceed with their mission to free Orm from prison. Scavenger succeeds in finding Atlantis.
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Keywords
Bermuda Triangle; Xebel

Indexer Notes

Nereus, King of Zebel, reveals that three years prior he and Mera were to be married after she completed her mission to leave Xebel to travel to Atlantis to kill Aquaman. Mera had a change of heart after meeting Arthur. This was previously revealed in Brightest Day (DC, 2010 series) #6.

[Aquaman #22] (Table of Contents: 16)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Murk; Drift soldiers
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #22 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 17)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Murk; Drift soldiers
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter Four (Table of Contents: 18)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Tula; Murk; Swatt; Ocean Master [Orm]; Mera; the Dead King; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]; Atlanteans; Vulko; Urn; Nereus; Xebellians
Synopsis
Murk, Tula, and Swatt continue to get closer to freeing Orm from prison. Aquaman frees Mera and confronts the Dead King. The Dead King tells Aquaman he is not a true descendant of Atlantean royalty. Meanwhile, with Aquaman away, Scavenger and his men take over Atlantis.
Reprints
Keywords
Bermuda Triangle; Xebel

[Aquaman #23] (Table of Contents: 19)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #23 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 20)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter Five: Dead End (Table of Contents: 21)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Nereus; Xebellians; Swatt; Murk; Tula; Ocean Master [Orm]; Urn (death); Atlanteans; Scavenger [Peter Mortimer]; Vulko; Topo; The Dead King
Synopsis
With Nereus and the Xebellians pledging allegiance to the Dead King, Aquaman and Mera are forced to flee Xebel. They return to Atlantis to find it under the control of Scavenger. Tula has second thoughts about the mission to free Orm, but before she, Murk, and Swatt can proceed, they learn of the attack on Atlantis. As Aquaman leads the attack on Scavenger and his team, the Dead King arrives with Nereus and the Xebellians to conquer Atlantis. Aquaman is injured in the battle.
Reprints
Keywords
Bermuda Triangle; Xebel

[Aquaman #24] (Table of Contents: 22)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Rod Reis (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #24 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 23)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter Six: Secret of the Seven Seas (Table of Contents: 24)

Aquaman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Tom Curry (flashback); Atlanna (flashback); Tula (flashback); Murk (flashback); Swatt (flashback); Urn (flashback); Vulko; Atlanteans (flashback); Atlan [The Dead King] (flashback); Sala (Atlan's wife, flashback); Orin (Atlan's brother, flashback); Trench creature (flashback); Mera (flashback)
Synopsis
Aquaman awakens to discover that he has been unconscious for six months, and in that time, the Dead King has seized control of Atlantis. Vulko had helped Arthur to escape and now helps Arthur learn the truth: the Dead King is Atlan, who was the first ruler of Atlantis, who was overthrown and his family was killed by his treacherous brother Orin. Once Atlan successfully defeated Orin and reclaimed the throne, Atlan sank Atlantis. Vulko reveals that Arthur is not descended from Atlan the true king of Atlantis, but is instead descended from the villainous Orin.
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Indexer Notes

It is revealed that when Atlantis sank, its seven kingdoms split apart, four were lost, the other three were Atlantis, Xebel, and what would become the Trench.

[Aquaman #25] (Table of Contents: 25)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Andrew Dalhouse [as House] (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Murk; Tula; Swatt; Trench creatures
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #25 - Black and White Cover Reprint] (Table of Contents: 26)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Murk; Tula; Swatt; Trench creatures
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black and white art from issue cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing. Includes credits for cover.

Death of a King Chapter Seven: Baptism of Fire (Table of Contents: 27)

Aquaman / comic story / 30 pages (report information)

Script
Geoff Johns
Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Inks
Sean Parsons
Colors
Rod Reis
Letters
Dezi Sienty

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Vulko; Trench creatures; The Dead King [Atlan]; Nereus; Xebellians; Mera; Tula; Swatt; Murk; Atlanteans; Jennifer Posey; Ocean Master [Orm Marius]; Erin Shaw
Synopsis
After spending six months unconscious, Aquaman returns to Atlantis leading the Trench creatures to free Atlantis from the Dead King and the Xebellians. The Dead King is slain, Nereus and the Xebellians retreat, and Arthur resumes his role as King of Atlantis.
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Indexer Notes

At the end of this issue, we see Orm with Erin Shaw, whom he rescued after escaping from Belle Reve in Aquaman #23.2. Nereus finds Orm and tells him that he knows the locations of the lost kingdoms of Atlantis and he wants himself and Orm to take their places with the others of the seven kings in order to rule the world. There was a blurb at the end of the story in the original issue (the blurb is omitted here) saying that the story would be concluded in the epic Justice League story event "Rise of the Seven Seas!" That storyline has yet to be published. When Nereus and Orm next meet in Mera: Queen of Atlantis (DC, 2018 series), there is no mention of their meeting at the end of this issue.

[Aquaman #19 MAD Magazine Variant Cover] (Table of Contents: 28)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Tom Bunk
Inks
Tom Bunk
Colors
Tom Bunk ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Mera; Ocean Master; The Dead King; Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color art from issue variant cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

[Aquaman #19 Full Fold-Out Cover Image] (Table of Contents: 29)

Aquaman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier (signed)
Inks
Sean Parsons (signed)
Colors
Brad Anderson
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Dead King; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Full illustration from original gatefold cover with no logos, numbers, and pricing.

Aquaman Sketch Gallery by Paul Pelletier (Table of Contents: 30)

illustration / 7 pages (report information)

Pencils
Paul Pelletier
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Character sketches of Scavenger, the Dead King, and Swatt. Also cover sketches for Aquaman #17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, and 25.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

Aquaman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Aquaman
  2. 1. [Title Page]
    Aquaman
  3. 2. [Title and Credits]
    Aquaman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. [Aquaman #17]
    Aquaman
  6. 5. [Aquaman #17 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  7. 6. Throne of Atlantis Epilogue
    Aquaman
  8. 7. [Aquaman #18]
    Aquaman
  9. 8. [Aquaman #18 - Black and White Cover Pencils Reprint]
    Aquaman
  10. 9. Death of a King Chapter One
    Aquaman
  11. 10. [Aquaman #19]
    Aquaman
  12. 11. [Aquaman #19 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  13. 12. Death of a King Chapter Two
    Aquaman
  14. 13. [Aquaman #21]
    Aquaman
  15. 14. [Aquaman #21 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  16. 15. Death of a King Chapter Three: Confrontation
    Aquaman
  17. 16. [Aquaman #22]
    Aquaman
  18. 17. [Aquaman #22 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  19. 18. Death of a King Chapter Four
    Aquaman
  20. 19. [Aquaman #23]
    Aquaman
  21. 20. [Aquaman #23 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  22. 21. Death of a King Chapter Five: Dead End
    Aquaman
  23. 22. [Aquaman #24]
    Aquaman
  24. 23. [Aquaman #24 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  25. 24. Death of a King Chapter Six: Secret of the Seven Seas
    Aquaman
  26. 25. [Aquaman #25]
    Aquaman
  27. 26. [Aquaman #25 - Black and White Cover Reprint]
    Aquaman
  28. 27. Death of a King Chapter Seven: Baptism of Fire
    Aquaman
  29. 28. [Aquaman #19 MAD Magazine Variant Cover]
    Aquaman
  30. 29. [Aquaman #19 Full Fold-Out Cover Image]
    Aquaman
  31. 30. Aquaman Sketch Gallery by Paul Pelletier
  32. 31. [no title indexed]
    Aquaman
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