Aquaman and Mera continue their investigation into the mysterious portal technology used by the ancient Atlanteans and related disappearance of his mother. The action this issue moves from Gorilla City to Polynesia to somewhere very, very far away, where an encounter with gigantic flame-spewing beasts presages a meeting that could change Aquaman's life.
What's more, Aquaman is an edyoocayshunal read - as well as this nugget, you'll learn some Polynesian this time.
Aquaman has been one of DC's strongest books since the beginning of the New 52, but its gore and foregrounding of negative perceptions against Arthur - even though the point was to hobble them - meant it wasn't a favourite. Those aspects have gone, and there's nothing I don't like about the current direction and execution. Maelstrom has everything I want in an Aquaman comic - likeable, competent heroes; a strong, shaded supporting cast; a playfulness around the politics; and big, colourful antagonists. If you've not tried the current series, jump right in - Parker, Pelletier and the rest of the gang wrangled by editors Harvey Richards and Frank Pittarese make these particular waters very inviting.