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Aquaman #23 (2011)
Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons
Title: Death of a King Chapter Five: Dead End
Cover Title: If the Scavenger isn't stopped... ...Atlantis is Doomed!
Cover Date: Oct 2013
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Sean Parsons
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Colorist: Rod Reis
Cover Artist: Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons and Rod Reis
Variant Cover Artist: Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons (sketch)
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Matt Idelson (Group Editor)
AQUAMAN Created By Paul Norris
Ship Date: 28 Aug 2013
Order Code: JUN13 0163
Cover Price: $2.99
Page Count: 32 (20 story pages)
Character Appearances: Mera, Aquaman, the Dead King, Nereus, Orm, Tula, Vulko
Reprints: Aquaman Volume 4: Death of a King

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Variant sketch cover

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The critically acclaimed adventures of Aquaman continue! "Death of a King" comes to a shocking conclusion as Aquaman is forced to fight alongside Mera's husband Nereus to defend Atlantis from the Dead King - the first King of Atlantis and rightful ruler of the Seven Seas! But what does the Scavenger and his army have to do with this attack? And what dark secret will send Aquaman off on a quest to uncover the truth behind himself and Atlantis?


All the various forces converge on Atlantis and the Dead King wins the day.


Aquaman and Mera flee Xebel to return to Atlantis, only to find the city under attack by Scavenger's men.

At Belle Reve, the trio who set out to free Orm learns of the attack on Atlantis and have to make a decision.

Urn sacrifices his life for Aquaman, who summons Topo to the aid of the city. Topo destroys the Scavenger's subs, but Nereus and the Dead King arrive to take over the city.

Aquaman collapses from the strain of controlling Topo and wakes up six months later in Vulko's care.


This issue features a 1:25 B&W variant cover by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons.

Tula doesn't want to kill surfacers and start another war, but Murk is perfectly willing to take out as many as possible to save Orm. Swatt again threatens to reveal Murk's secret.

Urn, the prison guard, dies to save Aquaman from one of the Scavenger's weapons.

There's no indication of what happened to the Scavenger, or his men, when the Dead King invaded the city.

I'm curious how the Scavenger could gather an army big enough to take on all the forces of Atlantis. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

The next month's books are the villain books with gimmicky 3D motion covers. One for Orm and one for Black Manta. We won't learn what happened with Aquaman until two months later. This book also gives Aquaman a reason for being missing during the Forever Evil event. However, Aquaman's appearance in Justice League of America during the event indicates that DC didn't take advantage of it.

Characters: Nereus; Swatt; Tula; Murk; Orm; Urn; the Dead King; Vulko

Locations: Xebel; Belle Reve; Atlantis; Antarctica


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