This is the first straight forward Aquaman comic I've read.
The artwork isn't bad. The fact that Mera says my love quite a bit is rather annoying.
This issue has several great things about it.
1. Mera - she decks Superman (and the reaction to this action is so wonderful). She is also kick ass.
2. The look at how people see Aquaman - how despite being part of the Justice League, he is still a bit outside of the league. He isn't part of the Trinity or part of the second Trinity, he's different.
3. Because he is different and, to some people, doesn't belong above or below, he struggles to bring together his two worlds. Yet, in many ways, he seems the most healthy mentally of male superheroes (and many superheroes in general). In part, this could be because he has a stable relationship. But if this book is any indication, it seems more that he has reconciled who he is and what he has done.
4. This book handles the hero killing someone quite well. And it ties back to point 3.
5. The responsibility of being a leader of a nation is examined here. Not just with Aquaman's actions but those of the other characters. It's actually a good look at what the right decision is, or if there is even a right one.
6. The amount of women in power in this book rocks!