Volume 5. But still nothing about the other kingdoms being reunited. :(
This time, Aquaman has to fight the Chimera, the crazy experiment a Triton Base scientist cooked up using the brain of an Atlantean monster. The Chimera was able to camouflage as things, and had all the super powers of all the predators under the sea. He thought he'd be able to mind control Arthur (especially since he was able to control the minds of fish better than Arthur), but he totally failed. But he lived to fight another day, so I guess we'll see the Chimera again sometime.
After that, Arthur invited Dr. Shin, Daniel Evans, and the Martian Manhunter into Atlantis to help him solve a problem: why are the seaquakes happening? It turns out, they're because Arthur is king, but he is part surface dweller, so the living kingdom (it absorbs the thoughts and feelings of dead Atlanteans) has not completely accepted him. It should have been fine when his mother died. Which leads to a bigger mystery: where is Arthur's mother? Her body should have been in its tomb/casket. But it is missing. So Arthur and Mera go off hunting through gates to find her. They make their way to Katangala, the land of psychic talking apes. And eventually find Atlanna's trail leads them to the Maelstrom. But Atlanna was told Arthur and his father were murdered by her Atlantean husband's hand. Will Arthur be able to convince her that he is who he says he is?
Oh, we also got the origin story of Mera (of how she left Xebel and decided not to assassinate Arthur). That happened nearer the beginning of the volume, but was pretty out of place with most of what happened.
Like I said, this was better than Volume 5 though. The stories fit together a lot better, rather than being random weird, almost unrelated things.
So *hopefully* I get the story I'm waiting for in Volume 7!
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