Saying that this arc has been my least favorite is actually still a compliment, as Aquaman is arguably one of the best New 52 books around, and has been since day one.
Here we get a conclusion to this arc, but really an entry point into a much larger story. As Arthur and Mera escape Xebel and retreat to Atlantis, the Scavenger and his crew are still in the midst of decimating the city, until Aquaman summons the giant deep sea creature known as Topo to event the odds.
As the book closes we find Arthur waking up to find the 'traitor' Vulko faithfully watching over him, but to Arthur's surprise, six months have passed since his escape from Xebel and his battle with the Scavenger.
We get the month of September off for Villains Month, and when Aquaman returns in October, I expect that we might see the return of Orm, who was about to be rescued from Belle Reve by Tula and a few other Atlanteans before this issue ended.
Orm is easily (in my opinion) one of the more underrated villains in the DCU, and I hope that if I'm correct, we'll see his return in a big way come October.
Paul Pelletier turned in more fine work in this issue, and the many splashes and spreads served to give an immense sense of scale to this story that has been fairly absent since this arc began five months ago.
Although this may have been the least interesting arc of Aquaman for me, it was still good, and fans of this book have been greatly rewarded for two years now for trying, and sticking, with it.