To that end, this was my favorite issue of Aquaman and the Others so far. I enjoyed the "Legacy of Gold" story, but thought it went on a little too long, and wasn't the greatest way to launch the new series. This issue is more of a classic team book set up, with the group together at the beginning and then going their own way--Sayeh returns to her family, Aquaman and Mera finally get some alone time (I love that Arthur calls her "Red"), Prisoner of War deals with some personal demons, and The Operative faces off against the KGB Beast, plus another unknown foe.
On the art, Allen and Medina are getting better, though occasionally they have some problems keeping faces consistent (I'm speaking specifically of that close-up of Mera in the "I'm Yours" panel, which seems to have a word balloon pointing in the wrong direction). But the final few pages between The Operative and KGB Beast are well staged and easy to follow.
I really like the new floating HQ for The Others, complete with tricked-out bed chamber for their leader. Let's get on an Others line of action figures, just so this can be made into a playset!