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Review: Aquaman #1 (Johns & Reis)

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:04

The issue was aimed at me.

I've never been a big Aquaman fan, for some reason or another he just never appealed to me. Some guy from the sea riding on top Dolphins conflicted by his human and Atlantean nature, trying to save the day.


In Aquaman #1 Geoff Johns directly confronts this thought: that Aquaman is nobody's favorite super hero. And let's face it - he's not!

However, what Johns provides here does - pardon the pun - hook you in. It's a quick, fast-paced read that introduces cool looking sea monsters in the beginning, followed by Aquaman's debut in the New 52, which shows off just how darn powerful the King of the Sea truly is! Superman who?! Honestly, I don't think I've ever realized it.

It's funny and ironic, because Johns uses the supporting characters the exact same way a majority (I would say) of non-Aquaman fans feel. In one instance, after he stops some bad guys, he is asked if he wants water! Another, has some cops hesitant to tell their fellow officers that Aquaman showed them up. Still more, as a blogger references Aquaman Saturday Night Live Skits and Youtube videos! All the meanwhile, Aquaman is just taking it all in. 

However, it is not just a tongue-in-cheek parody of comic book reader's thoughts and feelings toward the deep-sea-dweller, Johns offers us a very human side to Aquaman, and with that, a choice has seemingly been made, which I felt moves the story forward and does away with that conflicted turmoil. I liked that Johns had him choose a side. Furthermore, he is not just doing this alone, which will play out in future issues. From there, what we witness in the opening pages, we are brought back to, with the realization that the stuff is about to hit the fan!

And then there is the art by the likes of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. There is not much you can say in regards to their art other than pure awesomeness. It totally makes the book for me. 

So you might have seen Aquaman #1 on the shelves ('cause it's gone now!) and thought just as I do: Aquaman meh. Big mistake. As long as Johns, Reis and Prado are on the book - so am I! Be sure to get the second printing if you missed out the first time!