The thing with Aquaman is that he is one of the most well-known superheroes in pop culture, but by well-known, I mean as a joke. The guy talks to fish and swims… that’s it. He got the biggest exposure from the Super Friends cartoon and that did him no favors. He was given a come back in the Justice League cartoon, but that’s mainly a riff on Sub-Mariner, not Aquaman at all. So, why would anyone want to work on this series let alone read it?
Because it’s awesome.
Aquaman is almost just as old a character as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but unfortunately, his back story is very convoluted and often contradictory. The new series by Geoff Johns side-stepped this issue immediately by placing Aquaman and his wife in the world of men while also establishing that no one takes him seriously. Tough break and it also struck me as an odd way to re-introduce Aquaman in this ‘New DC.’ It turns out that Johns had a master plan all along.
Throughout the first ten issues, small hints have been littered about the mystery of both Aquaman and his wife Mera. Both are not what they seem. Mera was sent from another dimension to kill Aquaman and instead married him (make of that what you will). Whereas Aquaman had his own secret Justice League years ago and was far less restrained. He also killed Black Manta’s father. So… complicated.
This series really grows each issue for me. I was hesitant at first, but this is quickly turning into the Aquaman series that fans of the hero have wanted for years and the one that should have been printed ages ago. The action is dynamic, the artwork by Reiss and Prado is amazing and the plot just keeps developing. I am very interested in seeing where this goes next.