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Review: Aquaman #1

Aquaman #1

Title: The Trench part 1

Written by Geoff Johns

Pencils by Ivan Reis

Inks by Joe Prado

A truck of gun touting bank robbers is cutting a path of destruction through the streets of Boston. The Beantown’s finest are hot on their trail but are making up no ground. Then out of nowhere appears…Aquaman!  The bank robbers break out in laughter. After all, what damage can Aquaman do so far from his home at the bottom of the ocean? They cackel as they point their truck right at the King of Atlantis. But their laughter quickly stops when Aquaman uses his trident to flip their truck over his head like it weighed no more than a goldfish.

Geoff Johns wants you to be clear of one thing; Aquaman is cool. You may not think he is but that’s your own damn fault because this king of the sea is pure bad ass. Johns genius in reestablishing Arthur Curry (Aquaman’s human identity) is that the characters he encounters have the same opinion of him that the general public does. It is not all meta image rehabilitation though. Johns spends ample time to set up Arthur Curry’s strife of being a man of two worlds and he introduces a man eating ichthusian villain that I’m excited about. Wonderfully,Ivan Reis is up to the task of rendering Aquaman as cool as he is written. In particular, seeing bullets bouncing off his chest gave me chills.


Bring all your preconceived notions about Aquaman to this book and get ready to have them thrown right back in your face.


Buy It- If you like superhero books this is a must. It will make you more excited for Justice League and the future of the new DCU.


Bobby Shortle is founder and Editor in Chief of Talking Comics as well as the host of the weekly Talking Comics Podcast. When he's not writing about comics he's making short films which can be found at http://vimeo.com/bobbyshortle and talking…

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