And Then I Read: AQUAMAN 1 & 2

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Aquaman has always been considered a second-string character by comics fans, despite a long history, membership in the JLA, and some popular series. So, I was interested to see how Geoff Johns would go about putting him in the top tier in this book, as I believe is his intention. (And Geoff’s track record with Flash and Green Lantern, among others is quite good!)

To be a more powerful and important Aquaman, then, you must: Say little to the common folk. Frown a lot (indeed, most of the time). Carry a very large and dangerous trident around at all times (on your back when not in your hand). Admit you’ve heard the Aquaman jokes, and are not amused. Show off your scale armor by letting bullets bounce off it (the old Superman trick). In your off-time revisit your old haunts, like a diner where your dad used to bring you, but leave in a huff when the Aquaman jokes come out. Make a pledge to live on land, and not return to Atlantis. Make your home in a cool lighthouse, with the lovely Mera. Respond to calls for help from any seaman or seaman’s friend, even when attacked by undersea monsters (okay, that hasn’t changed, has it?)

Despite my hopefully gently ribbing, this was a great read, and I’m looking forward to more.

Here’s the man showing off his trident and his strength. No water in sight, none needed, apparently. The art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado is terrific, as expected, and this looks like a real rebirth for one of DC’s oldest characters. Hope so!

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