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Aquaman #1

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Aquaman #1

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Ivan Reis
  • Inks: Joe Prado
  • Colors: Rodrigo Reis
  • Story Title: The Trench Part One
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2011

It might be a little early to make this claim, but Aquaman feels like it will remold Arthur Curry in a similar fashion to Geoff Johns' work on Green Lantern.  From the outset, Johns is quite conscious of Aquaman’s stigma and almost comical status within the superhero community.  Much of this first issue not only acknowledges it as a fact, but instantly begins to turn the tide against it.  

Much like in Green Lantern: Rebirth, Johns reintroduces not only Aquaman, but the heart and soul of Arthur Curry.  His colored past as a half-human half-Atlantean, his strong bond to his father, and most importantly his strange (until now rather useless) powers, are all torn down and built up stronger than ever.  Johns works best when he focuses on a single character, their history, powers, and most importantly what makes them unique as a character;  Aquaman not only redefines Arthur Curry’s past in twenty-two pages, but also focuses on the future: Arthur’s future on land with his wife Mera, and the emergence from the depths of a new horrific and bloodthirsty enemy.

Much like artist Ivan Reis’ definitive take on Hal Jordan, he again molds the perfect image of Arthur Curry.  Reis’ rendition is calm, composed, yet powerful and commanding.  Arthur’s trademark look is completed with a much more imposing trident, which steals the show any time it makes it onto the page.  Reis’ art, of course, is not merely gorgeous static images, as his work leads the reader’s eye from panel to panel, page to page, and scene to scene.  Aquaman is certainly one of the smoothest and most fluid reads of the New 52.

Aquaman showcases both Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis at their strongest and most professional level.  Both have proven themselves capable of creating rich and emotive character defining stories, and again are laying the groundwork for a similar take on Aquaman.  Not only are the necessary pieces for an exciting story present, but the intense character development expected of Johns once against takes center stage.

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