Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning
By Dan Abnett (Writer), Brad Walker (Artist), Philippe Briones (Artist), Gabe Eltaeb (Colourist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer)
I received a free copy of Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.
A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in te surface world, he’s a hero and an outcast.
In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to finally choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!
Collecting: Aquaman 1-7, Rebirth
Summary from Goodreads.
Do you think that Aquaman is a weak superhero? Well I did, but after reading Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning I have completely change my opinion on him. I had never read a story with Aquaman in it before, so I have no idea how I got the idea that he was a secondary superhero. I guess like most people, we see him wear his orange and green suit and hear that he can talk to fish and immediately write him off without giving him a chance.
After reading my first story with Aquaman, how do people not like Aquaman? He is the King of Atlantis; he controls the seas which make up 75% of Earth; he is a member of the Justice League. It seems like people who have the opinion that he is not a good superhero (like I used to), have not read any of his storylines. When you actually read what he does, he is more than someone who can talk to sea creatures (not that he really talks to them but that is a different matter entirely).
Lets talk about the storyline, this was probably one of the most thought out story’s that I have ever read. It is easy to see why Aquaman feels the way that he does, and it is also easy to see how both the Atlantean’s and that land-dwellers feel about each other. Like I did, most of the land-dwellers dismiss Aquaman as a secondary superhero and question why he is in the Justice League. Whatever he does to try and build good relations between Atlantis and the rest of the world is always meet with opposition and constant breakdowns. But even with all of these setbacks, he never gives up hope that one day Atlantis and the rest of the world will see each other as equals when most people would have given up.
The art style was okay. Since I have not read an Aquaman comic before, or a comic that is set in the sea for that matter I do not really have anything to compare it to. That said, I was not able to differentiate when he was on land or in the water at times. I suspect that if it was a tad more easy to see the difference then this would have been an almost perfect volume.
A very good story around Aquaman; give it a shot, chances are that you will enjoy it more than you realise.
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