Aquaman // artwork by Dave Bardin (2013)
Aquaman: Shark Week // artwork by Tom Kelly (2012)
Aquaman: It’s Good To Be The King! // artwork by Terry Dodson (2010)
Aquaman Vs Black Manta // artwork by Lucciano Vecchio (2012)
Aquaman // artwork by Yildiray Cinar (2012)
Do you know that artist extraordinarie Yildiray Cinar now has a tumblr account? go check it out!
So I Read Today… Aquaman #7 (Vol.5)
Back when the new 52 started I told you all to keep an eye for this book. Sales-wise I don’t know how it’s been doing, but I have to say that not even a single number has let me down so far, in this issue we get to see again for the first time, Aquaman’s Nemesis: Black Manta. This guy is bad ass and he means business, he’s not fucking around. While gathering the relics of Atlantis, he defeats Kahina The Seer a girl with the ability to see the immediate future. Before taking her life away he tells her exactly what it’s going to happen to every living being she holds dear.
Meanwhile Aquaman is still doing his best to help out his fellow man and trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of “The Others”. He goes for the help of Dr. Shin a man obsessed with Atlantis and willing to make a pact with the devil if it means finding the secret location of a place he’s been devoted for most of his working life. As the discussion between Arthur and the Doctor goes on, an assassin named Ya’Wara appears before them to kill Dr. Shin since she’s pretty sure he’s the one selling “The Others” to Black Manta. Who is this group?, What does Aquaman and Black Manta has to do with them? To be revealed in future editions!
Aquaman is one of the most solid books coming out of the DCnU right now and if you are not reading it, you are losing some of the best stories out there, a solid script, amazing artwork and overall, one of the single greatest comic books published right now. Go for it and thanks me later!
This is pretty recent but it’s an amazing moment. As I stated in an early review Aquaman has emerged as a powerhouse in the DCnU, not only is he royalty, he’s also a fast talking strategist with tons of combat experience and a chip on his shoulder the size of Alaska. His first impression of the team is best left said by his choice of words to them when they first meet:
As proper introductions are made, The King of The Sea explains to the League how the invading forces of Parademons are destroying his kingdom, he’s the first to acknowledge the fact that they are together to fight the invasion, something that no one on the recently formed team had noticed.
Aquaman is not there to waste time. Displaying a No-nonsense attitude, he begins to lay out a strategy to fight what he believes is the center point of the invasion, but find opposition in Hal Jordan, The Green Lantern who chews him off and dismiss him, reminding the king that he’s not under sea anymore and he’s not a fish he can boss around.
Jordan goes as far as asking the King what the hell he’s supposed to do regarding about his powers, pointing out all the comical references made about him in pop culture and pointing out the abilities of his recent partners who have more than enough power to lead.
A swarm of Parademons appears before the team as Jordan ceases his little rant. Aquaman, who never lost his cool during the little confrontation let’s his actions speak for him.
Using his natural telepathic abilities he commands the life of the undersea, to take care of the problem for him, the next few panels prove that the king his here to kick some ass and take some names!
Aquaman shuts Jordan’s mouth who can only deliver a “Never mind” after such an amazing display. The King has arrived!
Aquaman // artwork by Alex Ross (2005)
You want to know why Aquaman is a Bad Ass? click on the image and learn TEN reasons why this guy is a powerhouse in the DC Universe!
So I Read Today… Aquaman #1 (Vol.5)
This is it, of all the new 52, this is the book I was expecting the most (laugh if you want now). Aquaman has been regarded as a joke for too long in the DC Universe and it’s something that hasn’t gone under noticed to the King Of Atlantis himself. This new beginning for Arthur Curry is a great jumping point for new readers curious about the character. It gives exactly the kind of insight you are expecting from a guy who is regarded as a laughing stock, The fact is that he’s nothing more than pure badass and attitude about it.
Aquaman is guy who people regards as “the guy who talks to fish” but in the span of six pages we learn that this guy is super-strong, he’s impervious to damage and he doesn’t has to be near water to kick ass. In the rest of the book we also learn that just because he can guide sea life to do his will he’s not above having humans cravings and eating of the sea life he commands if he’s hungry. We also learn he does have a temper and stands very little human curiosity regarding his personal life or the reasons to do what he does. We are reminded that he’s royalty, the he works the human economy one piece of gold at the time, he’s also married to a very beautiful woman who loves him and stands by him no matter what. The threat? It does show his ugly face in here for a couple of minutes, but It’ll come next issue, and that suits me just fine.
I have to say that Aquaman was exactly the kind of book I was expecting it to be. It’s a fun read, Geoff Johns has hit another home run, one that I expect to soar for a long time, the beautiful art of Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis compliments one of the most solid packages the New DC Universe has to offer, as a fan I have a long time waiting for a good creative team to do right by Aquaman, for me this is it!. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
People always dismiss Aquaman as a joke, the guy you can mock in the DC universe because he has the most useless powers on the JLA, I blame Cartoon Network and the old Superfriends cartoon of this, hell even shows like Bing Bang Theroy dismiss the guy like if he was nothing!.
Maybe the new series by the main man Geoff Jhons will make people remember that this guy is a powerhouse in the DC Universe for a reason. Aquaman, very much like Marvel’s Namor The Submariner is royalty. He is the King to all Atlanteans and lord of the seven seas in the DC universe, this guy may not fly but he can swim in 70% of the planet like nobody’s business, he commands all sea life with a though (alive or dead), and in land he can use his telepathy to hurt whoever the hell he wants, this guy skin is as thick as Superman’s and he has almost the same strength of his JLA partner. He also can stand the deepest pressures of the ocean with no need for special equipment, plus he carries around a big golden trident to kick your ass and look good doing it! Let’s give the king some respect!