Sunday, June 12, 2016

Aquaman Rebirth #1

   I have to admit that I haven't been reading Aquaman's comic for a while, so I have no idea if this is a reboot, a restart or just more of the same.

   This Rebirth issue, whatever it may be, is a good jumping on place - it's a narrative-heavy issue framed around a serious action sequence with Aquaman fighting to prevent a terrorist attack on the American shore by an Atlantean fringe group.

   So we see him in action, exerting his considerable powers to stop men and monsters alike.

   The script by Dan Abnett is solid, and the art by Scot Eaton and Oscar Jimenez - inked by Mark Morales and Jimenez - is exceptional, with several impressive splash pages (no pun intended).

   The series has always struggled with the idea that Aquaman is somehow a joke of a hero - "he talks to fish" - and once again they do their best to discredit that.

   I'd say it's past time to put that aside and focus on telling great stories - that'll do more to secure the hero's reputation than any amount of verbiage.

Grade: A-


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