For a certain class of geek, we know the secret: Aquaman is awesome. Oh, sure, some people familiar with a certain outrageous portrayal think he's awesome, but that guy and the guy the minority in the know think of are very, very different. The guy from the comics is awesome, and has been for a long, long time. The kind of guy who, when threatened, will throw a freakin' POLAR BEAR at his enemies. Seriously, it took a silly cartoon overplaying his portrayal for people to realize how cool Aquaman could be?
Well, yeah, and even still, for the majority of people, when they think of Aquaman they think "That useless guy from Superfriends"? But that's Superfriends, you can't judge from that.
So Geoff Johns took it upon himself to try to remind people that Aquaman is awesome, like he tried for Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash . . . seriously, it looks like Geoff Johns has made it a habit of taking once-iconic characters that modern readers don't feel any connection to, and trying to make then awesome again.
Not relevant, not really. But awesome.
And so we begin the new 52 version of Aquaman. He and his beautiful wife Meera are trying to figure out their life, and they've decided to pursue that life on the surface world. There's just a couple of problems. First, there's some deep undersea menace searching for food among those who live on the surface.
And second, the people of the new 52 DC universe seem to be under the same idiotic delusion that people in the real world suffer from: that Aquaman is useless.
It was kind of cute at first, but the longer this goes on, it just paints the regular folk around him as morons. This is a guy who is almost bullet proof. A guy who almost singlehandedly stopped an armored car going at full tilt. A guy capable of leaping a tall building in a single bound. A guy who used to RULE ATLANTIS. And they're treating him with casual disregard, just because they think he's useless out of water, and that he talks to fish.
The series tries to explain that fish brains are too primitive for them really talk, but that's the wrong way to go about it.
Aquaman doesn't "talk to fish," he commands fish. And they obey.
Also, each issue feels short, like we're only getting half or maybe 3/4ths the story a regular issue would have. I don't know how that could be fixed, though. Even when there are quieter scenes in the issue, the rest somehow feels shorter.
Aside from those complaints, though, Aquaman is a good, fun series. The writing is top-tier, the art is great, and Aquaman is awesome.
As it should be.
He should just be getting the respect he deserves in his own title.
Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque; and Meera is smokin' hot, but she always was.