Aquaman, Volume 1
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 the 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

Aquaman, Volume 1 Details

TitleAquaman, Volume 1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 11th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401267827
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Aquaman, Volume 1 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it's better than Batman, so at least there's that.I was hoping the newly rebirthed Aquaman would Wow me the way Johns' The Trench did, but no such luck. I mean, it's not awful or anything, but for some reason the action and characters didn't really suck me in to the story.The art didn't Wow me, either. Not ugly, just...? shrugs Plus, the colors were too cartoony, or bright, or something? Sorry, I can't put my finger on it, but the look of this thing was just a tad off-putting to me. I don' Well, it's better than Batman, so at least there's that.I was hoping the newly rebirthed Aquaman would Wow me the way Johns' The Trench did, but no such luck. I mean, it's not awful or anything, but for some reason the action and characters didn't really suck me in to the story.The art didn't Wow me, either. Not ugly, just...? shrugs Plus, the colors were too cartoony, or bright, or something? Sorry, I can't put my finger on it, but the look of this thing was just a tad off-putting to me. I don't know, it all just added up to a blech feeling when I looked at it.I did like the relationship between Arthur & Mera. I appreciate it when characters who are romantically involved stick by each other, instead of falling apart at the first sign of trouble.Ok, the gist of the story is that there's this terrorist attack at the Atlantian Embassy and then on an American ship, and it all points to Arthur's people. So the America government arrests Arthur on what may be the flimsiest evidence in comic book history. Do any governments arrest the kings of other countries? I think not. That's the sort of diplomatic nightmare that would start wars. Which is obviously what the writer was going for, but COME ON! The United States is supposedly very wary of Atlantis after Orm attacked (and destroyed) its coastline, so they cuff its new king and stuff him in a jail cell?Um, wouldn't that kind of set the Atlanitan's off...AGAIN?Very contrived and silly, Mr. Abnett. I'm disappointed in you.The showdown with Superman at the end left me with mixed feelings. Sure, I loved seeing Arthur show off what a badass he is, but at the same time I'm disappointed that it had to be against Clark. Superman shouldn't be letting our government manipulate him, you know? He should know better!Add that together with Arthur's little pity party speech about how the Justice League doesn't love him, and the whole thing had a cringy feel to it.Still, I've got hope that this will get better, because its got a decent (thought flawed) plot, and it's readable. Coulda been worse.Recommended for fans of Aquaman.
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  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t tell Anne (she’ll defecate herself), but this is the first real, actual, solo Aquaman story I’ve ever read.(Note: it’s not that Anne would defecate herself because this is the first real, actual, solo Aquaman story I’ve ever read; it’s just that she does so habitually, and I fear any sudden movements might prompt another bowel explosion.)And, like the first woman goodly enough to allow me to practice the manly arts of love on her, I’m underwhelmed. On the one hand, the story takes itself v Don’t tell Anne (she’ll defecate herself), but this is the first real, actual, solo Aquaman story I’ve ever read.(Note: it’s not that Anne would defecate herself because this is the first real, actual, solo Aquaman story I’ve ever read; it’s just that she does so habitually, and I fear any sudden movements might prompt another bowel explosion.)And, like the first woman goodly enough to allow me to practice the manly arts of love on her, I’m underwhelmed. On the one hand, the story takes itself very seriously, setting Aquaman up as a noble and righteous king torn between two worlds and struggling to do right by both; on the other, it tries to self-deprecatingly acknowledge the ridiculousness of making a righteous and noble figure of a dude who talks to fish and wears a hideous orange-and-green, skintight, scaly outfit. The dissonance is distracting, and, other than some cool moments under the water (where, as Bobby Generic once pointed out, the fish don’t stink), the bulk of this story involves a lot of punching for questionable reasons and completely disproportionate responses from everyone from the U.S. Chief of Staff to the Big Blue Boy Scout himself (by which I mean Superman, not Papa Smurf, though rumor has it that he once took Aquaman in a best two-out-of-three arm wrestling contest with, the story goes, both arms tied behind his back).If this is a representative example of the typical Aquaman tale, I’ll just say what the aforementioned taker of my virginity told me upon being offered a second go: “No, thank you—it’s not that I’m full, it’s just that I don’t want anymore. Also, that thing you did, with the twisting? It wasn’t seductive, it just kind of hurt. And when you move your hips like that, you look a little bit like a lopsided spinny toy. Also, you have no ass.” (It's possible that the entirety of that quote is not applicable here, but I leave that up to you to determine, dear reader.)(Side note: Anne, or others, if there are actual good, compelling Aquaman stories I should read, please let me know…)
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story. I felt like the new 52 was a better start, but very few can compare to Geoff Johns as a storyteller. They are never going to let Aquaman just resolve his to kingdoms, Atlantis and the US, are they? This will forever by this archetype. I wouldn't mind seeing a different type of story than always this push, pull of Arthur's two halves. I don't really understand why comic books set up their good guys to fight each other over and over. It seems people love seeing the good guys I enjoyed this story. I felt like the new 52 was a better start, but very few can compare to Geoff Johns as a storyteller. They are never going to let Aquaman just resolve his to kingdoms, Atlantis and the US, are they? This will forever by this archetype. I wouldn't mind seeing a different type of story than always this push, pull of Arthur's two halves. I don't really understand why comic books set up their good guys to fight each other over and over. It seems people love seeing the good guys fight each other as much as they like seeing them fight bad guys. I get tired of it. It's quite the trend right now. oh well. I never seem to be on trend, or rarely. Hey, not everyone can be. Usually, a country will either try and resolve a situation peacefully or maybe go to war, but they don't seem to take the approach of locking up the president or King of a nation. I think this was a strange reaction. It just seems like a set-up to me and if an embassy blows up, usually the government tries to figure out who did it, not closing it down and cutting off diplomatic ties. Anyway...I think this was a good story. I had fun reading it and I will continue on with it. I think Aquaman is still one of my favorite in the DC wheelhouse. Well, if they don't continue to ruin her character, Wonder Woman is my favorite, but they have messed with her and she's not as shiny, but the movie got her right, to bad the NEW 52 did not.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Atlantis has built a dry land embassy on the Massachusetts shore to strengthen relations with America. But xenophobic Atlantean terrorists calling themselves the Deluge, as well as Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta, seek to destroy any attempt at peaceful co-existence. Time for Aquaman and Mera to hit stuff!I’ve only read a handful of random Rebirth issues so Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning is my first full Rebirth book. Given how popular Rebirth has been with readers, putting perennial second-place Atlantis has built a dry land embassy on the Massachusetts shore to strengthen relations with America. But xenophobic Atlantean terrorists calling themselves the Deluge, as well as Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta, seek to destroy any attempt at peaceful co-existence. Time for Aquaman and Mera to hit stuff!I’ve only read a handful of random Rebirth issues so Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning is my first full Rebirth book. Given how popular Rebirth has been with readers, putting perennial second-place comics publisher DC’s sales within swiping distance of market leader Marvel’s (whose own sales have nosedived dramatically in the last year), I was hoping that meant the quality would be sky-high… and unfortunately it’s not, at least for Dan Abnett’s Aquapants.I thought Rebirth was a return to the pre-Flashpoint continuity, ignoring the New 52 years entirely, however the New 52 Throne of Atlantis storyline – when Aquaman’s half-brother Orm/Ocean Master flooded the coasts and invaded the land – is referenced as the basis for America’s fear of Atlantis in this book. So it looks like Rebirth is a return to classic canon while also incorporating the New 52 timeline - fair enough but no idea how that works given that the New 52 was a continuity reboot that wiped out classic canon!The story is so uninspired. Black Manta is being Black Manta, causing mayhem, this time in the new Atlantean embassy, because he wants revenge against Aquaman like he always does – Abnett’s just spinning his wheels, it’s like reading tedium in comics form. Then things get dumber with the Deluge – terrorists obviously not standing for Atlantis – sinking a US ship and once again creating tension between the two nations. Rather than talk through the problem like adults, Aquaman and Mera – mostly Mera – behave like ‘roided out meatheads, punching everything and everyone, making a bad situation even worse.I feel like anyone with a higher than double digits IQ is gonna be not only bored but frustrated with how stupid everyone behaves especially as the escalation could’ve easily been avoided if anyone stopped to think for a moment. But then we wouldn’t get Aquaman and Mera punching Superman which is apparently what Dan Abnett/DC think readers want? “Duuuuuuuuh, I wants me comix to reads like me Injustice game…..!”Aquaman behaves weirdly out of character particularly in the Superman fight, suddenly being insecure about his place in the Justice League, ranting about being “the creepy fish guy” and not getting respect(the Superfriends cartoon exists in this world)!“Aquaman is a joke” is the same tack Geoff Johns took in his first Aquabook and it remains a silly detail. That said, Abnett doesn’t have Johns’ blockbuster vision and pacing and the book doesn’t have Ivan Reis’ sharp pencils – because Aquaman ships every 2 weeks, a number of artists are required to keep up with the demanding schedule so the visuals throughout look rushed and keep changing.Mera is poorly written too. Here she’s angry, stupid and overly aggressive, which doesn’t tally with the character we’ve seen in previous books. Given her behaviour here and Aquaman’s negative reaction to it only makes their engagement even more baffling. Remember DC Universe Rebirth #1? The only story point in that issue for this series was Aquaman proposing to Mera. And that’s basically what Aquaman Rebirth is: a series without any real direction, drive or purpose. I suppose there’s enough backstory here for it to be a decent jumping-on point for new readers, which is one of the main selling points of Rebirth, but it’s not a book that’s gonna make anyone fall in love with the character or even entertain on any level. I got nothing out of this one except for yawn after yawn. A disappointing beginning to my Rebirth odyssey and another terrible Aquaman book to add to the pile!
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  • Bookwraiths
    January 1, 1970
    Best word to describe this one is okay. Started out pretty lame but actually got better as it went. Really want to see where Abnett goes with the Black Manta story.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Next to Superman, the best Rebirth volume I've read yet. I like Abnett's take on the character. Humans either fear him or think he's a joke. And Aquaman and Mera's relationship is actually pretty great. I really liked the political tensions of the book and the war brewing between Atlantic and the U.S. Superman's confrontation with Aquaman was absolutely fantastic. Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    It's just the same story over and over again, i can't remember the last Aquaman trade i read that wasn't the same story about Arthur being hated by everyone and everything, if he's not fighting with Atlantis he's fighting with the US, the story is over done, you can spin it as many times as you like it's still the same record. I still don't understand why Aquaman is hated, Abnett does a good job setting up this plot of Arthur being framed, and even more people hating him, if that is somehow poss It's just the same story over and over again, i can't remember the last Aquaman trade i read that wasn't the same story about Arthur being hated by everyone and everything, if he's not fighting with Atlantis he's fighting with the US, the story is over done, you can spin it as many times as you like it's still the same record. I still don't understand why Aquaman is hated, Abnett does a good job setting up this plot of Arthur being framed, and even more people hating him, if that is somehow possible but i don't get why the hate instantly. Plus Arthur being so self-deprecating calling himself the creepy fish guy i'm like what the fuck is going on here, like Aquaman is one of my faves and this whole idea of everyone hating him is just stupid and it's boring as fuck to read. I feel like i've read this exact same volume before and then the end turns into a injustice volume, i've already seen Supes and Aquaman fighting and it was done better in injustice. Overall us Aquaman fans still aren't getting a break even with the rebirth title it's still the same old same old another disappointing volume.
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  • kristen b ♡
    January 1, 1970
    this was a reread for me!as a whole, this issue is a very good starting point of conflict and shows a clear problem between the atlanteans and the ..... people who live on land? arthur wants to make amends with the land dwellers but while he is doing so, there is an attack that frames atlanteans as the terrorists. aquaman is thrown in jail and mera saves him like the baddie she is even though he asked her not to (he KNEW she would do smth tho, it’s not her to not). they fight the military togeth this was a reread for me!as a whole, this issue is a very good starting point of conflict and shows a clear problem between the atlanteans and the ..... people who live on land? arthur wants to make amends with the land dwellers but while he is doing so, there is an attack that frames atlanteans as the terrorists. aquaman is thrown in jail and mera saves him like the baddie she is even though he asked her not to (he KNEW she would do smth tho, it’s not her to not). they fight the military together and superman shows up. they kick superman’s butt and then have a meeting in atlantis about how to handle this. all while this is happening, n.e.m.o is planning more attacks.such a creative story and a well depiction of aquaman and mera, along with characters like tula, murk and black manta.💙💙💙💙
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    This one started off rough. Rough art, painful dialogue but it did turn it around some by the end. No where near Johns stuff but has a chance to be good.
  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Well hey, this wasn't half bad. I had never read a Aqauman solo title before. I keep hearing to read Jeff's run and I plan on it but till then I decided to check this one out. At first i was unsure, the Rebirth issue was just "Meh" but the rest of the volume stayed pretty interesting. I really enjoyed the interaction with Aquaman and the "land-dwellers" which made for interesting reflection of today's society of "trust" and "image" based on reports and news. People are scared of Aquaman. Don't t Well hey, this wasn't half bad. I had never read a Aqauman solo title before. I keep hearing to read Jeff's run and I plan on it but till then I decided to check this one out. At first i was unsure, the Rebirth issue was just "Meh" but the rest of the volume stayed pretty interesting. I really enjoyed the interaction with Aquaman and the "land-dwellers" which made for interesting reflection of today's society of "trust" and "image" based on reports and news. People are scared of Aquaman. Don't trust him. It's mostly thanks to the reports about him when really he's just trying to be a badass king and hope that America gets that. The back and forth conversations, the political side of it, and the end result are all pretty good. The start of it is okay at best. The first two issues are really just one big fight scene with Aquaman and Mantis. it starts off fun enough but honestly seen it before, done it better. It's just okay here and the whole time I kept thinking this start could be better. Yes, the end of the battle leads to interesting paths for both hero and villain but the start could have had more of a punch. Overall I quite enjoyed my time with this volume. Not love, but enjoyed, and that's a surprise for me. This and Red Hood are the two surprise reads for me in enjoyment. I will check out volume 2!
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    If you're worried Aquaman's Rebirth debut doesn't live up to the lofty standards set by Geoff Johns' New 52 debut, let me put your fears to rest.It doesn't.There. Now that we've got that out of the way, you can appreciate The Drowning for the perfectly decent book it is. The story moves along at a brisk pace and the stakes are high right out of the gate. We don't have to wait long for the inevitable Black Manta fight, and it's a good one. And if you like a healthy dose of political conflict with If you're worried Aquaman's Rebirth debut doesn't live up to the lofty standards set by Geoff Johns' New 52 debut, let me put your fears to rest.It doesn't.There. Now that we've got that out of the way, you can appreciate The Drowning for the perfectly decent book it is. The story moves along at a brisk pace and the stakes are high right out of the gate. We don't have to wait long for the inevitable Black Manta fight, and it's a good one. And if you like a healthy dose of political conflict with your escapism, Abnett has you covered. The story focuses on Aquaman and Mera building ties between Atlantis and the surface world, but with plenty of action to keep things exciting. The King of Atlantis is dishing out diplomacy and punches in equal measure! So is Mera, for that matter. She's packing more of a punch this time around.It's not the greatest Aquaman story out there, but The Drowning is still a pretty solid Rebirth debut.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    After an explosive start, Aquaman's first Rebirth volume settles into a decent tale of Atlantean and surface world politics. While I wouldn't say I was entirely satisfied with the arc, there's something about Aquaman's lore and his struggle to forge a bond between land dwellers and the depths below that I find really interesting. It's also clear that Dan Abnett is building a much larger overall narrative and while i'm not sure if I enjoyed The Drowning enough to see where it goes, it was certain After an explosive start, Aquaman's first Rebirth volume settles into a decent tale of Atlantean and surface world politics. While I wouldn't say I was entirely satisfied with the arc, there's something about Aquaman's lore and his struggle to forge a bond between land dwellers and the depths below that I find really interesting. It's also clear that Dan Abnett is building a much larger overall narrative and while i'm not sure if I enjoyed The Drowning enough to see where it goes, it was certainly a decent read.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Wow! This is easily the best volume in the Rebirth imprint. Action, intrigue, plots and subplots, and outstanding artwork make this a complete must-read. And to think I was putting this one off because it was "just" Aquaman.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Dan Abnett's first run on Aquaman pre-Rebirth was solid, and laid some of the groundwork for this storyline also. Now free to do as he wants with the character, Abnett dives right into the politics of Atlantis, as well as the relationship between Arthur and Mera, plus some Black Manta stuff for good measure. Abnett really digs into these characters to find out what makes them tick and how they view the world around them, so when it all gets turned upside down around them, [Read as single issues]Dan Abnett's first run on Aquaman pre-Rebirth was solid, and laid some of the groundwork for this storyline also. Now free to do as he wants with the character, Abnett dives right into the politics of Atlantis, as well as the relationship between Arthur and Mera, plus some Black Manta stuff for good measure. Abnett really digs into these characters to find out what makes them tick and how they view the world around them, so when it all gets turned upside down around them, we're as shaken as they are. And this is just the beginning of what Abnett has planned, if more recent issues are any indication.The art is split between Brad Walker, Phil Brionnes, and Scot Eaton, who blend together nicely enough, though they have their own unique styles that are obvious from issue to issue.This is a little slow to get started, but now that Aquaman has shed his 'joke character' status, we can get away from worrying about that and really dig into the nitty-gritty with this Game Of Thrones In Atlantis level stuff.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I've read this story before. Recently, in fact. In essence, this story is very similar to Aquaman, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis, pitting Atlantis and surface world against each other with Aquaman supposedly in the middle, but really favoring the surface side enough that I can't fault those of his subject who reject his rule. And yet, I actually think this is the better implementation. Throne of Atlantis tried to vilify Atlanteans in general, and former king Orm in particular, for rea I feel like I've read this story before. Recently, in fact. In essence, this story is very similar to Aquaman, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis, pitting Atlantis and surface world against each other with Aquaman supposedly in the middle, but really favoring the surface side enough that I can't fault those of his subject who reject his rule. And yet, I actually think this is the better implementation. Throne of Atlantis tried to vilify Atlanteans in general, and former king Orm in particular, for reacting exactly the way that I would expect a sovereign nation that had lost property and probably lives in an unprovoked, unannounced attack. That one left me with a slightly icky feeling, because nobody in the book who was not expressly coded as evil showed one bit of concern for Atlantis. This time, both sides seem considerably more reasonable, though I sincerely doubt that the US would close the British embassy in DC if it had been the subject of a terrorist attack by an American citizen, but whatever. That aside, characters reacted roughly as I would expect them to react.The art, however, is not to my taste. The characters all look too angular for my taste, and it just didn't come together for me.
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    Why the low reviews? I liked this! Granted, it's my first Aquaman, so I knew nothing of him. I liked how he gave himself shit for being the 'fish guy'. Illustrations were good. Story was good. Ended with a cliffhanger, but that's fine because I plan on reading more.
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  • Scott S.
    January 1, 1970
    "A member of the Justice League . . . he is certainly a superhuman. But dry-landers do seem obsessed with the idea he talks to fish."I cracked opened Vol. 1 The Drowning with no real expectations (I'm just trying to read any and all DC Rebirth titles available at my library system), and a long-standing opinion that Aquaman deserves the 'other guy' status in the JL as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are the ones really out there saving the day. But Abnett & company do a commendable job wit "A member of the Justice League . . . he is certainly a superhuman. But dry-landers do seem obsessed with the idea he talks to fish."I cracked opened Vol. 1 The Drowning with no real expectations (I'm just trying to read any and all DC Rebirth titles available at my library system), and a long-standing opinion that Aquaman deserves the 'other guy' status in the JL as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are the ones really out there saving the day. But Abnett & company do a commendable job with this introductory volume. The jokes and misinformation about the character are acknowledged / explained, and then story briskly moves on in a more serious, topical manner (believe it or not) about international tensions, diplomacy problems, and terrorist factions between the undersea world and the continents. Maybe I'm making this sound too serious, but some of the real-world parallels were an asset.
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    This "Rebirth" Aquaman volume shows more tension between Atlantis and the surface world, which I guess will always be a recurring theme. Black Manta shows up and Aquaman has a chance to put at end to things, but instead it looks like Manta is going to be big trouble down the road. We also find out someone is attempting to spark a war between Atlantis and the United States, and whoever it is are land dwellers. Plus as a bonus, we get Superman Vs. Aquaman!\The art is okay but not as good as some o This "Rebirth" Aquaman volume shows more tension between Atlantis and the surface world, which I guess will always be a recurring theme. Black Manta shows up and Aquaman has a chance to put at end to things, but instead it looks like Manta is going to be big trouble down the road. We also find out someone is attempting to spark a war between Atlantis and the United States, and whoever it is are land dwellers. Plus as a bonus, we get Superman Vs. Aquaman!\The art is okay but not as good as some of the New 52 issues, particularly with Ivan Reis. The colors in the Aquaman comics are always the most interesting part because the underwater scenery in particular always makes for nice visuals.This volume is more of the start to a longer storyline rather than one we see reach a conclusion here, but at least it's a nice start. It didn't blow me away like the New 52 Aquaman series did at first, but it's still pretty good.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Although it references a lot from past events from the New 52 run, this latest Aquaman series reboot is actually pretty accessible and does a great job of orienting new readers. It presents Arthur Curry as constantly torn between juggling his life as a superhero and as the leader of a nation with shaky relations with the United States. And it threatens to blow up when his arch-enemy Black Manta decides to strike and Arthur has to answer for it. The story focuses on what really sets Aquaman apar Although it references a lot from past events from the New 52 run, this latest Aquaman series reboot is actually pretty accessible and does a great job of orienting new readers. It presents Arthur Curry as constantly torn between juggling his life as a superhero and as the leader of a nation with shaky relations with the United States. And it threatens to blow up when his arch-enemy Black Manta decides to strike and Arthur has to answer for it. The story focuses on what really sets Aquaman apart from the rest of the Justice League members, as his dueling loyalties sometimes comes into conflict with one another. And of course as usual, Mera is a badass.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This was just ok..nothing flashy nothing really bad. Aquaman is either loved or feared/hared. In this he attempts to bring the sea and land closer together. Unfortunately problems arise and political issues need to be solved. Its my first Aquaman Vol but maybe not the best introduction. If anyone knows of any better series please let me know as I think his story could be inetersting if done extremely well.
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  • Batastrophe
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read Aquaman anything before, so this was all entirely new to me. From that viewpoint, I thought this did a pretty good job of bringing in a new reader, but not necessarily talking down to me either. I liked that this was more of a political story rather than a superhero story (at least for the first few issues).The best part for me was the first issue, where we're taken through how the world--both on the surface and in Atlantis--view Aquaman. I liked how we didn't know who was speaki I've never read Aquaman anything before, so this was all entirely new to me. From that viewpoint, I thought this did a pretty good job of bringing in a new reader, but not necessarily talking down to me either. I liked that this was more of a political story rather than a superhero story (at least for the first few issues).The best part for me was the first issue, where we're taken through how the world--both on the surface and in Atlantis--view Aquaman. I liked how we didn't know who was speaking (the monologue boxes are devoid of color--a nice touch). I also liked that it didn't just take us through Aquaman's origins, because that would have been boring. I did find it kinda interesting how the writer took the way the character of Aquaman is viewed in mainstream pop culture (dorky orange T-shirt-wearing guy who talks to fish) and applied it to how the in-universe American culture views him. I did, however, think this was kinda a missed opportunity to update Aquaman, maybe have him reflect the new Jason Mamoa version a bit more, which honestly would be pretty cool, though I know it would piss off lots of fans, and kind of goes against the idea of Rebirth restoring heroes to how they've been before, so maybe its best they left him alone. The book began to fall a bit flat once the political storyline was abandoned in favor of an action one. I love action in comics--if I didn't, I would clearly be reading the wrong genre--but I do like for there to be good reasons for the action. I found the fighting in the second half of the book to be contrived and avoidable, and when superman showed up it really just felt like the old trope of having superheroes fight for the sake of it, which I really don't like. I also really, really wanted to like Mera, and I did at first, but I found myself incredibly annoyed with her in the second half. I appreciate a headstrong female character, but there's a difference between that and stupidity for the sake of plot. Also, I just feel like this political and military escalation didn't seem very realistic? I don't know much about that sort of thing, but I had a hard time buying that the US government is that ignorant about Atlanteans and also the conflict of interest between Aquaman being in the Justice League and fighting for America and also the ruler of an independent nation kinda weird. It's something I could buy if they sold me one it, but they didn't sell me on it. Overall, this kept my attention and I liked it for the most part, so I'll stick around for the second volume and see how it goes.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhhhh, Arthur...I'm not really up on the whole "Rebirth" phenomenon, but this volume was familiar territory for me post-New 52 with Aquaman and Mera solidly an item, his tenure on the Throne of Atlantis (as always) tenuous, and Black Manta as devoted as ever to ruining poor Arthur's day.I was a huge fan of Ivan Reis's art on the Geoff Johns run, but the crisp, action-packed style employed by the team on this book was of a very high standard, as well.And, as always, the REAL series MVP is Arthur Ohhhhh, Arthur...I'm not really up on the whole "Rebirth" phenomenon, but this volume was familiar territory for me post-New 52 with Aquaman and Mera solidly an item, his tenure on the Throne of Atlantis (as always) tenuous, and Black Manta as devoted as ever to ruining poor Arthur's day.I was a huge fan of Ivan Reis's art on the Geoff Johns run, but the crisp, action-packed style employed by the team on this book was of a very high standard, as well.And, as always, the REAL series MVP is Arthur's fiancee, who strikes the right balance between sass and SMASH!
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  • David Church
    January 1, 1970
    I have always had a soft spot for Aquaman – the misunderstood hero – the constant lame jokes (thanks superfriends) the misunderstood powers. These elements has made him more interesting to me. I really dug the first rebirth volume 1 – thought it was interesting mixing the political aspect of Arthur being King & his relationship to other countries especially the United States. It was political but done where it wasn’t too political if that makes sense. Enjoyed the focus on Arthur and Mera’s I have always had a soft spot for Aquaman – the misunderstood hero – the constant lame jokes (thanks superfriends) the misunderstood powers. These elements has made him more interesting to me. I really dug the first rebirth volume 1 – thought it was interesting mixing the political aspect of Arthur being King & his relationship to other countries especially the United States. It was political but done where it wasn’t too political if that makes sense. Enjoyed the focus on Arthur and Mera’s relationship well spun. And the Superman confrontation while feeling forced for a obligatory fight another hero I enjoyed it as well. 4 ½ stars. I thought the artwork was very colorful and vibrant ;)
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    5 🌟Liked seeing Aquaman and Mera. Hope Atlantis and the surface world make peace. Also hope that they will be able to stop the Deluge. Black Manta seems to be interesting. Would be fun to live in Atlantis. Can't wait to read Aquaman, vol. 2: Black Manta Rising!!!!
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  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    January 1, 1970
    Iv'e developed this weird love for Aquaman and Mera lately and this just made me so freaking happy.
  • Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Ironically I found this volume to be somewhat dry since its main focus was on the diplomatic strain between Atlantis and the surface land, namely the United States. The political drama failed to be compelling for me, but each issue still remained interesting enough to hold my attention.I do think this is a good introduction to Aquaman comics, I wasn't confused by anything happening or the characters' relations to each other, even though I have never read anything involving them previously. Howev Ironically I found this volume to be somewhat dry since its main focus was on the diplomatic strain between Atlantis and the surface land, namely the United States. The political drama failed to be compelling for me, but each issue still remained interesting enough to hold my attention.I do think this is a good introduction to Aquaman comics, I wasn't confused by anything happening or the characters' relations to each other, even though I have never read anything involving them previously. However, I found Mera's characterization to be fairly lacking, her motivations seemed entirely dependent on her feelings for Arthur and what he wanted, and I'm hoping that's just due to their current situation and different comics divulge more into her character.I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading more of the series but due to this trade ending on an unresolved note, I'll probably end up reading the next one at some point.
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  • Bryen
    January 1, 1970
    I admit, I'm not a huge fan of Aquaman. This volume started out a little slow for me, but wow the second half was so much better! I'm actually looking forward to the next volume! I absolutely loved the fight with Superman! This title has promise!
  • Jesse Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favorite story. But has potential to get better in the coming volumes!
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first straight forward Aquaman comic I've read. The artwork isn't bad. The fact that Mera says my love quite a bit is rather annoying.However,This issue has several great things about it.1. Mera - she decks Superman (and the reaction to this action is so wonderful). She is also kick ass. 2. The look at how people see Aquaman - how despite being part of the Justice League, he is still a bit outside of the league. He isn't part of the Trinity or part of the second Trinity, he's differe This is the first straight forward Aquaman comic I've read. The artwork isn't bad. The fact that Mera says my love quite a bit is rather annoying.However,This issue has several great things about it.1. Mera - she decks Superman (and the reaction to this action is so wonderful). She is also kick ass. 2. The look at how people see Aquaman - how despite being part of the Justice League, he is still a bit outside of the league. He isn't part of the Trinity or part of the second Trinity, he's different. 3. Because he is different and, to some people, doesn't belong above or below, he struggles to bring together his two worlds. Yet, in many ways, he seems the most healthy mentally of male superheroes (and many superheroes in general). In part, this could be because he has a stable relationship. But if this book is any indication, it seems more that he has reconciled who he is and what he has done.4. This book handles the hero killing someone quite well. And it ties back to point 3.5. The responsibility of being a leader of a nation is examined here. Not just with Aquaman's actions but those of the other characters. It's actually a good look at what the right decision is, or if there is even a right one.6. The amount of women in power in this book rocks!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and more on my blog.I received a free copy of Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.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 Read this review and more on my blog.I received a free copy of Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.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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