By: Miguel Acedo
Although Aquaman has endured for 70 years now, Pop Culture has mockingly retained preconceived notions as to who Aquaman is and what the extents of his abilities are for a great deal of his existence. Amusingly, writer Geoff Johns doesn’t shy from answering why Aquaman deserves to be part of the New 52. In fact, he laces his first issue with humor thus running with people’s perceptions in this highly accessible entry point for new and old readers alike.
Through Johns, Aquaman sets the record straight. He doesn’t need a glass of water after he busts bad guys and he certainly doesn’t talk to fish. Johns presents Aquaman with the bitter question: How does it feel to be nobody’s favorite super-hero?
With such a poignant question, Johns builds empathy for Aquaman and seems poised to present a very human tale of responsibility. He sets up Aquaman as a man caught between the freedom living on land could represent and the burden of his responsibility as ruler of the underwater kingdom of the fabled Atlantis.
The absorbing premise and juxtaposition is enough to make any reader question why Aquaman, a revered ruler, would be willing to renounce his crown to start a new life with Mera, his wife, on land even though he is seen as little more than a laughingstock. Johns is sure to deliver a satisfying and introspective answer as the series continues.
This tale has the feeling of an epic-in-the-making thanks to Ivan Reis’ artwork. His pages pound with a true sense of scope and power. His ability to capture Aquaman as a regal yet show his fragile humility deserves merit.
Johns and Reis are set to give Aquaman the royal treatment in this new character-driven and deconstructionist series.