Aquaman New 52
Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
N. Of Issues
September 2, 2011
Please leave all preconceived notions about the King of Atlantis at the door…and sit down…and be ready for the time of your life! Now, just so you know, this isn’t your grandpas Aquaman – or the character that people make fun of in Entourage – this is the Aquaman we have been waiting for!
The team of writers Geoff Johns, and artist Ivan Reis & Joe Prado, where clearly handpicked to put this masterpiece together.
Geoff Johns cements himself as one of the ‘great-comic-book-writers’ with the New52 retelling of the Arthur Curry origin, and the conflicts he deals with over this 25 issue run. This rendition of AC is rough round the edges and just carries a generally gritty tone to him; not forgetting an atlantinan sized chip on his shoulder, and that’s without having a hook for a hand – whose idea was that anyway?
The Underwater world of Atlantic has never looked so breath-taking too (see what I did there?). Reis & Prado do an amazing job at exploring the unseen world that lives below us, while catching different tones, as Arthur moves around the world. When a nice light-hearted tone is needed; its represented. But when we travel to the deepest depts of the ocean…it feels like something out of a horror movie!
One thing I love about this run, is it starts with Aquaman that everyone already knows, but takes us back and shows us how he got to this place and why he stands for what he does. It shows you the path of a lost boy not fitting in – to a vengeance filled murderer – all the way back to a king trying to write the wrongs of kings before him.
There is so many layers of depth to this new incarnation of the character that it just compels you to keep turning, or swiping page to page, and that what you want in a comic book. Outside of the title character there is a long list of characters that also play a major role like: AC’s half-brother Orm (Oceanmaster), his love interest Mera, his arch nemesis Black Manta and his team the Others – who all make Aquaman the man he is today by challenging him in different ways.
It’s insane to believe that Johns could keep up this pace of issue after issue of Atlantic gold, but he does! All issues build up to a climactic finish – that you have to read for yourself. The only bummer is that I can’t recommend reading passed when there is a change in the creative team.
If your are a die-hard Aquaman fan…you need this in your collection and if you hate Aquaman…you need this to change you whole perception on the half human half Atlantean king. This series is for everyone; pick it up now!
Reviewed by Joe
- Amazing creative team
- Re-imagining takes Aquaman to a new level
- Great story ark
- It ends