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Aquaman #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 28, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 34
8.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths!Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 28, 2011

    I've read all 52 of the "New 52" and Aquaman is my favorite. Is it because I've always been an Aquaman fan and I've been waiting for a series to do the character justice? Yes. Aside from my incredibly biased opinion of the character, is this a good book? Hell yes. It's about time someone revamped this character, and there's no one else better at DC than Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. The character's personality has been redesigned, and his powers explained, so this is a great jumping on point. I love the new villains and the art, but the whole Aquaman disproving why he sucks bit got a tad redundant. I highly recommend this book. I Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Mike McLarty Oct 2, 2011

    While Johns is certainly not the first creator to make a good Aquaman book (Peter David, Will Pfeifer), he's certainly the highest profile writer to throw his hat in the ring, endeavoring to make Aquaman an A-List character. This has all the makings of a juggernaut, and for that reason, Aquaman #1 earns a very rare 5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Nov 22, 2011

    Don’t mess with Aquaman! It’s basically what this new monthly series is trying to sell you and I’m here to tell you… I’m buying it! Over the years Aquaman has always been the less popular super hero, It’s even mentioned in the storyline in a hilarious seaside diner scene. I was never a fan. I don’t know if it was the costume, the fact that he could control the sea life or he was just a copy of Namor from Marvel Comics. Who knows? None of that matters now because this issue is fantastic! Written by Geoff Johns (Green Lantern) and drawn by Ivan Reis (Green Lantern). Like Johns did for Green Lantern, I predict an awesome new direction for Aquaman. This one surprised the hell out of me. What are you waiting for? Pick up this title. From DC Comics. The New 52. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Sep 28, 2011

    In short, Im in awe at how good this comic is, and will be adding it to my pull list without hesitation. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 29, 2011

    Hopefully, this team will hang around for a good long run. It's off to a great start! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 29, 2011

    There really isn't anything I can say in a short summary that I haven't already said in the main review. So here's the short of it, the piece of information I hope everyone takes: Aquaman IS awesome, Aquaman IS cool, and this new series should quickly put to rest those misconceptions everyone has. I'm not guaranteeing everyone will like or love this book, but give it chance. It will at least change how you view the King of the Seas, Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Alfonso Arana Sep 29, 2011

    So you did it, Johns. With one swift, incredible issue, you have managed to turn me into an Aquaman believer. Through some comedic moments, pretty intense action, and raw drama, you have hooked me into the world of Aquaman. If Johns continues at the rate this issue went, I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up being one of the best releases from The New 52. For all of you Aquaman fans-- rejoice! This issue will not disappoint you! And as for any Aquaman doubters out there, I say pick this issue up without hesitation. You won't regret it. Hell, Geoff Johns might just make a believer out of you too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Waylon Wernette Sep 30, 2011

    Overall Aquaman's new series has a lot of promise and I can't wait to read issue #2. I have faith in Geoff Johns to reestablish Aquaman as a big part of the DC Universe, much like he did with Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Sep 28, 2011

    So if there's one thing you should take away from this review, it's this: pick up Aquaman #1, whether you're a longtime fan of the character or someone who, like myself, made fun of him for years. I can tell you this: the years of ridicule are over for me. If someone makes fun of Aquaman in my presence I will quickly tell them how wrong they are and toss this book in their general direction. Aquaman #1 is a great introduction to the character with breathtaking art that should make Aqua-lovers out of all of us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Oct 20, 2011

    On just about every level, Aquaman #1 is a huge success. While my curiousity had been piqued, I did not expect going in that this would be DCs best new release of the week, but it was. Im now an Aquaman fan, thanks to this issue. And Im sure I wont be the only one. I think my friend Sergio is about to have lots of company. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 28, 2011

    Ivan Reis’ art is top notch, of course. I absolutely loved his vision for the humanoid sea creatures and the story being light on action gives Reis a chance to really flesh out how Aquaman should look in this new light. The last Aquaman series started strong and turned to crap. Let’s hope this time the man from the sea gets the respect he deserves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 29, 2011

    This series gives us a chance to take a good long look at Aquaman on his own terms, and he makes a pretty impressive figure. While the action of the plot leaves much to be desired, we get some very strong personal scenes that do much for building his character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 29, 2011

    The real strength of Johns' story isn't how he worked to portray Aquaman as cool or badass. It isn't the creepiness of the Trench. It's the simple and down-to-earth story about a man's effort to be who he wants to be instead of what others want him to be Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 30, 2011

    Great first issue that makes me excited to see what is next since you know The Trench are bound bring Aquaman back to Atlantis. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Sep 29, 2011

    So on the one hand the art is terrific and really sells the character as he has never looked this good in a while. But on the flip side Johns' hasn't offered anything new for him to do, even people unaware of the character could guess the outcomes of some of the plots that have been set up here. However with the added metatexual commentary comes a sort of charm, which could sustain readers for a few issues (even if it isn't intentional). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 30, 2011

    But if anything works in Johns' script, it's in large part to Ivan Reis, who has transformed into one of the premiere artists in the industry over the past few years. Teamed with Joe Prado on inks, his lines are feathery, his shadows are soft, but they combine to make some beautiful imagery. Reis knows how to craft a powerful splash page, but he crafts talking heads with as equal interest and care, and the dexterity in his facial expressions have reached new levels here as Aquaman reacts with many different levels of frustration throughout. As with Green Lantern #1 and Doug Mahnke, here Johns is teamed with an artist who is able to overcome a middling script and make a book that's worth coming back to. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 9, 2011

    To sum up Aquaman so far an enjoyable read and worth a shot. My only worry... what will happen if Johns drops from this one like he did on The Flash. Grab a copy on enjoy or let the hazing begin because well it's Aquman. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Oct 2, 2011

    The banal Aquaman humor actually makes sense when Johns introduces the guy in the book, as he has the guy stand in front of an speeding armor car, driven by some gun-toting bad guys. What good is this orange guy with a trident? Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 2, 2011

    Aquaman #1 did everything a first issue should not do. The first task of this debut issue should have been to draw new readers into Aquamans character and his world. Johns did nothing of that sort. Instead, Johns wasted the whole issue having Aquaman act as a conduit for Johns' own voice. Unlike all other forms of entertainment that work on a budget, comic books have no budget that might constrain the author's approach to the story. The only budget that comic books have is the creative energy of its writer. Unfortunately, Johns treated this issue like it had a very small budget. Read Full Review

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