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Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench (The New 52) Hardcover – September 11, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Aquaman (New 52) Series

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“Has breathed new life into [Aquaman]…. The series is off to an excellent start with plenty of mystery and action ahead. Anyone that ever hesitated to read a story about ‘the guy who talks to fish,’ should have no second thoughts about picking up Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench.”—Philadelphia Examiner

"Every page drips with humor and all of it is aimed at Aquaman and his considerable character heritage, be it the orange shirt, the power to talk to fish or the second-string super-hero status."—Los Angeles Times Hero Complex

"Fresh."—Entertainment Weekly

 "Actually, this might be [Geoff Johns's] most impressive feat to date. Genius."—USA Today
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Product Details

  • Series: Aquaman (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1st edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Curry, AKA Aquaman, might be one the most underrated and unappreciated characters in comicdom. Or at least, he's up there. He's a character who's been around since 1941 and has felt like a B-tier character hanging out with A-tier characters in his 70+ years in comics. He wasn't always like that though. His solo series has (in my opinion) been pretty good through his comic life-span. His Silver-Age comics are pretty good (the showcase collection), the Peter David reboot Aquaman: Time and Tide lead to the serious pirate Aquaman that got a small following in Justice League and Unlimited cartoon series, Rick Veitch's slow but beautifully drawn Aquaman: The Waterbearer, Kurt Busiek's surprisingly good take with an Aquaman ringer in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, Vol. 1: Once and Future, and even the mid to late 70's collection Aquaman: Death of the Prince. By himself, Arthur is a reasonably established character.

But then the Super Friends television show happened in 1973 and well...the stigma of Aquaman began. Since then everyone has made a joke on Arthur's behalf, in all forms of media. He's been portrayed as various things over the year like cannon fodder for the Justice League, as well as simply being the guy that can swim fast and talk to fish thanks to Super Friends.
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If you haven't been reading AQUAMAN, well, I can't blame you. Aquaman is a charter member of the Justice League and once was monarch of an undersea kingdom. He has super-strength and a form of telepathy. He's also perhaps the most maligned superhero this side of Arm Fall Off Boy. But I've always had Aquaman's back. And when DC's New 52 initiative rolled around, there I was at my comic book store swiping Aquaman's new series off the shelves. I even paid and everything.

Aquaman can swim fast and breathe water. He can talk to fish, and it's when you bring that up that people inevitably make that snorting noise. Once upon a time, Aquaman couldn't survive on land without contact with water every hour. During the SUPERFRIENDS cartoon in the '70s and '80s, it was Aquaman, more often than not, who was assigned monitor duty at the Hall of Justice while even Wonder Woman deployed to the field. Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, is the Rodney Dangerfield of the cape and cowl community. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis aim to change that, aim to reimagine him as a badasss hombre.

Somewhere in this volume, in the aftermath of a harrowing incursion from marauding creatures of the depths, a cop dismisses Arthur Curry: "We've got this under control, Aquaman. I'm sure your intentions are good, but..."

Seriously, can you imagine some cop giving Batman the business?

AQUAMAN Vol. 1: THE TRENCH collects #1-6 of the reshuffled series and hopefully convinces even the most naysaying detractor that it's one of the best comics DC has currently got going. This IS the catch of the day. Six issues in, Geoff Johns is already delivering one of the best interpretations of the King of the Seven Seas.
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Before NEW 52 Aquaman wasn't very popular.
Series like ,,The Big Bang Theory" made fun of him and when one of my friends heard that I read Aquaman, he was shocked :D
But it was a good decision!!!

The Artwork: AMAZING!!! There is no NEW 52 title with a better Artwork than Aquaman! The colours, the drawings...believe me...it is perfect ;)

The Story: Aquaman's first Storyline (Arc) goes from issue 1-6. The ,,main" Story about the trench goes from issue 1 to 4, but issue 5 and 6 belong to the story too...more or less (issue 6 less ;D) . But they are also (very -> issue 6) good. Issue 5 is basically a little result of issue 1-4 and issue 6 gives us some insights to Mera.

This Arc is very very good, but not perfect. More than 4 stars, but not 5 stars :S
If i could, i would give 4 1/2 stars, because I didn't like Issue 5 very much. It was ok, but a bit strange ^^

I think, the next two arc will be very good, too. Maybe anymore better than this arc, what is almost impossible :P

Maybe my English wasn't very good, cause English is not my native language. But i hope it was ok :P
Thanks for reading my first review in English ;)
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I just recently read the graphic novel that collects issues 1-6 of the New 52 Aquaman. Everyone mocks him for "only being able to talk to fish and not being able to walk on land". One of the good things about this good starting point for new readers is the humor. It pokes fun at how he's everyone's least favorite superhero, mainly because they underestimate his abilities. It also explains his origin and his powers to people that only joke about his shortcomings. The plot kept me turning the pages and reading in one sitting and contains a good cliffhanger for the next story arc (in volume 2). Can Aquaman and Merra live a life on the surface while conquering their inner demons? Is Merra and her love for Arthur really what they seem? And what is the truth about Atlantis? The art is some of the best in the New 52 and it's written by Michigan native and comic book veteran, Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Blackest Night).
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