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4.0 out of 5 stars "Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench" Graphic Novel Review, September 12, 2012
This review is from: Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench (The New 52) (Hardcover)
Many think of Aquaman the same way the guys on "The Big Bang Theory" do. When they decide to go to a Halloween party dressed as the Justice League, nobody wants to be stuck being Aquaman. Let's face it. He isn't exactly thought of as being on the same level as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.

I would venture to say that many would put him below even the Wonder Twins as far as powers and importance to the everyday functions of the Super Friends are concerned. That's all going to end after readers soak up Geoff Johns' graphic novel collection "Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench."

Aquaman and his wife Mera live in a lighthouse on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. They are considered minor heroes whose skills and powers can only be used if there's an emergency in the water. The two try to prove to the local law enforcement and townspeople they can help with problems and crimes on land as well.

This collection is comprised of one major arc and the introduction to the next storyline. When a terror comes from the depths of the ocean and begins attacking humans, the authorities and private citizens have no one else to turn to but Aquaman and Mera. Then the aquatic super hero comes face to face with warriors from an ancient civilization long thought lost. Mera loses control while taking a trip to the grocery store when she's provoked.

Writer Geoff Johns' talent as a writer truly shines through in this graphic novel. It's no secret by now that Johns loves retooling and breathing new life into classic heroes. No member of the Justice League needed an overhaul more than Aquaman. He confronts everyone's criticisms and cynicisms towards the seaworthy crime fighter head on. Johns proves Aquaman's skills can be useful on land as well as in the sea. He does a fantastic job making the super hero relevant, respectable, and self-aware.

Artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado lend their penciling talents to "Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench." Their styles are realistic and clean. The creatures from the Trench they draw are adequately frightening and resemble the Creature from the Black Lagoon if he / she cross-bred with the "Alien" Queen. The full-page spreads are suitable for framing in a fan's house or office.

There are also a few pages of character sketches included at the end of the book. We get penciled concepts for Aquaman, Mera, and the Trench creature conceived by Ivan Reis. Notes are found commenting on the black and white illustrations.

I found "Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench" an entertaining read which appears to be heading in an exciting direction. The end of the graphic novel leaves you craving more with unanswered questions and unresolved issues. I can tell from this collection that Aquaman is one of the keepers among DC Comics' New 52 titles.
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