Friday, November 9, 2012
Comic Review: Aquaman: The Trench
Geoff Johns did a fine job of re-launching Green Lantern several years ago. It seems like it’s gone a bit off the reservation with all the multi-colored rings and Sinestro being a Green. But, when he started, it was pretty darned good. And now he’s turned his pen to one of DC’s more…well, let’s say less cool characters. Good old Aquaman. The butt of so many jokes.
I love that right out of the gate, Johns acknowledges his history as a B-list hero. He shows up to save the day only to find local towns people scoff, and go on about talking to the fishes. But in spite of all the jibes and hassle, he’s decided that he and his wife are going to live on the coast, and they’re going to serve as protectors.
The first thing they face off against are some of Roger Corman’s Humanoids from the Deep (or going back a bit more, Lovecraft’s Deep Ones). And this sparks a mystery that looks like it’s going to be a major upcoming story. How did Atlantis sink, why, and who was behind it?
This book is a lot of fun. And it’s really nice to see a married couple who seem to have a strong bond. The art isn’t bad and a lot of the design is good. I love the look of the fish men. The humor is balanced with the action and the horror. And it seems like this could be a really interesting addition to the DC universe. A weird one, but an interesting one.
Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench
Author: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis
Publisher: DC Comics