When I say Aquaman, what’s the first thing you think of? That silly bloke who talks to fishes? The uncool one from the Justice League? Let me tell you that you’re wrong. DC has been hard at work for the last 5 years trying to make Aquaman relevant and with the launch of Aquaman Rebirth #1, writer Dan Abnett has ensured this trend continues.
Paralleling the current political environment, Aquaman Rebirth #1 shows a world of terrorism and fear. The public don’t trust world leaders and everyone is eager to blame a certain type of people for anything wrong that happens. Arthur Curry is a world leader on the receiving end of public outrage. While he is trying to keep the peace, he comes to realise sometimes peace means making sacrifices.
While the public just think of all the superficial facts about Aquaman, he’s there quietly defending the land from creatures in the depths of the ocean as well as protecting his own home from the violent land dwellers.
You truly get to see both sides of Arthur’s story and it gives a perspective that people may not think of straight away. When the story unfolds, readers will also see a side to Aquaman they can take seriously.
Aquaman Rebirth #1 Conclusion
It’s easy to poke fun at the King of Atlantis. He’s a merman who can “talk” to marine life and uses seahorses as actual horses. Over the course of 20 pages, Abnett proves the Aquaman can be taken seriously. Annoyingly existing perceptions causes 3/4 pages of story to be taken. However, annother parrallel to the real world comes in to view. How many times have real world leaders had to justify themselves rather than solve issues?
Although the characters may be fantastical, mirroring real world issues we face daily is exactly why comic books exist. This commentary is relatable and enjoyable at the same time and works on many levels.
- Aquaman taken seriously
- Addresses preconceptions
- Great, relatable story
- Preconceptions over story