Aquaman Rebirth #1 review

Aquaman: Rebirth takes ocean king out of his regular lanes

Despite what most New 52 haters would have you believe, there was actually some good to come out of the DC relaunch. Written by Geoff Johns and art by Ivan Reis (and later Paul Pelletier), Aquaman was one of the reliable good New 52 reads until Johns departed. At that point Aquaman got the creative team musical chairs treatment. DC hopes to get the king of the sea back on the throne with Aquaman: Rebirth #1.

Writer Dan Abnett and artists Scott Eaton and Oscar Jimenez’s kickoff to the Rebirth era Aquaman starts off promising. There’s certainly reason to be optimistic that DC has finally found the ideal fit for one of the Justice League’s founding fathers.


A mysterious narrator, who won’t be a big surprise to longtime fans, reflects on Aquaman’s history and place in the world. As a member of the Justice League, the king of Atlantis and the Rodney Dangerfield of the superhero set, Aquaman occupies a very distinct place in the DC Universe.

Abnett considers the various portrayals of Aquaman from king, social outcast, superhero, terrorist, sex symbol and butt of the jokes. Picking up plot themes introduced from Johns’ run is smart, but in Aquaman: Rebirth, Abnett also explores new threats. Aquaman has to tangle with an Atlantean terrorist cell’s potential impact on the surface world as well as setting aside time for a quiet dinner with his fiance Mera.

I’m still a little confused about DC’s strategy regarding Rebirth art duties. in not having the regular artists at least contribute half of some of the Rebirth re-introduction issues. Eaton and Jimenez’s work easily make the case for handling the artwork for the twice a month title. Instead, Brad Walker, Jesus Merino and Phil Briones will be the regular artists. In Jimenez’s case in particular, it seems like DC had the best artist for the title just handling fill-in duties.

Regardless of who’s handling artistic responsibilities Aquaman appears to be on the right course in Abnett’s hands. Under his guidance, Aquaman could be the most engaging it’s been in years.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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