I happen to really dig Aquaman. Peter David’s unprecedented run on the title in the early ’90s won me over due to the sheer originality and complexity of character, and I’ve followed the character ever since. Of course, as he does with everything he touches, Geoff Johns returned Aquaman to his classic greatness while keeping him just as interesting over a decade later.
Since I found myself in the comic book shop anyway, I figured I’d pick up Aquaman: Rebirth #1 to see what new approach DC and Dan Abnett would take with our favorite Sea King.
Unfortunately, of all the Rebirth titles I’ve read so far, Aquaman struck me as the least innovative, revolutionary, or even interesting. That’s not to say Abnett wrote poorly – he didn’t. The dialogue flows well and is consistent with the characters. The art is fine as well. Both script and art progress the story resulting in a crisp, pleasurable read.
My issue with the, well, issue is that I didn’t notice anything new of consequence added to the character or mythology. This installment seemed purely intended to catch up someone who has never read Aquaman before. We’ve sailed these waters before.
So while the writing and art is well executed, the story itself offers nothing new and, consequently, makes this issue irrelevant.