Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Aquaman’

Aquaman — a forgotten, ridiculed comic book character who is fighting for renewed interest. Aquaman is quite a superhero, being the king of Atlantis and also a founding member of the Justice League of America.

In the New 52 relaunch, Aquaman (also known as Arthur Curry) is struggling with his reputation as he abdicates the Atlantean throne and returns to full-time heroics. He is considered a lesser metahuman (half-human) than the rest of the superheroes, but has the abilities of underwater breathing, submarine speed and superhuman strength. The fact he can’t spend a lot of time out of water could be a factor of perceived lesser power.

Now, one alien in particular, Manta, is out to destroy Aquaman.

He is having a rough time.

As the fight between Aquaman and Manta begins, his friends try to save the day. But there is always disaster ahead when a villain says he will destroy “everything he loves and everything he thinks he is. I’ll drown him in misery.” Vostok-X is killed as he tries to protect Aquaman from Manta’s stolen scepter. Another group member bites the dust, as Manta’s goal is to kill the team members one by one until he gets to Aquaman.

There are webs of deception, revenge, death and a marital squabble between Aquaman and Mera.

I will say that I have only been exposed to Aquaman in skits and “Robot Chicken.” That was the main reason for me picking up this title — the cool-as-heck cover showing a well-known Aquaman skit. The TV show launched a special DC Comics special at the beginning of the month.

After reading this issue, though, I realized that Aquaman’s story is much more detailed and deep, and writer Geoff Johns has really taken the character to a new level.

So, pick up “Aquaman” and watch Robot Chicken. Geek out every way possible this week. (It also was National Comic Book Day yesterday!)

Comic Book Wednesday showcases a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

About Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie
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