Aquaman Rebirth Vol. 1 & 2 Review
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Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker
Synopsis: Born to both the surface and the sea, Arthur Curry walks in two worlds but can find a home in neither. The King of Atlantis looks to reconcile his split heritage as he embarks on a new mission that may finally make him choose between his two paths.
Aquaman has been known for years as the guy who talks to fish and is the butt of jokes on Family Guy. With the upcoming solo film and his role in Justice League, DC needed to rehabilitate the character and let people know that Aquaman is so much more than that. Jason Momoa will portray his own version of Aquaman, but Rebirth has really reinvigorated the character and gave him purpose, power, authority and a will that truly makes him the King of Atlantis.
Aquaman is not to be messed With
These first two volumes setup the leadership of Aquman and show that he is a true hero and every bit the equal to his Justice League counterparts. After fighting Black Manta, Atlantis and the United States soon fine themselves in a war, that is being orchestrated by a devious third party name N.E.M.O. Once the war start Aquaman realizes that he must qwell this tension and finally achieve his goal of making Atlantis and America allies since he is of both cultures. Meanwhile Mera is trying to prove herself to the elders of Atlantis that she is a worthy of being Author’s wife all while trying to support his mission of bringing the two civilizations together. Eventually we find out that Black Manta resurfaced as the “Fisher King” of N.E.M.O and the two have a final battle, and Aquaman can clear his name and the name of Atlantis and the US and Atlantis finally work on their relationship.
During the war between Atlantis and America, the President calls in Superman to stop Aquaman. This is the point in the story where we find out that Aquaman is not just the guy who talks to fish, he can go toe to toe with Superman for a while. Aquaman was able to take blows from Superman and hurt Superman which changes the common misconception about his power levels and abilities. There is also a scene where Mera and Aquaman take on an the American Army and beat them alone.
We also see how much of a hero Author is with his determination to make things right with America, even when American does not trust him and is at war and his own people are against this reconciliation. Author saves his hometown from a unstoppable Sea Monster set loose by N.E.M.O and almost dies in the process. There is not a whole lot of next level meaning in this book, but it accomplishes its goal of making you care about Aquaman and the city of Atlantis.