Aquaman Vol.1: The Drowning | DC Comics | January 17th, 2017
Written by Dan Abnett | Art by Philippe Briones, Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker, and Scot Eaton
Wait, wait, wait…you’re telling me that Aquaman doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves from the dry-landers that he protects or from those that are reading his comics? As much as I would like to say that the previous question is invalid, you and I both know that Aquaman doesn’t get the respect he deserves, and he most certainly isn’t a valued member of the Justice League. And while this is an unfortunate, the tension caused from such disrespect makes for a great story.
Aquaman Vol.1: The Drowning collects Aquaman: Rebirth #1 as well as Aquaman issues 1-7. In this collection, the Atlantean King attempts to close the ever-widening gap between his people and those living on the land above them. When things don’t go as smoothly as he would have liked, Aquaman is put into an impossible situation and must make a choice: continue to build the metaphorical bridge, or let it crumble into the sea.
Overall, Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning is a solid read, and for those readers that have failed to give Aquaman the chance that he deserves, this is a must-read. If, after reading this collection you still don’t like Aquaman, chances are that you never will. But, I find it very hard to believe that even non-Aquaman fans won’t find enjoyment in this collection.
My only complaint with the volume is that towards the end, I completely lose interest in the sub-plot that is taking place behind the scenes. This happens because the main story is quite intense, and I feel as though what’s happening with Black Manta may in fact be important, it just isn’t all that interesting when being compared to what’s happening with Aquaman, the people of Atlantis, and the American Government. Regardless, Aquaman Vol.1: The Drowning is well-written and well-illustrated, and I recommend you read it.
The Bottom Line:
While I cannot say for sure that long-time Aquaman fans will be all that impressed with the Rebirth Aquaman, I can say that new readers certainly will. The emphasis placed on Aquaman’s long-time lack of respect from dry-landers (you and me included), adds real depth to the story and raises the stakes when it comes time for Aquaman to act. The volume ends with a bit of a cliffhanger that has me looking forward to Vol. 2. At some point the sub-plot becomes dull, but for the most part this is a solid story and is definitely worth reading.
Thanks to DC Comics, I was fortunate enough to have been able to read/review this prior to its release. Buy a copy of this awesome graphic novel by clicking here: Aquaman Vol.1: The Drowning
Score: 8 out of 10