Aquaman #1 Review
• Robson Rocha, Sonny Cho, Daniel Henriques (Cover Artists)
• DC Comics (Publisher) • Get it now: Amazon
Aquaman #1 is the first Aquaman comic that I have ever purchased. Admittedly the purchase was made partially because the movie was released the same week. I was curious about what Arthur Curry was getting up to in the comics. It's also worth mentioning that my main comic shop was sold out of this issue and my back-up shop was almost out as well. Apparently, this issue is a big deal.
In this issue, Arausio/Andy/Arthur/Aquaman has lost his memory and has taken up residence in "The Village of Unspoken Water". The village is having a tough time and living off of potatoes because all of the fish pulled from the waters are rotten.
There is a mystery laid out in regards to why the village is having such a hard time. In the end, Aquaman is given a mission and to take one of the village residents back to her mother and possibly calm the seas.
Of the 2 other #1's I've reviewed recently (Martian Manhunter, Shazam) Aquaman was the most entertaining and intriguing. The downside of the issue is that we're dealing with another case of our hero having amnesia. This is also similar to the basis of the Nightwing relaunch as well as Hawkman. It doesn't hurt this issue in a vacuum but is strange when the publisher begins using the same trope over and over again.
The art from Robson Rocha and Sunny Cho is amazing. All of the characters have distinct appearances and the landscapes for the village are beautiful. I can easily see this simple story turning into something epic. Kelly Sue DeConnick knocks this one out of the park and I'm excited to see where this story goes from here. The entire team should be commended for such an excellent start.