Written by Geoff Johns, Art & Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!
Bias: I’ve always liked the idea behind Aquaman more than the execution. Having said that, this creative team might be just what the doctor ordered – a team that can make the execution as good as the concept.
What I liked: I really liked this issue. I mean, I really liked it. When Geoff Johns said he wasn’t going to flinch away from the mockery usually attributed to Aquaman outside his own title, he wasn’t kidding – and it felt…right. The story was funny, and Aquaman proved himself to the reader. The artwork was absolutely stunning, as well.
What I disliked: Without giving away too much, I felt his decision toward the end of the comic felt odd in light of the events that happened throughout the issue leading up to it. I mean, I liked where the decision would lead the story in future issues, but it didn’t feel natural, given events.
Verdict: I’m collecting this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.