Review; Aquaman: Rebirth #1
Review by Paul Fiander
Writer Dan Abnett
Art Pencils; Scott Eaton and Oscar Jimenez
Art Inks; Mark Morales and Oscar Jimanez
Colour; Gabe Eltab
Letters Pat Brosseau
Cover; Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy and Gabe Eltab
Published by DC Comics
When we spoke to Dan Abnett (@VincentAbnett) on Podcast 77 he was genuinely excited about his work on Aquaman. This may have had something to do with the upcoming film and thus increased exposure of the character but mostly I feel it was due to the fact he would be able to put his stamp on an often misunderstood and underappreciated Superhero. Aquaman is the butt of more than a few jokes, some funny and some a bit too repetitive (looking at you The Big Bang Theory). Created well though he is a character whose job is to keep a balance between the forces of the sea and the land.
At this point I will admit I used to think of Aquaman in some of the terms that lead to his dismissal from the talking to fish to where does he pee and while Abnett does not go into every part of Aquaman’s life (thankfully) he does spend this issue letting you know who and what Arthur Curry really is. The story is based around an attack by an Atlantean Splinter group called The Deluge and this allows for some some pretty epic scenes throughout the issue keeping the pace high in what could have been a rather dry book. The whole issue is narrated by an unseen character who gives us their insight into Aquaman while remaining in the shadows. This kind of narrative works perfectly as we are seeing the character through another's eyes instead of Arthur telling us who he is.
Artistically the teams have done a wonderful job creating everything from a prehistoric Marine Reptile (see the preview pages below) to a cartoon representation of Arthur. The stand out though is the colour as we are bathed in a mixture of deep and compelling blues throughout the issue. It sounds odd but for a marine based title the ability to portray water is of paramount importance and as far as this issue goes I could not be more happy with the way the sea has turned out.
This is truly a kicking off point for Abnett’s new Aquaman and for those who do not know the character this is a perfect issue to dive into. As it lets you know who Aquaman is is going forward but more than that it creates a compelling reason to be interested in the King of Atlantis’s future. For those with a history with Arthur then this is look forward of what is to come especially as the issue reaches its climax.