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Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench (Aquaman (2011) #1)

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The King of the Seven Seas Aquaman returns to his very own ongoing series for the first time in years at the hands of DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, who reteams with GREEN LANTERN collaborator artist Ivan Reis! Between proving himself to a world that sees him as a joke, Aquaman and his bride Mera face off against a long buried terror from the depths of ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 5th 2012 by DC Comics
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Jayson
(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: Part creature feature, part fish-out-of-water sitcom, it bounces prowess off assumption and elevates through ridicule.
Anne
Re-read 2016
My friend Paul drew this picture, then sent it allllll the way across the pond to me!
*hugs Paul*

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Anyway, it inspired me to read all of the New 52 volumes again, because they were what first sparked my all-consuming obsession with Aquaman. And, yeah, I know you guys think I'm silly, but he's hands-down my favorite superhero of all time, and this volume was just as good as I remembered it...maybe better!

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Original Review: 2012
Yes!
Aquaman is finally cool.

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Aquaman has been a punchline for ye
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Alejandro
Great reading about Aquaman!


This TPB edition collects issues #1-6 from New52’s “Aquaman”


Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Ivan Reis


DON’T MESS WITH AQUAMAN!

This is the perfect book to read if you want to see redeemed the comic book character of Aquaman.

Common jokes have made that people underestimate Aquaman and that’s a grave mistake.

Aquaman is a hybrid from a male human and a female Atlantean, and due his mother’s heritage, he is one tough guy.

People tend to laugh about Aquaman
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Sean Gibson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sean by: Anne
I am very sorry to report that, regretfully (not-so-spoiler alert), Aquaman does NOT die an embarrassingly agonizing death in this book, gasping and flopping around on dry land while the other members of the Justice League laugh, point, and throw fish food on him. Because, if that had happened, this book would have gotten at least one more star.

I tried, Anne. I really did. I wanted to like this book and write a glowing review and tell the world that it’s missing out on one epically awesome (if s
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Jan Philipzig
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
You Need a Glass of Water Or Something?

Whoa - I can’t believe how many of my friends have read this book! Aquaman, eh? I always took him for a second banana, not sure why... Maybe his sparkly green-and-orange outfit didn't look like major-league material? Or maybe his ability to talk to fish and ride around on over-sized seahorses didn't seem like the kind of super-power that makes children's hearts beat faster these days? Anyway, the thing is: my friends know what they are doing, of course - we
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Jeff
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Poor, poor Aquaman. This is a superhero that gets absolutely no respect. Green Lantern can do cool things with his ring; Aquaman communicates with fish. Batman has all sorts of cool gadgets; Aquaman has a trident. Superman flies; Aquaman (in the early TV incarnation) rode around on a freakishly large seahorse.

Back during the DC vs. Marvel crossover, Aquaman needed a whale to beat down Namor, his Marvel aquatic counterpart. (Fans voted on the outcome and in this case, the reason Aquaman won was
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Dirk Grobbelaar
It’s true. The hype. Thank Heavens.

No really. It is.

This is the Aquaman story you’ve been wanting, nay, been needing to read since, well, forever. Geoff Johns gets Aquaman. He really does.

Okay, now that I’ve got the lyrical waxing behind me. This is a pretty fun story. Yes, there is some fun poking at the fact that Aquaman has never been the coolest character in the DC Universe. Thing is… if this run continues in the same fashion, he might well become just that!

And then I’m not even talking abou
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Patrick
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers looking to get acquainted with Aquaman. You know what, the hell with that. This is hands down the PERFECT jumping-on point. Because anyone familiar with Aquaman knows his dubious reputation, and Geoff Johns does a wonderful job of addressing that right from the start.

Johns could've given us a straight-faced story where Aquaman looks impressive and every character in-universe remarks at how awesome he is, and how he is so legitimate that no on
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Sam Quixote
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I admit I'm one of those people who used to scoff at Aquaman, seeing him as a character long out of date and too cheesy to continue into the 21st century. So it's a pleasant surprise that I read "The Trench" and not only enjoyed it but was genuinely impressed with this character and his world as presented by the skilled minds of writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis.

My opinion of Aquaman is widely shared and the character has been mocked on popular comedy shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "
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Bookwraiths
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

My favorite New 52 character is — Aquaman?

God, I have a hard time admitting it. The words sticking in my throat like a tiny fishbone. Like so many others, I’ve always looked at Aquaman as that ridiculous dude from the old “Super Friends” cartoon; the one who wore a green and orange costume, talked to fish, and was basically a walking joke. But he isn’t that guy anymore. Oh, he has the same powers, wears the same colors, but now he has been transformed in
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Jokoloyo
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jokoloyo by: Bookwraiths
After reading this comic, I remember one episode of The Big Bang Theory: The Justice League Recombination (on air December 2010, based on imdb info), especially one quote from Raj Koothrappali.

Raj Koothrappali: I don't want to be Aquaman. He sucks. He sucks underwater. He sucks fish pee.
(view spoiler)
Aquaman sucks

On November 2011, Aquaman #1 published, as if to challenge Raj's opinion. Raj should get a time machine, went 1 year to the future then read
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Jesse A
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
One of the great new 52 titles I've read. I'm not a huge fan of Geoff Johns but he hit it out of the park here!



Edit 03/17/16: I'm now a pretty big fan of Geoff Johns.
Peter Derk
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yeah, I'm as surprised as anyone. But honestly, of the half dozen titles I've read from DC's relaunch, this one has been the best. By quite a margin, in fact.

For one thing, it's a pretty comprehensive relaunch. You don't have to know much about Aquaman to read it, and what you don't know can be picked up through the information-delivery vehicle the writers found, which is the ignorance of the general population when it comes to all things Aquaman. Which is in full force because, let's face it, n
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[Name Redacted]


Glorious!

So far I've been pretty unimpressed with DC's latest reboot of their universe. And, based on the number of "New 52" series canceled since the reboot, it would appear that I'm not the only one. The new Superman title made him an obnoxious, faddish "social justice" shill; the new Batman is too scatter-shot (5 titles? Really? FIVE?) and focused on the grimdark grimdarkness of the setting; the new Wonder Woman is just...feh...because the writer clearly doesn't understand the character at al
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Donovan
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


That's right. Poor Arthur Curry has just asked for it for so many years. But Geoff Johns finally does him justice, facing the ridicule head on and flipping it on itself with humor and plenty of glaring attitude.



Arthur Curry does not talk to fish, he telepathically controls them. Mind fucks, as it were. He's finally a powerful hero: melee fighting with his trident, using sonar to locate enemies, and speed jumping. And he's the rightful king of an ancient and lost civilization. Rags to riches to
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Brad
Aquaman #1 --
So how does one deal with Aquaman's baggage as a lesser light in the DC Universe? How does one make him relevent when he's always been the easy target of pop culture jokes (and his Marvel equivalent is decidely more bad ass)?

If you are Geoff Johns you address the issue head on, out in the open, morphing it from a negative into a positive, challenging the reader to set aside their biases, feel some shame for their "uninformed opinions" and empathize with Aquaman.

It works a treat. On
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Kyle
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
Going into this, and with the help of the Goodreads reviews that have been posted on this book, I was expecting it to be a total turn-around for the Aquaman brand. But I don't think anything could have prepared me for how cool this book actually was. No wonder Aquaman has captured the attention of so many new readers!

Time and time again, Geoff Johns has proven himself to be THE writer for anything that needs to be resurrected. And in so many ways, the New 52 Aquaman is a more amazing feat than t
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Caitlin
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aquaman, new-52
Gotta say that this one actually lives up to the hype...

I have to admit that I haven't previously respected Aquaman all that much. Can't help but think of Robot Chicken's DC sketches everytime I hear about him:



So I love that Geoff Johns deals with this head on by making the lack of respect for Aquaman an actual struggle for him in the comic book. And damn does he deal with it. This isn't some "I talk to fish!" Aquaman. This Aquaman saves people and wrecks bad guys with a super badass trident all
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Chris
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
Prior to reading The Trench I knew little about Aquaman aside from the jokes made at his expense on tv shows such as Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory. After seeing several five star reviews and being new to graphic novels at the time, I gave this a go to see for myself. In short, Aquaman rules! And I don't just mean the Seven Seas.

The Trench is a great starting point, especially for newcomers as writer Geoff Johns reinvents the character. He addresses Arthur Curry's ridiculed reputation as a h
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Sesana
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Well, this was fun. I'd never really thought about Aquaman much before reading Blackest Night. But he was a cool character there. And Mera was even more so. So here I am, reading an Aquaman (and Mera) book for the first time, and really, really liking it.

Johns made the decision, apparently for the first time, to stop ignoring the general opinion that Aquaman is lame. Instead, he's working with it, using it as a source of humor. It did seem strange to me that DC was going to acknowledge that one
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Leo
Poor Aquaman, he has less fans than my mother (I'm her number one fan!).

OK, so, this a decent comic but there's nothing really spectacular about it and I think it could explain more about Aquaman's origin. I for one, don't know much about him; I mean, he's not really the world famous superhero.
The stories were also a bit unconnected and weren't that interesting by themselves.

Like I said, decent.
Kenny
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Q: How was Aquaman's son delivered?
A: Via SEA-section.

As a kid Aquaman was the butt of many jokes. In a world where Superman, Batman, Robin and even Wonder Woman were real, Aquaman could not possibly exist. He lived under sea.

Q: What's the difference between Aquaman and a unicorn?
A: Nothing, they're both fictional characters

I'd heard from others who are into reading graphic novels that Aquaman was now cool. Geoff Johns had done a great job resurrecting him. No, really Kenny. Well they were ri
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Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
So, before this I had never read an Aquaman comic book. My only real big or small screen interaction with him was when A.C. Curry showed up in a couple episodes of "Smallville." He seemed fairly likeable, if a little too obsessed with being kind to the environment (i.e. the ocean). I did know that to most people Aquaman is a gigantic joke. People like to dismiss him, because most of his powers are only usable in the Ocean/water. They think he's useless when on land. This comic book, a part of th ...more
Sans
My second Aquaman book and I’m wondering why he’s so different in the JL books I’ve read. Maybe because those were written by Morrison.

This was a good book but the small town assholes brought me down. Arthur and Mera have to deal with a lot of prejudice both from the surface dwellers and the citizens of Atlantis. Seeing their day to day issues was rough but I hope it gets better from here.
J
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
4.5 stars

Don't mess with Aquaman.



Like, seriously. Don't. I am so tired of everyone underestimating Aquaman! I really don't get it. Especially after reading this comic. Which was great, by the way.

So in this volume, Arthur decides to move into a lighthouse with Mera and protect the mainland while still being close to water. But he's perpetually teased by most people living on land. Like, he could literally rip your heart out through your throat and psychically manipulate a whale shark into e
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Gavin
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I've read about 5 of the new 52 from DC, and this ranks right up there. Not as good as Batman, but better than Superman, Superboy, and Blue Beetle. I remember picking up issue 1 of an Aquaman Miniseries (by Robert Loren Fleming, Keith Giffen and Curt Swan) when I was around 9 years old, and thinking it was awesome (I went to spend my allowance on the other issues as soon as I could find them at the corner store) as I'd never heard much of anything about him, but knew that Issue #1s were always a ...more
Drew The Reviewer
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I barely knew anything about Aquaman before reading this. I just knew that he was a hero from the sea. This was seriously such a good story. It combined the perfect amount of mystery and action. That cliffhanger at the end was awesome. The artwork was some of the prettiest art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. Everything about this was perfect. Aquaman is gonna end up being one of my favorite superheroes, I can just tell.
Ricky Ganci
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-52, favorites
(4.5 stars) It took a lot of encouragement on the part of some friends as well as the comics-reading community in general to convince me that even IF Aquaman's book was the best of the New 52, I would want to read it. Well, I did read it, and no amount of hype could have prepared me for the utter humanity that Johns uses to write the character of Arthur Curry, and just what a standout book this first volume of the new Aquaman story THE TRENCH is.

Aquaman's place in the Justice League has been a p
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Justyn Rampa
So I just re-read the first volume of Aquaman. Ironically, I read it in the middle of a giant storm. However, I still feel pretty much the same about this title. I enjoyed it, but the artwork left me a little wanting. Ivan Reis especially has some trouble with eyes occasionally. When he takes his time with a panel, it can look pretty awesome...but when he doesn't take his time, it can look pretty terrible. The story was fun, typical Geoff Johns fare but upon closer inspection...there isn't a who ...more
Jeff
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Geoff Johns understands how to balance humor, heart and super-hero adventure into his stories, and Aquaman, Vol. 1 is a great example of how Johns succeeds at this balancing act. Undoubtedly, it is Johns' ability to juggle all these parts, while highlighting Aquaman's self awareness--"Hey, you're Aquaman: America's least favorite super-hero"--that makes this an enjoyable book.

Not only does Johns use Aquaman's C-class reputation for humor, but he builds this as a point of contention between Aquam
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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