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Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench

(Aquaman (2011) #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  9,514 ratings  ·  650 reviews
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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by DC Comics (first published September 5th 2012)
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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: Part creature feature, part fish-out-of-water sitcom, it bounces prowess off assumption and elevates through ridicule.
Great reading about Aquaman!

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

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Ivan Reis


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.

If you're smart... won't mess
Re-read 2016
My friend Paul drew this picture, then sent it allllll the way across the pond to me!
*hugs Paul*


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!


Original Review: 2012
Aquaman is finally cool.


Aquaman has been a punchline for
Sean Gibson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan Philipzig
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 -
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gianfranco Mancini


I've just hated every DC Extended Universe movie but for WW and JL, that with all of its flaws was at last an entertaining funny one for me, but James Wan's Aquaman seems really good and my wife has the hots for Jason Momoa (worst character casting ever in my opinion, he was just perfect for a Lobo based movie, but I see all the ladies going to the cinema are more than ok with him playing Arthur Curry's role), so it seemed not very nice to me watching that flick without
Sam Quixote
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse A
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

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
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.
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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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jedi JC Daquis
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2018 reread: So I am rereading Johns' New 52 Aquaman run to get me pumped up with Wan's film adaptation.

For better or for worse, DC's New 52 relaunched several of the characters in the DC universe, making most of them adapt in the modern world. This retelling may be effective in some, like Snyder's Batman but definitely not in others, like Lobdell's Superman.

Aquaman takes a detour from that modernization, and instead cements the King of Atlantis as a tier A superhero rather than a jokebag in
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew Reed
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good story with one of the most underrated DC characters, although i think the best title would be "Aquaman and Mera vol 1". Aquaman is great in this series but i really liked that Mera has a big part,together they're a great team.

If you are a DC fan and haven't already read this, give it a look it's worth it
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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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