Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench
Oh my cod, I am loving Aquaman so glubbin’ much! I am so glad I decided to try this comic! I think Aquaman is one of my new favorite superheroes! To prove it, here is a doodle I made where I am Aquaman:
The artwork in this comic is very beautiful and I’m enjoying drowning in every page. The story line is exciting and hooks me to keep turning the page to see what happens next! It’s not that the whole wicked-creatures-from-the-deep tale is a new idea, but it’s the art that keeps me interested the most.
This comic is darker than I expected, both in theme and appearance. It’s drawn as if they started with a wash of black and added the light in later rather than starting with light and adding shadow. I notice that same technique in the Spiderman comics, and I respect this method a lot. Leonardo Da Vinci said, “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
A big difference I notice between the current Aquaman and Spiderman comics, though, is that the rich colors in Aquaman are used to draw the characters more beautiful than they ever could be in real life. In the Spiderman comics I notice that there is a kind of Norman Rockwell approach where the artist exaggerates the quirks and features of the characters in an endearing way to give them personality. I personally enjoy both quirky and unbelievably perfect characters in stories, but I can see how some would want for more realism. This does not take away from the character development in the Aquaman story line, however, for the background information and how the heroes deal with current events really lets me get to know them so that I’m invested in their plight even if I have trouble empathizing with how hard it must be to be so super sexy.
I feel bad for poor Aquaman because of the disrespectful way everyone treats him in the comic! I thought that was just a joke on television, but in the comics the same thing really happens to him. He takes it in stride, and even though it is clear that it gets to him, he keeps his composure and doesn’t lash out at the insolence around him. His drop-dead-gorgeous lady, Mera, though, makes it clear that all these fish-out-of-water jokes are only allowed to be uttered because of Aquaman’s patience. Mera is very hardcore and drives in the point that a lack of water is not her weakness, but a weakness to everyone else. She gave me plenty of shivers. If Aquaman went evil…well…might I mention that he punched Superman one time in an older comic I found at the comic trade store? That’s right! Who punches Superman and walks away without a broken hand? Aquaman, that’s who. Superman had it coming. He was being a snot to Aquaman at the time.
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The bad guys from the trench are very creepy and I enjoy fearing what they’re going to do next! They are an awesome creation and I’m really impressed! I mean, just look at them in the background of the comic volume picture up there…with their piranha-like chompers. They eat people. Not only do they eat them, but their main goal in leaving the trench in the first place is to make people their food source; sticking them into super icky cocoons and dragging them down into the depths of the ocean like some kind of big, cryptic doggy bag; leaving the people in the cocoons alive until time for dinner, I might add! I didn’t expect to see this type of pleasing horror scenario in an Aquaman story line. I notice this kind of organic, primal force in Swamp Thing and Animal Man a lot. It’s natural order striving to ignore humanity’s plea for peace and empathy and the shudders that come with looking a compassion-less foe in it’s blank, empty eyes. It’s not personal. It’s just dinner time. *Quiver*
Something that does confuse me in the DC world of Aquaman is that no one believes in Atlantis. This seems really strange to me. Why would everyone have such a hard time believing this? What, is the existence of Swamp Thing and the whole rot world not enough to make people give Aquaman the benefit of the doubt? Superman is an alien and attracts villains from far off worlds all the time. Man has been to the moon, yet we don’t know all that much about our own ocean floor. It’s not so fantastical to believe that some smart race of ancient people, whether they originated on Earth or not, could make an underwater city to live in that we just haven’t stumbled upon yet. Trench creatures come out of the sea and start dragging people off to eat them, but Atlantis? Ha! Don’t be ridiculous! Piranha people? Sure. Atlantians? You need medication!
I would dolphinately recommend reading Aquaman! I am now a serious Aqua-fan! I even ordered an Aquaman shirt to advertise my Aqua-love! I’m getting it from superherostuff.com. You can click on the picture for a link to it if you want your own, or click on the Aquaman comic picture up there to go to Amazon.com and get your own copy of the Aquaman comic!