Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning

Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in the surface world, he's a hero and an outcast. In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King...

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Title:Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning
Author:Dan Abnett
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ISBN:1401267823
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:192 pages

Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning Reviews

  • Adam Fisher
    Feb 21, 2017

    Politics and warfare! Aquaman is THE KING! (please can we have a battle between Aquaman and Namor?)

    Spindrift Station, the dry ground embassy of Atlantis, is having a grand opening. Arthur and Mera (betrothal still holding, hopefully wedding soon) are trying to show the press and dignitaries a good time, when the whole world seems to drop out from under them. A rogue group of Atlantean terrorists attacks an American ship, Black Manta causes havoc in the embassy, and the long-standing prejudice be

    Politics and warfare! Aquaman is THE KING! (please can we have a battle between Aquaman and Namor?)

    Spindrift Station, the dry ground embassy of Atlantis, is having a grand opening. Arthur and Mera (betrothal still holding, hopefully wedding soon) are trying to show the press and dignitaries a good time, when the whole world seems to drop out from under them. A rogue group of Atlantean terrorists attacks an American ship, Black Manta causes havoc in the embassy, and the long-standing prejudice between the surface and underwater dwellers rears its head..... with Aquaman surrendering himself to jail.

    Mera goes to the White House to plead his case... then a misunderstanding causes a battle between Atlantean soldiers and American rescue crews! Paranoia and lockdown! Mera loses her patience, breaking Arthur out of jail. Battling troops (non-lethally!) while they head towards the water.... stopped by Superman.

    This is where the book shines brightest.

    While fighting, Aquaman and Superman debate Arthur's value to the Justice League. He says he feels left out (calls himself a "Molwark") because he isn't part of the Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) or the "Loyal and True Trio" (Cyborg, Green Lantern, Flash). Clark tries to refute the claim, but eventually gives him space to go off and fix everything for Atlantis, despite the arrival of an invasion force.

    WHEW.... this book was a ride! Can't wait to see how this pans out!

    High recommend. If you haven't read Aquaman, the time to start is now.

  • Sesana
    Aug 16, 2016

    I feel like I've read this story before. Recently, in fact. In essence, this story is very similar to

    , pitting Atlantis and surface world against each other with Aquaman supposedly in the middle, but really favoring the surface side enough that I can't fault those of his subject who reject his rule. And yet, I actually think this is the better implementation. Throne of Atlantis tried to vilify Atlanteans in general, and former king Orm in particular, for rea

    I feel like I've read this story before. Recently, in fact. In essence, this story is very similar to

    , pitting Atlantis and surface world against each other with Aquaman supposedly in the middle, but really favoring the surface side enough that I can't fault those of his subject who reject his rule. And yet, I actually think this is the better implementation. Throne of Atlantis tried to vilify Atlanteans in general, and former king Orm in particular, for reacting exactly the way that I would expect a sovereign nation that had lost property and probably lives in an unprovoked, unannounced attack. That one left me with a slightly icky feeling, because nobody in the book who was not expressly coded as evil showed one bit of concern for Atlantis. This time, both sides seem considerably more reasonable, though I sincerely doubt that the US would close the British embassy in DC if it had been the subject of a terrorist attack by an American citizen, but whatever. That aside, characters reacted roughly as I would expect them to react.

    The art, however, is not to my taste. The characters all look too angular for my taste, and it just didn't come together for me.

  • Roxanne
    Sep 08, 2016

    It's just the same story over and over again, i can't remember the last Aquaman trade i read that wasn't the same story about Arthur being hated by everyone and everything, if he's not fighting with Atlantis he's fighting with the US, the story is over done, you can spin it as many times as you like it's still the same record.

    I still don't understand why Aquaman is hated, Abnett does a good job setting up this plot of Arthur being framed, and even more people hating him, if that is somehow poss

    It's just the same story over and over again, i can't remember the last Aquaman trade i read that wasn't the same story about Arthur being hated by everyone and everything, if he's not fighting with Atlantis he's fighting with the US, the story is over done, you can spin it as many times as you like it's still the same record.

    I still don't understand why Aquaman is hated, Abnett does a good job setting up this plot of Arthur being framed, and even more people hating him, if that is somehow possible but i don't get why the hate instantly. Plus Arthur being so self-deprecating calling himself the creepy fish guy i'm like what the fuck is going on here, like Aquaman is one of my faves and this whole idea of everyone hating him is just stupid and it's boring as fuck to read. I feel like i've read this exact same volume before and then the end turns into a injustice volume, i've already seen Supes and Aquaman fighting and it was done better in injustice.

    Overall us Aquaman fans still aren't getting a break even with the rebirth title it's still the same old same old another disappointing volume.

  • Kate
    Feb 17, 2017

    If they're trying to redeem Aquaman's reputation as anything other than "Conch Boy" then this isn't the way to go. Full of the same old whiney 'nobody takes me seriously' crap that has plagued this character for years. DC need to think outside the box with this character and go somewhere new.

    Art is ok, as colourful as you'd expect an Aquaman comic to be, but nothing really stands out.

  • James DeSantis
    Feb 06, 2017

    Well hey, this wasn't half bad.

    I had never read a Aqauman solo title before. I keep hearing to read Jeff's run and I plan on it but till then I decided to check this one out. At first i was unsure, the Rebirth issue was just "Meh" but the rest of the volume stayed pretty interesting.

    I really enjoyed the interaction with Aquaman and the "land-dwellers" which made for interesting reflection of today's society of "trust" and "image" based on reports and news. People are scared of Aquaman. Don't t

    Well hey, this wasn't half bad.

    I had never read a Aqauman solo title before. I keep hearing to read Jeff's run and I plan on it but till then I decided to check this one out. At first i was unsure, the Rebirth issue was just "Meh" but the rest of the volume stayed pretty interesting.

    I really enjoyed the interaction with Aquaman and the "land-dwellers" which made for interesting reflection of today's society of "trust" and "image" based on reports and news. People are scared of Aquaman. Don't trust him. It's mostly thanks to the reports about him when really he's just trying to be a badass king and hope that America gets that. The back and forth conversations, the political side of it, and the end result are all pretty good.

    The start of it is okay at best. The first two issues are really just one big fight scene with Aquaman and Mantis. it starts off fun enough but honestly seen it before, done it better. It's just okay here and the whole time I kept thinking this start could be better. Yes, the end of the battle leads to interesting paths for both hero and villain but the start could have had more of a punch.

    Overall I quite enjoyed my time with this volume. Not love, but enjoyed, and that's a surprise for me. This and Red Hood are the two surprise reads for me in enjoyment. I will check out volume 2!

  • Chris Lemmerman
    Jan 07, 2017

    [Read as single issues]

    Dan Abnett's first run on Aquaman pre-Rebirth was solid, and laid some of the groundwork for this storyline also. Now free to do as he wants with the character, Abnett dives right into the politics of Atlantis, as well as the relationship between Arthur and Mera, plus some Black Manta stuff for good measure.

    Abnett really digs into these characters to find out what makes them tick and how they view the world around them, so when it all gets turned upside down around them,

    [Read as single issues]

    Dan Abnett's first run on Aquaman pre-Rebirth was solid, and laid some of the groundwork for this storyline also. Now free to do as he wants with the character, Abnett dives right into the politics of Atlantis, as well as the relationship between Arthur and Mera, plus some Black Manta stuff for good measure.

    Abnett really digs into these characters to find out what makes them tick and how they view the world around them, so when it all gets turned upside down around them, we're as shaken as they are. And this is just the beginning of what Abnett has planned, if more recent issues are any indication.

    The art is split between Brad Walker, Phil Brionnes, and Scot Eaton, who blend together nicely enough, though they have their own unique styles that are obvious from issue to issue.

    This is a little slow to get started, but now that Aquaman has shed his 'joke character' status, we can get away from worrying about that and really dig into the nitty-gritty with this Game Of Thrones In Atlantis level stuff.

  • Danielle
    Feb 07, 2017

    Read this review and more on my

    Do you think that Aquaman is a weak superhero? Well I did, but after reading Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning I have completely change my opinion on him. I had never read a story with Aquaman in it before, so I have no idea how I got the idea that he was a secondary superhero. I guess like most people, we see him wear his orange and green suit and hear that

    Read this review and more on my

    Do you think that Aquaman is a weak superhero? Well I did, but after reading Aquaman Volume 1: The Drowning I have completely change my opinion on him. I had never read a story with Aquaman in it before, so I have no idea how I got the idea that he was a secondary superhero. I guess like most people, we see him wear his orange and green suit and hear that he can talk to fish and immediately write him off without giving him a chance.

    After reading my first story with Aquaman, how do people not like Aquaman? He is the King of Atlantis; he controls the seas which make up 75% of Earth; he is a member of the Justice League. It seems like people who have the opinion that he is not a good superhero (like I used to), have not read any of his storylines. When you actually read what he does, he is more than someone who can talk to sea creatures (not that he really talks to them but that is a different matter entirely).

    Lets talk about the storyline, this was probably one of the most thought out story’s that I have ever read. It is easy to see why Aquaman feels the way that he does, and it is also easy to see how both the Atlantean’s and that land-dwellers feel about each other. Like I did, most of the land-dwellers dismiss Aquaman as a secondary superhero and question why he is in the Justice League. Whatever he does to try and build good relations between Atlantis and the rest of the world is always meet with opposition and constant breakdowns. But even with all of these setbacks, he never gives up hope that one day Atlantis and the rest of the world will see each other as equals when most people would have given up.

    The art style was okay. Since I have not read an Aquaman comic before, or a comic that is set in the sea for that matter I do not really have anything to compare it to. That said, I was not able to differentiate when he was on land or in the water at times. I suspect that if it was a tad more easy to see the difference then this would have been an almost perfect volume.

    A very good story around Aquaman; give it a shot, chances are that you will enjoy it more than you realise.

  • Sam Quixote
    Jan 21, 2017

    Atlantis has built a dry land embassy on the Massachusetts shore to strengthen relations with America. But xenophobic Atlantean terrorists calling themselves the Deluge, as well as Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta, seek to destroy any attempt at peaceful co-existence. Time for Aquaman and Mera to hit stuff!

    I’ve only read a handful of random Rebirth issues so Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning is my first full Rebirth book. Given how popular Rebirth has been with readers, putting perennial second-place

    Atlantis has built a dry land embassy on the Massachusetts shore to strengthen relations with America. But xenophobic Atlantean terrorists calling themselves the Deluge, as well as Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta, seek to destroy any attempt at peaceful co-existence. Time for Aquaman and Mera to hit stuff!

    I’ve only read a handful of random Rebirth issues so Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning is my first full Rebirth book. Given how popular Rebirth has been with readers, putting perennial second-place comics publisher DC’s sales within swiping distance of market leader Marvel’s (whose own sales have nosedived dramatically in the last year), I was hoping that meant the quality would be sky-high… and unfortunately it’s not, at least for Dan Abnett’s Aquapants.

    I thought Rebirth was a return to the pre-Flashpoint continuity, ignoring the New 52 years entirely, however the New 52 Throne of Atlantis storyline – when Aquaman’s half-brother Orm/Ocean Master flooded the coasts and invaded the land – is referenced as the basis for America’s fear of Atlantis in this book. So it looks like Rebirth is a return to classic canon while also incorporating the New 52 timeline - fair enough but no idea how that works given that the New 52 was a continuity reboot that wiped out classic canon!

    The story is so uninspired. Black Manta is being Black Manta, causing mayhem, this time in the new Atlantean embassy, because he wants revenge against Aquaman like he always does – Abnett’s just spinning his wheels, it’s like reading tedium in comics form. Then things get dumber with the Deluge – terrorists obviously not standing for Atlantis – sinking a US ship and once again creating tension between the two nations. Rather than talk through the problem like adults, Aquaman and Mera – mostly Mera – behave like ‘roided out meatheads, punching everything and everyone, making a bad situation even worse.

    I feel like anyone with a higher than double digits IQ is gonna be not only bored but frustrated with how stupid everyone behaves especially as the escalation could’ve easily been avoided if anyone stopped to think for a moment. But then we wouldn’t get Aquaman and Mera punching Superman which is apparently what Dan Abnett/DC think readers want? “Duuuuuuuuh, I wants me comix to reads like me Injustice game…..!”

    Aquaman behaves weirdly out of character particularly in the Superman fight, suddenly being insecure about his place in the Justice League, ranting about being “the creepy fish guy” and not getting respect(the Superfriends cartoon exists in this world)!

    “Aquaman is a joke” is the same tack Geoff Johns took in his first Aquabook and it remains a silly detail. That said, Abnett doesn’t have Johns’ blockbuster vision and pacing and the book doesn’t have Ivan Reis’ sharp pencils – because Aquaman ships every 2 weeks, a number of artists are required to keep up with the demanding schedule so the visuals throughout look rushed and keep changing.

    Mera is poorly written too. Here she’s angry, stupid and overly aggressive, which doesn’t tally with the character we’ve seen in previous books. Given her behaviour here and Aquaman’s negative reaction to it only makes their engagement even more baffling. Remember DC Universe Rebirth #1? The only story point in that issue for this series was Aquaman proposing to Mera.

    And that’s basically what Aquaman Rebirth is: a series without any real direction, drive or purpose. I suppose there’s enough backstory here for it to be a decent jumping-on point for new readers, which is one of the main selling points of Rebirth, but it’s not a book that’s gonna make anyone fall in love with the character or even entertain on any level. I got nothing out of this one except for yawn after yawn. A disappointing beginning to my Rebirth odyssey and another terrible Aquaman book to add to the pile!

  • Steve
    Jan 22, 2017

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

    Wow! This is easily the best volume in the Rebirth imprint. Action, intrigue, plots and subplots, and outstanding artwork make this a complete must-read. And to think I was putting this one off because it was "just" Aquaman.

  • Adam Graham
    Jan 27, 2017

    I found this Aquaman book to be disappointing, though it wasn’t without its good points. The relationship between Aquaman and Mera was fun. The art was decent and there were some epic battles. When they took on the whole Army in Issues four and five, there are some epic moments.

    On the other hand, some characters just act really inexplicably and the story just didn’t engage me. More than that, it was the book’s whininess. Aquaman is the Rodney Dangerfield of Superheroes. He gets no respect and t

    I found this Aquaman book to be disappointing, though it wasn’t without its good points. The relationship between Aquaman and Mera was fun. The art was decent and there were some epic battles. When they took on the whole Army in Issues four and five, there are some epic moments.

    On the other hand, some characters just act really inexplicably and the story just didn’t engage me. More than that, it was the book’s whininess. Aquaman is the Rodney Dangerfield of Superheroes. He gets no respect and that’s not right because he has some really amazing powers. However, the book hammers the point home and worse than that and harps on it. It tells us about how Aquaman isn’t respected. This is a comic book, the show don’t tell rule is especially applicable. Don’t tell us how awesome and noble Aquaman is and how he gets no respect in return, show us. And then don’t tell us how to feel about it, trust us to get what you’re saying.

    Public perception and public image isn’t only something the book obsesses with, it’s something the heroes seem to go on about. In some ways, this makes sense because part of the boo is about efforts at diplomacy and it’s easier to be at peace if the people of America like and respect Aquaman, but sometimes it comes off petty and self-obsessed and petty. When Mera complains to Superman about He, Batman, and Wonder Woman being viewed better than Aquaman, it’s about the limit.

    Superman’s appearance in Issue 6 is my last big complaint. Superman was acting out of character, the battle was absurd, and the book doesn’t even seem to acknowledge the events around Rebirth. This Superman is the Post-Crisis Superman who returned from his Universe and replaced the New 52 Superman and doesn’t know this Aquaman at all which makes the events of that issue not make sense.

    This isn’t the worst graphic novel I’ve read, but there were too many problems for me to enjoy it.