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Marshall Lemon | 8 Oct 2014 12:00
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Aquaman Vol 1 The Trench

Aquaman

Sure, you may think of him as the fish guy. But not only is Aquaman a fantastic book with a great central hero and supporting cast, it keeps topping itself every few months.

Its first issue introduced Arthur as a self-imposed outcast, choosing to live in his human father's hometown instead of ruling Atlantis. Since then, he's fought terrifying monsters from the ocean depths. Dodged media scandals. Teamed up with a motley crew of heroes for an international adventure. Picked sides in the Atlantean invasion of America. Reclaimed his throne. Lost his throne. Fought a three-sided civil war within Atlantis itself. Every storyline, sometimes every issue, takes the character in a new direction that would easily warrant a reboot of the series. But instead, everything fits neatly together and escalates nicely, telling a long-form story with a massive scope.

Aquaman's adventures usually occur far away from the larger DCU. He doesn't spend much time with the Justice League anymore, and is really too busy to get involved with crisis events (save for a single crossover fully compiled in the Aquaman collected editions). That just means Aquaman works incredibly well as a self-contained story, developing Arthur's character and abilities without worrying about canonical events occurring elsewhere. It also means you can read Aquaman without things you don't like about New 52 coming up on a regular basis.

With a new creative team taking over the book with Volume 5, here's hoping Aquaman can continue the high bar it set.

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench
Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others
Aquaman Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis
Aquaman Vol. 4: Death of a King
Aquaman Vol. 5: Sea of Storms (releases Nov. 2014)

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