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Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:32 am

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We've got another DCnU #1 for this week! It's Namor The Sub-Mariner #1!

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Aquaman #1
as selected by Comic_Doctor

The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths!

Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily.

Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!


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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:34 am

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:36 am

I do so hope that Mammon, Foolbreaker will be reviewing this week.

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:16 am

A little bit of housekeeping, the following posters have not posted reviews for 3 straight weeks; AMS, Zero, Kerny, False Prophet and GLX. If you don't pop in and explain why or review Aquaman #1 you'll lose your spot in the rotation!

Amoebas and Mike Mercury, you haven't reviewed for 2 weeks, so your names are in red too. Mercury, are you really quitting?

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Mammon, Fool Breaker » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:49 am

Punchy wrote:I do so hope that Mammon, Foolbreaker will be reviewing this week.


#1 Aquafan WILL be reviewing this.
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:52 am

Mammon, Fool Breaker wrote:
#1 Aquafan WILL be reviewing this.


Huzzah!

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Amoebas » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:27 pm

I was hoping this would be a good book. I didn't expect it to jump to my top 3 favorites of the New 52.

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Aquaman tries to fit in with the surface dwellers and despite his best efforts, it just doesn't work as the people in eastern Massachusetts (and elsewhere one would assume) figure him to be a joke. Still, he's committed to trying and vows to remain on land, giving up his throne. Meanwhile some nasty creatures from beneath the ocean emerge - and are hungry.

There's plenty of laughs (at Aquaman's expense) but I get the feeling the humor could finally turn towards respect for the Sea King again - and with whatever the hell these "Trench" creatures are, that turnaround could come quick.

I loved that Arthur is giving up on Atlantis. I've never been a fan of my heroes being rulers - and let's face, Atlantis only has so many stories to tell before it gets boring. Kudo's for making Aquaman a land lubber!

And a big HELL YES! for the "created by Paul Norris" in the credits. I this would happen more and more often.

Writing - 9
Art - 9
Overall - 9

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:57 pm

Where is Bluestreak? I demand him back.
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:19 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:Where is Bluestreak? I demand him back.


He hasn't posted a review for 3 weeks either, if he's not careful he'll lose his spot in the rotation too! :-D

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Comic_Doctor » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:44 pm

All the solicits for Aquaman #1 had turned me off this series before it even started. I hate the look of those new creatures from the deep. Luckily the story barely had those creatures in it, but they were set up for a nice issue #2.

Geoff Johns did a nice job playing up how lots of us look a Aquaman - as the joke hero from old Justice League. But Johns also made sure to show that Aquaman can be a bad-ass. I didn't know he was pretty much bulletproof, and could leap tall buildings in a single bound though. I like the changes.

The art was very good, and lots of character emotion was conveyed in facial expressions. Of course the storytelling aspects were well done too.

Now that I've seen some of these deep sea creatures in action, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing how this first arc plays out.

GRADE 7.5 of 10

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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Starlord » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:52 pm

I can't wait to get my hands on this one tomorrow.
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
He hasn't posted a review for 3 weeks either, if he's not careful he'll lose his spot in the rotation too! :-D


I'll post a review this week. :P

I'll retake things over after 52apolooza wraps up. I really appreciate Punchy stepping up.
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
He hasn't posted a review for 3 weeks either, if he's not careful he'll lose his spot in the rotation too! :-D


I'll post a review this week. :P

I'll retake things over after 52apolooza wraps up. I really appreciate Punchy stepping up.
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby GLX » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:59 pm

I forgot that this was this week's pick. I pondered on either getting this, Demon Knights or JLD, but ended up with JLD. :oops:
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Re: Review Group Week #294 - Aquaman #1

Postby Punchy » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:08 am

BlueStreak wrote:
I'll post a review this week. :P

I'll retake things over after 52apolooza wraps up. I really appreciate Punchy stepping up.


I considered putting your name in red but I didn't want to face the wrath you normally reserve for Newton :P

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