|Aquaman by Alan Davis, 2004|
|Aquaman by Martin Egeland, 1995|
flash forward to now, the slate has been wiped clean for aquaman and all of the other heroes of the dc universe.
thankfully writer geoff johns, with artists ivan reis and joe prado, have returned aquaman to a level of greatness he may not have seen since the '40s when he was first created or '60s when his cartoon was popular on airwaves across the country. no longer is aquaman the adoptive son of a dolphin (did i forget to mention that?), but again the son of an atlantean queen and lighthouse keeper. arthur is looking for his place in both the surface and underwater worlds. aquaman has two hands and proudly wields a golden trident against any enemy foolish to face him and his army of aquatic aids. i'm also pleased that his long-time wife, mera, is no longer crazy and a stalwart supporter as his partner against crime. oh and the villains are cool, as in serious threats to aquaman's domain. johns is rebuilding, from the ground up, the history of aquaman and atlantis by using bits and pieces of past continuity as a foundation, much like peter david did in the mid-nineties. one can only hope this progression continues and the past does not completely repeat itself. aquaman can be both superhero, husband, king, average joe, and environmental activist, but it takes the right creative and editorial team to get it right. as of the date of this posting, so far so good.
Aquaman is published monthly from DC Comics.