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Today’s post is looking at DC Rebirth’s new Aquaman #1.

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I picked up the Joshua Middleton variant cover. Mostly because I have seen the regular cover too many times now, but also because it’s a cool cover.

This issue picks up with the “grand opening” of the Spindrift Station embassy introduced in Aquaman: Rebirth. I really like the concept of this embassy as a bridge between Atlantis and the rest of the world. Atlantis needs to be reconceptualized and this is a step in the right direction.

Our p.o.v. for this tale is a British Royal Naval lieutenant, Joanna Stubbs. She is liaison from the British navy to Atlantis. She also likes saying “crikey” a lot. I guess this is her catchphrase.

Once the proceedings begin, we find out that the Daily Planet reporter on the scene is really Black Manta in disguise! Duh duh duuuuuhhhh! He proceeds to kill an Atlantean guard and set off some bombs in Spindrift Station.

Mera attempts to save some surface dwellers when the embassy starts to flood. While keeping the tide in check with her water manipulation powers, Manta, in the water, shoots her. Aquaman then strikes at Manta as he hints at Arthur murdering his father. The issue ends with Black Manta stabbing Aquaman in the chest as blood fills his visor.

I like where this series is going so far. Playing up the political aspect of Aquaman and Atlantis’ place in the world is a good way to distinguish this title from the flood of superhero books available. Again, I’m a fan of the Spindrift Station concept as it helps to grow Aquaman’s world.

Hopefully, they go further with life under the oceans. What about other cities like Tritonis? What is Atlantis’ relationship with them? Whatever happened to Sub Diego? Did they restore it? Maybe not post-Flashpoint, I don’t know. What about Lori Lemaris’ people. Do Atlanteans get along with the mer-people? There is a lot of untapped potential in the world of Aquaman. Ultimately, you’re dealing with a world potentially as expansive as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

I’m looking forward to where they are going with this series and will continue to check it out. Even though Aquaman is king, only Jack Kirby can judge me.

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