Aquaman: Rebirth #1 is a solid start on Aquaman’s new status quo. As the protector of the ocean and ruler of Atlantis, a man of two diverse worlds, one of the land and one of the sea, he is doing what he feels is right by guarding and safe keeping these two worlds from each other’s greed and wrath. Even though some see Aquaman as a menace, the frontrunner of a foreign power and the head of an alien race, others see him as the symbol of bravery and shelter.
After being quiet and unheard of for years, The Deluge, a viciously xenophobic terror cell which sees dry-landers as contamination and trash, are out to do what they feel.
In order to send a message out to all surface dwellers about the power and rage of the deep blue sea, they cause an entire city to burn and fall. To Corum Rath, leader of The Deluge and part of a society of beings who reside in the midnight zone of the sea ground, Aquaman is not a worthy king. The Deluge believes he is a false king and loath the fact that he is surface-born. They will do anything necessary to extinguish him and the rest of the human population.
With the help of Mera and Aquaman’s Spindrift Station, a project envisioned on improving relations between the sea kingdom and the surface, they defeat The Deluge. However, the struggle doesn’t end there.
With Mera (the only person to tolerate the fierce customs of the surface world) by his side, Arthur (Aquaman) continues to fight to balance the conflicting welfares of his parent’s world. However, The Deluge are not the only enemy Arthur is faced with. In the murky shadows lurks Black Manta, who hopes to end the reign of Aquaman.
The illustrations of the characters, surroundings, and sea creatures are awesome. Every detail is looked at with a good eye. Seeing as it is the deep blue sea, the overall look really grabs the reader’s attention and is quite satisfying. The story is, in a nutshell, the life of Aquaman; his history and his purpose in life.
I would definitely add Aquaman: Rebirth #1 to my favourite list.