I must admit, from the outset, I didn't include Aquaman on my list of n52 titles to read, as I wasn't sure how the writers would...handle Aquaman. But after being repeatedly advised to pick up the title, I'm so glad to say that, after eight issues, Aquaman has been amongst the best that the n52 has to offer!
But should I really have been that surprised? After all, the current title is written by Geoff Johns - the same man for bringing another also title to the n52, Green Lantern (possibly my second favourite out of the n52 - the first arc was brilliant and the second arc looks like it'll be just as good). Whilst Johns' other work on the Justice League isn't as well-received as these titles, it certainly is a fun read.
Back to Aquaman - what I like most about the title is probably how Aquaman lives in world where he is the butt of many jokes (which admittedly many of us are still guilty of) - despite helping out at Amnesty Bay performing super-human feats all-the-while - yet he keeps his head down and gets on with his life - which is more similar to our lives than you may think.
It will take a herculean effort to dispel the bad reputation that Aquaman has received over the years, but with writing like Johns', the future looks very bright for Arthur Curry, and hopefully will translate to other forms of media and once and for all remove all the bad jokes (I mean, if Batman's rep can improve so dramatically in the space of 20-odd years, Aquaman should eventually get the same treatment - that is if DC cares enough - and with writing like this, it suggests that they do).
My second blog, dedicated to you Aquaman - showing you the respect and appreciation that we don't show often enough, but you deserve.