The Greatest Aquaman Stories Ever Told!
Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Aquaman Stories Ever Told!
Sorry for the delay! The Grand Comic Book Database was down, so it was quite a difficult task getting all the covers together!
10. Brightest Day #0-24
In this series, Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi deal with Aquaman getting his life back into order upon his resurrection, as well as getting involved with the search for a mysterious new Aqualad.
9. Aquaman Special #1 “The Legend of Aquaman”
After the previous Aquaman revamp, Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming had the task of revamping the character once again, this time with a brand new origin! This one-shot detailed the completely new take on Aquaman’s past (including his outfit now being a prison uniform!). The art by Giffen, Curt Swan and Eric Shanower (layouts, pencils and inks, respectively) was stunning.
8. Justice League of America Annual #2
Gerry Conway had Aquaman pull off one of the more badass superhero moves of the mid-1980s. Sick of what he felt was a group of Justice Leaguers not willing to devote their full time to the League, Aquaman disbands the Justice League and reforms it with only those heroes willing to work full-time for the team. A shocking move for the Sea King (shortlived, true, and the result was JLDetroit, but in this Annual he was awesome).
7. Atlantis Chronicles #1-7
Peter David and Esteban Maroto gave us a thrilling tour through the history of Atlantis with this epic maxi-series that ended with the birth of Aquaman.
6. Aquaman #1-2, 0
Peter David finally got the chance to tell the ongoing adventures of Aquaman and right off the bat he made sure everyone knew that things were going to be a lot different in this series, as Aquaman loses one of his hands!! This Aquaman was noted for his rough attitude, but the result was an engaging, spirited adventure series (with great supporting characters, as this opening arc showed by featuring Aqualad heavily and re-introducing the awesomeness that is Dolphin).
5. Aquaman #1-4
The late, great Neal Pozner and Craig Hamilton spun this beautiful looking series that gave Aquaman his first solo series in years. In it, Hamilton debuted a brand-new costume for Aquaman. While it was a short-lived change for Aquaman, it was popular enough that a similar costume was later given to Aqualad when he became Tempest.
4. Aquaman: Time and Tide #1-4
With Atlantis Chronicles telling the story of Atlantis up until Aquaman’s birth, Peter David then picked up the tale from there with this new take on Aquaman’s early years. This set up a great many plots in Peter David’s upcoming Aquaman ongoing series. The art was by Kirk Jarvinen and Brad Vancata.
3. Aquaman #15-20 “American Tidal”
In this striking storyline, half the city of San Diego is sunken underwater with hundreds of thousands of its residents mysteriously mutated into being unable to breathe above water. Aquaman investigates (and also meets a new member of his supporting cast, a young woman destined to be the new Aquagirl) and eventually sets up shop in “Sub Diego” as his new homebase. Just like Batman patrols Gotham City, so, too, does Aquaman patrol Sub Diego! It was written by Will Pfeifer and drawn by Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy.
2. Aquaman #40-47 “The Search for Mera”
Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo began their acclaimed run on Aquaman with an epic storyline featuring Aquaman searching for his kidnapped wife while the supporting cast back home (Aqualad, Aquagirl and Vulko) are dealing with the machinations of an evil politician to use Aquaman’s absence to take over Atlantis! Skeates juggled the various sub-plots of these issues well and Aparo, well, Aparo is Aparo. He is great.
1. Adventure Comics #451-455, Aquaman #57-63
Likely the most famous Aquaman storyline of all-time, David Michelinie and Jim Aparo told the story of how the evil Black Manta killed Aquaman and Mera’s son and the effect that such an act (which was particularly shocking in the context of when it came – when few major characters died, and especially not BABIES, for crying out loud!) had on Aquaman, his wife and his life undersea. It was powerful enough that it soon launched Aquaman into his own ongoing series.
Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!