I’m not sure when Aquaman became sort of a joke in popular culture, but this new series should certainly be helping to redress that impression for anyone willing to give the comics a try. It openly acknowledges his status as one of the most ill-perceived heroes, having him mocked by other characters in the opening issues, yet then puts him up against the most scary monsters I’ve seen so far in the DCnU. The opening arc, which concluded with the fourth issue, pitted him against hideous monstrosities emerging from the depths of the blackest ocean trenches to drag humans below the waters for food, and they were, by comic book standards, terrifying. Ivan Reis’ pencils, Joe Prado’s inking and Rod Reis’ colouring all combine to create genuinely disturbing sea creatures, but then juxtapose these with the bold majesty of Aquaman. The storyline in itself also shows the titular hero trying to uphold his heroic ideals, with a firm moral grounding akin to that of someone like Superman, but with the ability to do what is necessary. I’ve never read an Aquaman title before, but this has rapidly become one of my surprise favourites of the reboot.