The 25 Best Comic Books Of 2012 (So Far)

19. Aquaman (DC Entertainment)

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reiss and Joe Prado

After accomplishing the seemingly impossible task of making Aquaman a certified badass, Geoff Johns fully earns our endorsement if he were to run for President in 2012. If he can resurrect the career of a dude whose only real super power is communicating with fish, then we’re sure he can do wonders for our country.

By giving the character a gruffer personality and an endearing supporting cast, Johns has proven that the key to revitalizing a failed title is to go back to the basics. This means providing solid stories centered on characters that readers can relate to. This approach gives the title a clean consistency that doesn’t get bogged down in unapproachable mythology and back-story.

Helping bring Johns’ script to life is the art by Ivan Reiss and Joe Prado. Their work here brings a wide-screen, cinematic flavor to Aquaman’s world and gives the character a fierce look that he never had before. Currently, we’re still in the middle of “The Others” story that features Johns’ reintroduction to the villainous Black Manta.

We’re confident that Johns, Reiss, and Prado can continue pulling off the impossible by bringing us more must-read Aquaman stories every month. That sentence shocks us, too.

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