Aquaman #6: A Return to What the Superhero Means

This one-issue focus on Mera, Aquaman’s wife, gets at the core of why superheroes were invented. They’re revenge fantasies, an appeal to the idea that if only we were more powerful, we could right wrongs and bring evildoers to justice.

Aquaman #6 cover

At the local grocery, there’s a slob of a manager who hits on the stockgirl, can’t keep his hands to himself, and doesn’t understand what “no” means when a woman says it. He’s exactly the kind of character you’re rooting to see learn a painful lesson, so when Mera breaks his arm because he won’t stop touching her, you’ll be glad to see it.

The way Aquawoman copes with the police officers who then want to arrest her, not him, is clever, as is her use of her abilities to demonstrate just how powerful she is, even on dry land. I’m not so fond of the history of Mera as pawn, rejected by her father because she won’t be used as a weapon, but at least this issue has a kind of happy ending in a new friendship.

I haven’t checked out what male reviewers have said about this issue, but I wonder if they reacted the same way. I suspect many readers may not realize how realistic a type the manager is, an average guy who thinks of himself as much more special than he is and believes the rules don’t apply to him, especially when it comes to not having to listen to what any woman says.

Sometimes, I just want to see a superhero giving the wrong types what for. That’s what I got in this issue, and it was satisfying.


2 Responses to “Aquaman #6: A Return to What the Superhero Means”

  1. James Schee Says:

    I really have enjoyed Mera a lot so far, and this issue highlighted her well. It does remind me a bit of Morrisons Action Comics #1, with the hero standing up for what’s right. Hopefully she doesn’t change in that regard, unlike Action Comics has since that story where it went to being same old Superman.

    The Aquaman series has been surprisingly fun so far for me. This is the first time where I actually like the character and his cast. I’d liked some of Peter David’s run way back, but didn’t like the characters much even during it.

    It is strange to me how Geoff Johns can be so good on these small stories like he’s done here with Aquaman, and his Booster Gold run. (the early part of his GL current 52 run has been good too I guess)

    Then so bleh, at least for me, in the bigger stuff like Justice League and War of the Green Lantern, Flash etc.

  2. Dean Peterson Says:

    Y’know Jo…she really wishes you would stop calling her “Aquawoman”. Just sayin’ is all….

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