Aquaman catches a lot of teasing — including from us — but he’s a good guy. The kind of fellow who will pull over his car and help a stranger with a flat tire — or possibly pull over his submarine, and instead of a flat tire, it’s a shiver of sharks (yes, shiver, that is the collective term) that want to eat you because you’re diving without protection .20000 leagues under the sea.
How are you able to do that without being crushed by more than 2/3 of a mile of seawater above you? We can’t even rest a bucket on our head without our neck getting cramped, and you’re joyriding in a shock of sharks? (Shock is also an acceptable collective noun for sharks. You live, you learn!) You are a badass!
But no, leave that question aside. Here’s a better one — you’ve got radar that can detect Aquaman from far away, but you didn’t scan for dangerous predators twice his size before jumping out there? Aquaman might be the hero of this book, but Coombs is the real star. Without superpowers, he is choke-holding Neptune and daring the sea to do something about it. We salute you, Coombs! In a world of supermen and omnipotent space-cops, you’re taking on the world with nothing more than your unstoppable spirit of adventure.
Jeff Parker writes this tale of fortitude and Paul Pelletier makes it look good:
Want more hard-boiled brutality? Check out The Private Eye and more in Nine More Comics for Hardcore Geeks.