I think Johns is making a pretty good effort towards making Aquaman as cool as he can be. He does this mostly by giving Aquaman a villain to fight that’s scary and somewhat based in reality. The Trench is this horrifying race of sea people that ascended from the deepest, darkest place on Earth. They come from an oceanic trench, one of the lowest points on Earth, and they look like the bottom dwelling fish that you can see on a Discovery Chanel documentary. They have luminescent skin to provide their own light source in the absymal depths, they have translucent skin that allows you to see their brains like the barrel eye fish. The Trench have come to the surface looking for food, and they’ve found it in the form of innocent people.
By giving Aquaman a terrifying villain that eats human beings alive, Johns emphasizes the bad ass nature of Aquaman that has gone unnoticed for some time. Johns makes The Trench a scary antagonist and an enemy that’s not silly or laughable. In doing so, he makes Aquaman seem less silly and laughable as he fights these horrible monsters that eat people. I think it’s a very smart move to give Aquaman not only a new villain, but a new villain that is a frightening threat instead of a laughable, seahorse riding joke.
Overall, I enjoyed this comic. I do think that it was a little short, but I think that this new villain The Trench could be the key to making Aquaman cool. Geoff Johns is giving Aquaman a villain that’s scary yet also based on the real life concept of sea life living in extremely deep environments, and this frightening antagonist is exactly what Aquaman needs to lose his joke status. I would give this comic a chance if you’re interested in the possibility of Aquaman getting the respect he finally deserves and becoming an A-list superhero.