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This article is part of the DC Database Recommended Reading project, a series of articles written by our editors. They are meant as a guide to help both new and old readers, either getting into comics for the first time or looking to read more on their favorites. These should not be taken as a definitive guide; obviously you can start wherever and with whatever you want, but they're some general suggestions that we think you might find enjoyable.


Aquaman is a well-known character in the DC Universe. Despite being a founding member of the Justice League of America, his reputation is somewhat complicated. Being honest here, casual readers tend to assume that he's sort of boring and lame. Aquaman is a very powerful and compelling character when written well. Aside from being one of the strongest men on the planet, in and out of water, his telepathy allows him to control entire armies of sea creatures, calling on the most deadly and fearsome beasts from the depths of the ocean. The weight of his position as ruler of the oceans is mighty, although he spends a lot of time on the surface, which is a difficult dynamic. Forever a man of two worlds who doesn't completely belong in either, he struggles to act as a champion in the fight against evil.

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