The AV Club "confirms" Aquaman's a loser
Sorry, Aquaman. Looks like folks have a thing for Namor The Submariner. And Emma Frost, well... looks like she has her sights set on only one man of the sea. Maybe one day things will change!Even if this was just a joke, it's still not funny. In fact, no matter how much this was played for laughs, it could have a negative impact on Arthur Curry's reputation as a character, discouraging people from taking a look at Aquaman's past tales since the Golden Age. One of the commenters reacted by telling them:
I really hate the "Aquaman is a joke" as instant "fact" among comic geeks.I think he meant to say Arthur rather than "Orin", but let's let that slide for now. This makes me think of some important points to make, having read several of the Silver Age stories Stan Lee wrote in Tales to Astonish from the mid-60s, like how even Namor can talk to fish (as seen in issue 72, where he communicates mentally), and he's not entirely bulletproof: a small Colt.45 bullet might not affect him (and didn't in issue 84), but a larger one from a Magnum pistol or a machine gun has a better chance of injuring him, and indeed, there were times when Namor suffered injuries during that run (like in issue 79 where the National Guard shot at him, wounding his shoulder). And, when out of water too long, Sub-Mariner's strength could ebb, and only improved when he could get wetter again. So how can anybody make putdowns of Aquaman when Namor had some of the same powers and weaknesses? The answer must be that these people didn't read Namor either, nor do they have a high opinion on Sub-Mariner simply because Namor's never achieved the same high profile status Spider-Man's had.
Let's review: Super strong, near-invulenerable skin, the "has to be in water at least once an hour" thing was done away with long ago, can swim the ocean depths which means plenty of stamina for a fight and has shown no qualms about killing. He's smart and cunning and oh yes, he has every single land mass on Earth surrounded and is king of a high-tech city. And the "talks to fish" thing isn't that funny when he can have a pack of sharks on you in no time.
Namor is much the same but key difference is Orin doesn't let his ego and arrogance get the better of him so much, he's smart and willing to ask for help if need be. So Namor has Emma Frost? Big deal, Aquaman's wife is a hotter redhead who can control the oceans themselves. Put them head to head and Aquaman is the one who comes out on top.
And what's the big deal about Namor paired up with White Queen in the illustration they posted? We know who she is already: a reformed member of the Hellfire Club who later joined the X-Men as more of an ally. Wake us when a brand new babe is introduced for Namor to be mated with. For now, I'd be a lot happier if these phonies in the mainstream press would stop making jokes about 3rd tiers they probably wouldn't make about Spider-Man. It only takes away from the more vital questions about whether there's any good stories published for Aquaman, and in past decades, I'd say there were. And I've got a sad feeling the AV Club will never do a history retrospective on those famous Silver Age gems with Aquaman, so audiences could see something from olden days far more worth their time than what's been produced in the past 15 years.