Geoff Johns’ New 52 run on Aquaman created a lot of iconic moments and stories for the character. Perhaps the biggest is “Throne of Atlantis,” pits Arthur Curry and the Justice League against his half-brother Orm, the new king of Atlantis. Orm believes that the surface world is a threat, and he launches a huge assault. The comic was adapted into the 2015 animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, and elements are featured in the Aquaman film.
Simply put, “Throne of Atlantis” is one of the best storylines in the New 52 era. It features strong writing from Johns and amazing artwork from Ivan Reis. The character interactions are on point, as Arthur’s allegiance is torn between Atlantis and the Justice League. The story is a defining moment in Aquaman’s history, and it gives readers a taste of the worst-case scenario: What if Atlantis and the surface world were enemies? Atlantis could easily wipe out the entire surface world, and if the wrong king is in command, the results would be catastrophic.
“Throne of Atlantis” works perfectly as both an Aquaman story and a Justice League story. While Arthur Curry and Atlantis are at the heart of it, the rest of the League is still heavily involved. It affects the DC Universe as a whole, and it works to set up future storylines, such as “Trinity War.”
Overall, “Throne of Atlantis” is a must-read for any DC Comics follower, especially if you are a fan of Aquaman.