|Aquaman: The Trench|
|Published:||September 2011 - February 2012|
|Creators:|| Geoff Johns|
The first collection of the new Aquaman series! The superstar creators from Blackest Night and Brightest Day reunite to take Aquaman to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! Collecting Aquaman #1-6!
Aquaman, having recently taken up residence in the Boston area, deals with the assumptions and prejudices the public have about him. Despite the general populace believing that he is useless and ridiculing him about the stupidity of his powers, he quickly proves their misconceptions wrong and demonstrates his authority. Back at Amnesty Bay, he tells Mera that he is completely abandoning Atlantis and wants to pursue a life together with her on land.
He is called in to deal with a waterfront attack by an underwater race of carnivorous monsters called The Trench who devastated a small harbor. During his investigation, the beasts return and they must fight off an invasion to protect the civilians. Successfully driving off the predators, he reaches the conclusion that they must've taken some captives alive to bring back to their home. To find clues about them Aquaman pays a visit to marine biologist Stephen Shin, the man who taught him how to use his powers and then tried to kill him. They take his guidance and descend into the Marianas Trench.
Discovering an entire underground civilization, they realize that the Trench are a dying species desperately trying to feed their children and queen. They live in an ancient Atlantean craft deep underwater whose inhabitants they seem to have killed long ago. Despite his reluctance to cause the extinction of an entire race, Aquaman has no choice and he seals them inside a volcano while Mera brings the captives to safety. Having saved the day, they return home. One of the police officers brings them a dog made homeless by the attacks; they decide to take him in and start calling him Aquadog.