I'm not sure they are all necessary. I'm not sure ANY of them are necessary.
The dialog? Yes, dialog is necessary. But the bulk of the words in Aquaman #1 is crammed into a seemingly endless stream of voiceover boxes that the writer is trying almost desperately to use to convey all possible information and viewpoints about Aquaman (presumably for new readers).
There are a few problems with this approach.
- It's very distracting from the action (which is kind of cool, with Aquaman kicking the patooties of some Atlantean terrorists and then spending some downtime with Mera).
- The narrator (we discover at the end) is actually an unreliable (or at least biased) one. This undermines the validity of everything being said.
- In fact some of what's being said doesn't seem quite right. Particularly with regard to Mera.
- It skews the show/tell ratio and is mostly redundant. I think I could 'read' this entire comic without looking at any of the voiceover boxes, and still 'get it'.
I applaud the reintroduction of Atlantis's 'lower castes' as (sometimes terrorists) foes of the rapprochement with the surface world. It's a realistic problem and one that only Aquaman can deal with.
I decry the characterization of Mera as unfamiliar with surface culture and unwilling in her role as ambassador to it. This precisely NOT what was show in the previous two issues. She lives in New England; she should already know what 'chowder' is.
But Aquaman himself is in good character and I am looking forward to seeing where this renewed series goes.