11Access to The Clear
As previously mentioned, Aquaman's most widely recognized superpower is communicating telepathically with marine life... so to speak. While most people misconstrue how his powers work, people also make the mistake of underestimating how powerful his control is over the sea.
Prior to the New 52 reboot, Aquaman once possessed the ability to tap directly into The Clear, a primordial force that binds all life in the sea and provides ocean-themed heroes with their superpowers, similar to how the Force works in Star Wars. Interestingly, there is also a governing body, known as the Parliament of Waves, who preside over The Clear.
By harnessing the power of The Clear, Aquaman's telepathy was augmented, thus allowing him to communicate with and summon sea creatures from the other side of the planet. It allowed him to form a universal consciousness with all life in the sea, even enabling him to see through their eyes.
Aquaman may be the strongest character in the sea, but he's certainly not the strongest on land. In fact, most comic book readers consider him to be the weakest among the core Justice League members -- but that could not be further from the truth. Aquaman has demonstrated a unique set of skills and superpowers when combating enemies and has even shown the ability to go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel. But how strong is he really?
The average Atlantean is able to lift up to two tons, significantly more than the average human. Aquaman possesses superhuman as well as super-Atlantean strength, displaying the ability to lift in excess of 100 tons. However, in one instance Aquaman managed to throw a transatlantic ocean liner (weighing approximately 160,000 tons) across a great distance. As with most of his other powers, his superhuman strength is determined by how hydrated he is.
Anyone who has read comics or seen a comic book movie can attest to the fact that comic books tend to have complex, convoluted, and intricate storylines. One such story arc, in particular, JLA: The Obsidian Age, involved Aquaman and Atlantis being sent 3,000 years back in time, where they were ultimately enslaved by the League of Ancients.
Of course, the Justice League discovered their fellow Leaguer's disappearance and traveled back in time to rescue him. When they arrived, they learn that the sorceress Gamemnae had trapped Aquaman's consciousness in a pool of water. After freeing the rest of the future Atlanteans, the Justice League launched their final assault on Gamemnae.
Their efforts proved fruitless, though, for she reappeared in the future -- and she attempted to enslave the world by causing a global drought. In order to stop her, Zatanna channeled Aquaman's consciousness into the oceans. Aquaman quite literally became a living body of water, and he used his newfound power to defeat Gamemnae.
8Superhuman Hearing and Sonar
One of the most common superpowers in the comic book world is superhuman strength, which Aquaman exhibits, but another is superhuman hearing. Some characters are defined by their level of hearing, like Superman and Daredevil. However, there are those, like Aquaman, who are capable of hearing the faintest of sounds when they are in their own environment. In Aquaman's case -- the sea.
Being a superhuman, Arthur Curry possesses superhuman senses, such as enhanced sight (which we've covered), smell, and of course, sound. However, since he's also an Atlantean, his senses have been exponentially amplified, so much so that he has developed a form of sonar and can even hear the heartbeat of someone inside a submarine.
Furthermore, his sonar senses have allowed him to react to nearby enemies by detecting water movement, though we expect this ability to come in handy when his enhanced vision is rendered ineffective at substantial depths.
Along with superhuman strength and superhuman senses, perhaps the most common and sought after superpower in the comic book world is the power of flight. Popularized by Superman during the Silver Age of Comics, countless superheroes -- in both DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- have since gained the power of flight, including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and surprisingly, Aquaman.
It's been contentious whether or not Aquaman can actually fly, especially since he's an aquatic-themed superhero. Why would he need to fly, and how would he even do so? Those are two questions that come to mind when thinking about the notion of Aquaman flying.
However, thanks to being blessed by Poseidon, the God of the Sea, Aquaman has since gained the power of unaided flight in the recently formed Prime Earth -- the universe created as a result of Flashpoint and the New 52 reboot. Despite having the highly-coveted superpower, he's only displayed the ability on a few occasions.