Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Aquaman Ongoing - More Details

In a follow-up to Aquaman getting his own series again, Newsarama has more details...
Geoff Johns clarified that his run later this year on Aquaman will be an ongoing series, and it will start after Flashpoint ends.

"It's been great to see the popularity of Aquaman," Johns said, referring to the fan response to his announcement at MegaCon on Sunday that he'd be writing an Aquaman series. "It's really cool to see all these characters get some attention for once."

Johns, who also serves as the chief creative officer for DC Entertainment, said the cast of the new ongoing series will include the characters that have been supporting Aquaman in Brightest Day.

"Mera will be a staple in the series. She'll be right next to Aquaman," he said.

Johns already added to Aquaman's supporting cast by introducing a new Aqualad in Brightest Day #10, coinciding with the same new Aqualad appearing in a new Young Justice animated series. The writer said the teenaged Aqualad is here to stay and will be important to the whole DCU.

"There are a lot of plans for Aqualad, not only in Aquaman, but throughout the DC Universe. He's become a pretty big character for us, which is great," Johns said.

After having died a few years ago in the comics universe, Aquaman was resurrected by Johns in the 2009 mini-series Blackest Night and has been starring in the bi-weekly Brightest Day, which finishes in April. Johns, who co-writes Brightest Day, hinted in a December interview with Newsarama that he would be writing the hero after the bi-weekly ended.

Out of all the characters the writer could choose for his next ongoing series, Johns chose Aquaman because he's enjoyed writing him so much in Brightest Day, "more than anybody," he said.

"I just know that there is a lot of potential in that character," Johns said. "I know there is untapped potential in that character and everything he's about. I love that everybody knows who he is, but they don't know a lot about him. And I just had ideas and stories for him."

But the writer said that even though people saw a "Johns-written Aquaman" in Brightest Day, that isn't necessarily the type of stories they'll be seeing in his new Aquaman ongoing series.

"There are a lot of things that will happen in the book that people won't expect," he said. "Brightest Day had a pretty straightforward superhero Aquaman story. That was to get him and Mera and Aqualad and Black Manta and everybody back on stage.

"But where we go in the book will surprise some people," he said.

Having first appeared in 1941, Aquaman has gone through some drastic changes as writers have tried to make him popular enough to sustain an ongoing series. The last ongoing Aquaman series, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, ended in 2007 with issue #57.

Johns said he's been interested in the character for a long time, and he compared his universe to that of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which Johns has ushered into a significant revival over the last six years.

"Aquaman lives in such a cool world," Johns said. "Where Green Lantern goes out away from the Earth, Aquaman goes to the depths of Earth, and there are a lot of things we've never explored. The depths of the ocean are a frontier. You see it on the Discovery Channel, that they discover a new species on the bottom on the ocean all the time, and it's a whole new world down there.

"And how does that relate to our world?" Johns added. "That's what I want to explore. I really want to find Aquaman's place in the DC Universe, but then also explore what he means within the rest of that world."

Newsarama recently explored Aquaman's potential and creators pointed toward the story potential of Aquaman's connection to environmental issues.

Johns agreed there's a "real issue there."

"Aquaman cares about that, and it's central to who he is," Johns said. "But you have to be careful not to be preachy."

Then he added that there's something happening in the DCU that could allow Aquaman to approach the issue. "There are some twists and turns coming up that involve some of that, but I don't want to get into it just yet," he said, then added, "I'll just say this: It's all about responsibility."
I'm certainly along for the ride and am dying to see where he takes the Aquaman Family! I echo his sentinment that all the Aqua-characters have been woefully underused. I can't wait for Flashpoint to be finished (and it hasn't even started yet!!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Aquaman is Back!!

This news comes from an article on CBR:
A new Aquaman series written by Geoff Johns will launch later this year in the wake of Brightest Day. The announcement was made Saturday at MegaCon during the DC Comics spotlight panel and confirmed last night by Johns.

“Announced at Megacon: After Brightest Day I’ll be moving over to a new book — Aquaman #1 coming later this year!!” he wrote on Twitter. It was not revealed whether the title is an ongoing or a miniseries, or who the artist will be.

It will be the seventh series for the 70-year-old character, who reached the height of his modern-era popularity in the 1990s under writer Peter David. The last Aquaman comic, subtitled Sword of Atlantis as part of a sweeping “One Year Later” retooling, was canceled in 2007, leaving the sea king dead. Or, rather, “dead,” as he was resurrected in DC’s Blackest Night event before going on to play a central role in Brightest Day.

Although Aquaman is often the butt of jokes, in large part due to his depiction in the Super Friends animated series, Johns has championed the character and his place in the DC Universe.

“I think Aquaman is one of DC’s A-List characters, but he’s got to be treated like that,” Johns told Comic Book Resources in December. “He’s got to be showcased like that, and he’s got to kick ass like Green Lantern or Batman or the entire Justice League.”
Please, please, let Ivan Reis be the artist! Whoooo-hoooo!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Legion of Super-Villains

By artist George Pérez!

And an updated version which more correctly identifies this version of the LSV.



Tonight was the season three premiere of Batman The Brave and the Bold and the first guest star of the season was Superman! Of course, you expect to see things like Luthor and Lois Lane to show up, but it's cool when things like the Bottle City of Kandor and the Fortress of Solitude make appearances! Ditto for Krypto, my favorite super-pet! It's some weird synchronicity that this episode aired shortly after posting the animated Aqua-pets wallpaper...


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aqua-Cave and Aqua-Pets

Because absolutely nobody demanded it!!

Storm, Sea Imp (or Imp for short), and Tusky, along with Mera's ride (who was never named) from the animated Aquaman by Filmation waiting a quick swim away from the entrance of the Aqua-Cave (art by Ivan Reis), ready to take their riders wherever they may need to go. I always loved how the cartoon seahorses' manes reflected their riders... Storm, for Aquaman, has a clean-cut mane, and Imp has the messy mane you would expect from a teenage boy like Aqualad, while Mera's mount has a classic up-do that most women would favor. Storm, Imp, and Tusky also appeared in the Aquaman comic. Mera rode a seahorse mount in the comics also, but it wasn't named, just like its animated counterpart. Tusky's most recent appearance was in the pages of the fifth Aquaman series Annual 03.


Monday, March 21, 2011


The Legion in Crisis by George Peréz!

And two of the players, Lady Quark and Pariah, also by Peréz!

This panel always seemed so cosmic to me... Expecting to arrive in the Earth-2 universe and realizing it doesn't exist any more.


Saturday, March 19, 2011


By artist Jim Aparo!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Two Thirds of the Marvel Family!


Legion Academy and Lightning

The Legion Academy by Phil Jimenez!

And T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent Lightning by Cafu!


Thursday, March 17, 2011


As rendered by artist Ivan Reis! Updated logo by me!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


From a recent 75th Anniversary variant cover from the current Flash series by artist Darwyn Cooke!


Wonder Woman

The return of the Wonder Woman we all know and love by artist Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau! Now that's a Wonder Woman! The text is a rework of the text used on the cover of Wonder Woman vol 1 178, which introduced the white pantsuit version of the character.


Friday, March 11, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

Featuring all incarnations of the team by artist supreme, George Pérez!


Legion of Super-Villains

The new LSV makes itself known in the 30th century!


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Young Justice Downtime

This week's episode featured Atlantis and the Aquaman family of characters! In fact, it was incredible how many they managed to get in:

Starting with Aquaman and Aqualad, the two characters we have already seen.

And you would expect to see Mera, Garth, and Tula, and weren't disappointed:

Black Manta sightings tend to run high as well:

Vulko and Orm (who isn't Ocean Master on Earth-16) are always welcome, if unexpected:

So the Earth-16 Ocean Master looks something like this:

And here are Lagoon Boy and Sheeva from the Erik Larsen run:

As well as Topo from the Kurt Busiek run:

That's ten characters, not counting Arthur Jr.! I think the show did a great job in showcasing Atlantis and was very impressed with what the creators did! Here's the immediate AquaFamily members (including the new Aqualad) once again:

And in case there was any doubt, Mera kicks ass on Earth-16 as well! Here she creates a hard water octopus for protection from Black Manta's manta men!


Saturday, March 05, 2011

Star Trek

I got these images from a couple of Star Trek books I really like. The first one comes from Worlds of the Federation featuring two animals from Vulcan, a Sehlat (Mr. Spock's boyhood pet) taking on a Le Matya, by Shane Johnson:

and the second comes from the Deep Space Nine Technical Manual by Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach, and Doug Drexler!


The Atom and Wildfire

The Atom by Asrar, Goldman, and Rocha!

And Wildfire from the Legion of Super-Heroes by Yildiray Cinar!