Veteran writer John Ostrander, best known for his work on DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, will step in for Geoff Johns on May’s Aquaman #20, bringing with him artists Manuel Garcia and Sandra Hope, IGN.com reports. Johns and regular artists Paul Pelletier and Sean Parson will return with Issue 21.
“Those not familiar with John, he’s one of the comic greats — from Suicide Squad to The Spectre. Exciting to see him take on The Others,” Johns wrote on Twitter. “John has an excellent take on The Others, particularly The Operative, and he’ll be introducing a new member to the team.”
Originally solicited as a story about Aquaman’s right to the throne being put to the test, Issue 20 — which features a new cover by Pelletier, Parson and Rod Reis — now finds the superhero enlisting The Others to help locate a missing relic in the American Southwest before his enemies can get to it.
Ostrander, who created Grimjack with Timothy Truman three decades ago, made his DC Comics debut on the 1986-87 miniseries Legends, the launch pad for the publisher’s then-new takes on the Justice League, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and the Suicide Squad. It was while working on the latter series that he and his wife/frequent collaborator Kim Yale introduced Barbara Gordon’s new identity as Oracle. Ostrander’s credits also include Manhunter, Hawkworld, The Spectre, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter and Star Wars: Legacy.
Aquaman #20 goes on sale May 22.