WARNING: The following article contains some minor spoilers for the upcoming Justice League/Aquaman crossover event “Drowned Earth, by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Howard Porter, Francis Manapul, Dan Abnett, Lan Medina and Frazer Irving, kicking off Wednesday, October 31 in a special 48-page one-shot
Aquaman has been experiencing a “rebirth” all his own this year, thanks largely to the release of the first trailers for his feature film, but the big screen isn’t the only place the aquatic superhero will spend time the limelight. On the comics front, DC announced at Comic-Con International that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha will be taking over Aquaman later this year, marking the first major creative shift in the title since the dawn of the Rebirth-era — but that’s not all.
In the upcoming Justice League event, “Drowned Earth,” Arthur Curry will find himself and his closest allies thrust into the front lines of a story that has cosmic consequences, not only for his position on the Justice League, but for the history of Atlantis… and Earth’s future.
In other words, there is a tsunami of change coming for the once and future Atlantean king in more ways than one. But what does that actually mean? Well, according to writer James Tynion IV, who will be handling the events book-ending Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 and #2 alongside artist Howard Porter, the time for some deeper looks at the Aquaman mythology are long overdue.
“We’re building off the version of Arthur that’s been existence, […] the character as he’s been in Rebirth but also the Geoff Johns run before that. I think Aquaman is a character for both Scott and I who really surprised us. There’s this richness and the depth because he’s tapped into the fantastic mythology of Atlantis, this he larger than life myth that’s a greater metaphor of this great society. But there’s also this cynicism there, in the fact that in the real world version of the story, the idea is that Atlantis was this great utopia and then it sank to the seas and died.”
“But in the DC Universe, when it sank into the sea, it turned inward,” Tynion continued. “It totally sealed itself off and got this really strong isolationism. So one of the big things that we wanted to ask ourselves is, how do you kind of rectify that dream of the original society in the midst of this current Atlantis, an Atlantis focused on isolation and secrecy. Then there’s Aquaman, who bridges these two worlds, like the legends of was Atlantis was supposed to be. The optimism and the dream of it would be the thing that’s still really appealed to him.”
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