Aquaman #41 kicks off a new direction with the DCYOU campaign. Do Cullen Bunn and Trevor McCarthy deliver a great start or not? Find out here!
I never really understood why Aquaman got so much bad press. His character is no sillier than many if not most other superheroes. He’s basically the same character as Namor over in the Marvel Universe, and the Savage Sub-Mariner gets way more respect. Maybe it’s because Namor always straddles that line between hero and villain. Maybe Namor just exudes a more potent sense of gravitas, but that can be blamed on whoever is writing Aquaman at the time, can’t it? Maybe it’s because of SUPER FRIENDS, wherein Aquaman was never given much to do except summon fish. Who can say?
A concerted effort has been made to portray Aquaman in the comics as a badass. This trend seems to be continuing, as preview for issue 41 of the sea king’s current series promises a new direction and new storyline, combined with a new, edgier look. I admit, I kinda dig it, and I’m kinda excited about the new story arc. We can expect to see the character both visually and thematically start to resemble Jason Momoa more and more as we get nearer the release of the new Batman/Superman movie. And for him to quickly switch back to his “vintage” look, if the movie tanks.