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jedibanner 4/6/2011 5:23:54 AM

I'm no fan of DC but, Aquaman is probably one of the few characters I don't mind and might be looking into this new series.

The art will also make a big difference on this decision because, I like when both the writers and artist are very good, it's rare these days. You either get one or the other.

Time will tell I guess...

Bryzarro 4/6/2011 5:52:00 AM

 I'm also hoping they can make a decent series for Auquaman.  I thought his part in Brightest Day was pretty good.  And by losing a bunch of his supporting role in Blackest night this could be a good launching point to get him rolling again.

okonomiyaki4000 4/6/2011 6:46:06 AM

 Aquaman's story in Brightest Day was lame but then everything about Brightest Day is lame. I don't see much hope for the character and I don't see what's the big deal with Geoff Johns. I've tried to give DC a chance but practically everything I've read from them is junk. 

Wiseguy 4/6/2011 6:56:54 AM

I hated what they did with Aquaman in "One Year Later" and the entire Dweller of the Depths. Then DC added the alternate universe aquaman late which IMO is the thing I hate the most of DC, the aternate universe. Well not so much the alternate universes but the way they use it. And of course Blackest Night and Brightest Day allowed for some resetting

Anyway yes, I'm all for them getting Aquaman back on board and paying him the respect he deserves. Hopefully Johns can do it. Like Chad said Aquaman has been a main stay for me ever since his appearances in Superfriends, he is tattooed in my brain and heart as one of the big guns :)  And as original JL'er he needs to be treated accordingly.

8man 4/6/2011 7:56:47 AM

Aquaman is a great character with a rich history and fantastic mythos.  The problem is when comic books are selling for between $2.99 and $4.99 people who aren't fabulously wealthy have to make choices on what they buy.

Most of the time they'll opt for Spider-Man, Batman and X-Men.  That leaves characters like Aquaman out in the cold.

 

goldeneyez 4/6/2011 8:04:49 AM

 I think I'm one of those that don't really care about Aquaman in a good way or bad way, however, I don't dismiss the character because it's cool to do so.  Part of the problem with Aquaman is the perception that the Superfriends cartoons of the 70s and 80s gave him (not to mention the 60s cartoons).  It made people think he could only talk to fish and breath underwater and they seem to have forgotten that he also had super strength and all the good things that ocme with that high endurance, etc.

I'm 100% in agreement with Chad that there is no such thing as a bad character.  Put in the right hands a bad character can turn out pretty good.  I'd give the example of Jar Jar Binks.  Paul Dini wrote an episode of Star Wars the Clone Wars titled Bombad Jedi & it was a really good episode and did some damage control to Jar Jar's character...

Geoff Johns is a good writer.  He's not my favorite because I don't like the direction he's taking DC currently with Brightest Day & trying to bring back the Silver Age, however, I don't begrudge him that he is talented and a lot of people like his work, he's just not my cup of tea.  Hopefully he can do somehting cool with the character of Aquaman.

Tevii 4/6/2011 8:15:08 AM

I think the Aquaman segment in Brightest Day is really the only interesting thing IN Brightest Day .

When you talk about Aquaman's untapped potential, you cant be more correct. You can get a great taste of his potential in Brave and the Bold #32 written by J. Michael Straczynski.  It really shows in one issue how epic the stories around the character could be.

I love Johns writing but Im not sure they will delve into the character that way though. The current trend at DC seems to give each member their own team -  Batman Inc, The Flash Family, GL Corps (of course), so Im expecting Mera, Aquaman, Aqualad to work very close together and maybe see them revive Tempest and Aquagirl and so they could have The Aquatic Aggregation or something stupid.

Bryzarro 4/6/2011 8:35:37 AM

 Good point Tevii........never really saw that pattern developing like that within the DCU.

jedibanner 4/6/2011 11:13:43 AM

Sometimes, when you think about it (like tevii did), the whole ''familly'' of one type of heroes is not helping the growth of the character. I loved Captain Marvel (DC....and he could beat Superman to a pulp)  but he started getting so many little kids here and there, same thing with Flash and GL. If the same thing happens with Aquaman, I won't care about him and his 1347574567814258756 servents and wives and kids (yes I know he doesn't have that many).

I have not read Brightest Day so, can't talk about what they've done to the character but still...

Tevii 4/6/2011 11:54:27 AM

@jedibanner - YES! Ive always preferred Captain Marvel and thought he'd beat Superman. I think Marvel has a cool costume too. An i think your right. The more characters can mean more drama, but it doesnt really give the main character room to grow.

I think, just like in the 80s when Xmen comics were really getting big, everything went mutant at Marvel so they could capitalize. Now with the huge success of Green Lantern and the Corps, DC is kinda doing the same thing. They are just trying to find the winning formula.... It works with GL, but Batman will NEVER work like that.

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