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Posted by inferiorego (25734 posts) - - Show Bio
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Last week, the creative team of Cullen Bunn, Trevor McCarthy, and Guy Major debuted their new direction for AQUAMAN, which just hit issue #41. With the new creative team came a new look and a new status quo for the character.

Before we delve into the actual issue, let's take a look at the character. Although a lot of people remember Aquaman as the King of Atlantis and a man wearing an orange shirt and green pants, the character has gone through more changes that stuck for a long period of time, moreso than most DC characters. Aquaman spent quite a bit of time, with long hair and a beard, with a hook hand. Aquaman also cleaned up his act and hand said missing hand made of mystical water. Right after that, he was a squid, that died, while his protege, Arthur Joseph Curry, roamed the seven seas with a sword. Then, the real Aquaman came back to life as a Black Lantern. Ok, the Black Lantern bit didn't stick long, but you get the point. Aquaman is a character that is always evolving and changing. Change is a big part of the makeup of this character, who doesn't fit in with humans and doesn't fit in with Atlantians.

There are a lot of changes here as well and they're thrown at Aquaman fans pretty quickly. It's a bit daunting and confusing, since the readers don't know the context just yet, but Bunn is setting the scene.

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First off, Aquaman doesn't have his traditional Trident. He's got a knife that turns into a trident, Sword of Omens style. Well, that's not the first change you'll notice. Arthur's complete look as changed quite a bit. Check it out.

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The traditional outfit is gone and it's replaced with something that is a mixture of a little bit of the old and whole lot more of the new. More than anything else, the top half of him has more of an Atlantian look that ever before, while still paying a bit of homage to the past. The gauntlets remind me of what Arthur Joseph Curry wore during SWORD OF ATLANTIS and the top matches that as well. His look and trident aren't the only changes though.

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It turns out that Atlantis is on the hunt for Aquaman and he's wanted (waaaanted!) dead or alive. We know some time has past between issue #40 and #41, but what could have Aquaman done that resulted in not just one, but numerous people from Atlantis hunting him down? We get some

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There's a whole bunch of people, from Atlantis, and they've been hidden away in the Amazon. It seems there's been a split with the Atlantian people: those who are loyal to whoever is in charge in the current regime in Atlantis, which may be Mera, for all we know, and those hidden away in the Amazon that are still loyal to Aquaman.

Aquaman did go in a very interesting direction and there's a lot of mystery as to how this all happened. Looks like we'll have to keep reading to find out how this all went down. What did you think of the new direction? Let us know.

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#1 Posted by SuperAdam (1168 posts) - - Show Bio

*Sees title*

"Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl."

*Clicks article.*

Thank goodness DC is still sane.

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#2 Posted by kfabz-23 (6135 posts) - - Show Bio

Favourite Aquaman design

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#3 Posted by Saren (27933 posts) - - Show Bio

Mat, I've noticed that on several of your articles the tagline sentence just ends without any punctuation mark. It's not a big deal, but it drives my pedantry crazy and my eye keeps twitching for a while.

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#4 Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (9086 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep still Aqualame...

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#5 Posted by tensor (8505 posts) - - Show Bio

I like it a lot. We know the spear controls the weather but watching him use it in battle was epic. He is a bit rash in someways which I like.

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#6 Posted by BlackWind (9791 posts) - - Show Bio

@tensor: When did it control weather? O.O

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#7 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio

@tensor: It's funny how this weapon is more powerful than his previous trident, which was supposedly a legendary item.

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#8 Posted by tensor (8505 posts) - - Show Bio

@blackwind: In DC sneak peek he use Earth,Lighting and Ice

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#9 Posted by Fallschirmjager (23432 posts) - - Show Bio

Its not exactly a new direction, Aquaman on the outs with Atlantis and Mera. And I'm not sure Bunn has the character down right. I don't think he was massively OOC, but I agree with other users that he didn't sound quite right.

Still, Bunn has been one of my favorite writers of late so I trust him for now.

I hate the art though. WTB the guy who did the Convergence interiors, plx.

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#10 Posted by QuinnoftheStoneAge (3663 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmm I should give this a try

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#11 Posted by JTMac005 (950 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't care for the new look. Purple clashes hard with the green and orange pants. if Garth/aqualad isn't introduced soon, I shall be dropping this one...

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#13 Posted by donmeca2020 (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

Ehhh bring back the beard,long hair and hook hand.

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#14 Posted by rocketraccoonthingy (8996 posts) - - Show Bio

*Sees title*

"Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl."

*Clicks article.*

Thank goodness DC is still sane.

LOL

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Why does he look like Christ Hemsworth? Aha! DC must be planning something.......... >:-D

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#15 Edited by Vitalius (5172 posts) - - Show Bio

@jtmac005: He was on sneek peek so he will appear soon. But most important is if DC has plans to bring back Titans now that 05 Titans already fully exist and made their debut.

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#16 Posted by tensor (8505 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun: Different direction of how it is use and display in the comic. It should have been along these lines. That is what we expect.

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#17 Posted by Webhead_99 (555 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd have preferred Moore writing it, and turning Aquaman into a heroin addicted jazz critic who's not water-related.

I mean, I don't read the words. I just like when he punches people!

Whoever catches the reference gets a cookie.

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#18 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

I like how his trident transforms.

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#19 Posted by AriesWarlock (260 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't like that old Mera costume. The one without the sleeves is better.

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#20 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

He kinda reminds me of planet hulk cap.

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#21 Posted by Anjales_II (1026 posts) - - Show Bio

The new look is very similar to the look Aquaman will have in the DCCU...just sayin.

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#22 Posted by daingermouz20 (312 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll probably buy about 5-6 issues. Just to see what's up. My gut feeling is not good. I thought the New 52 Aquaman was great. Great writing and great art. Why go change him so drastically. Why screw up what has proven to be successful?

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#23 Posted by daingermouz20 (312 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll probably buy about 5-6 issues. Just to see what's up. My gut feeling is not good. I thought the New 52 Aquaman was great. Great writing and great art. Why go change him so drastically. Why screw up what has proven to be successful?

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#24 Posted by StMichalofWilson (5631 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty cool look. Wish the top was more orange though.

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#25 Posted by JTMac005 (950 posts) - - Show Bio

@vitalius: yeah. Hopefully when Donna Troy is pardoned for her actions in Wonder Woman and she becomes a hero, and Grayson becomes nightwing again, they could have a Titans series. With Nightwing Donna Troy maybe Wally west arsenal and aqualad. Plus could swap cyborg raven starfire or beast boy with any of them. If Scott lobdell or Brett booth is involved though I will ignore it. Geoff johns and Jason fabok would be cool

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#26 Posted by skyroid (2646 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh thank goodness,i thought they were gonna turn him into a girl for full diversity stuff....

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#27 Posted by Cream_God (15519 posts) - - Show Bio

*Sees title*

"Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl. Please don't be a girl."

*Clicks article.*

Thank goodness DC is still sane.

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#28 Posted by BlackWind (9791 posts) - - Show Bio

@tensor: I saw the ice and a little water that kicked up when he teleported. But I'm not convinced that was lightning and not just energy. That said I didn't see any earth manioulation.

I won't hold my breath because I'm not impressed by the new Trident.

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#29 Posted by Cap10nate (3629 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been behind on the DC titles that I follow with Aquaman being one of them. Did Convergence change anything for the direction or are the events of 41 a result from what had been going on in the title up until then?

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#30 Posted by LordDarkFox (126 posts) - - Show Bio

@8008s: Or a drunk hobo whit demon blood inside him.

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#31 Posted by Toratorn (7275 posts) - - Show Bio

@8008s: Simpsons? I saw that on TV Tropes somewhere.

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#32 Posted by kfabz-23 (6135 posts) - - Show Bio
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#33 Posted by Farkam (12036 posts) - - Show Bio

Ehh not interested in this arc at all. Oh well :]

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#35 Posted by mrBlonde (58 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish DC would've changed their characters gradually and organically rather than immediately and drastically changing everyone right after loud burp that was Convergence. Did all the heroes (sans Batman) come together and decide, all at the same time, that they should drastically alter their costumes? I'm not saying the new Aquaman look-- and even most of the new looks-- are bad (I actually really like this new design) but it could've been handled better.

Oh and now Aquaman is a fugitive? Kinda annoyingly similar to Hal Jordan being a fugitive and having what seems to be the same story with a space twist.

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#36 Posted by Dr_Cheesesteak (270 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm always open for changes. I don't mind these.

I don't like Aquaman's "voice" written by Bunn, though. Much too meatheadish and generic.

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#37 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (7657 posts) - - Show Bio

Not feeling this "new" direction other than the Sword of Omens style Trident. Aqua..Aqua..you know the rest.

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#38 Posted by Pokeysteve (12021 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm avoiding all comics that have "new direction" attached to them.

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#39 Posted by AbdullahZubair (1039 posts) - - Show Bio

I havent read dc comics for like 6 months, as i was saving up my money, i think it is time to get back into them. Wont read the new look for a long while, he does sound rather hulkish (all smash, no brains)

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#41 Posted by SirNeko (4396 posts) - - Show Bio

New weapon looks good, new style looks lame. He looked majestic like a king before, like he is supposed to look. Now he looks like a thug from underwater.

First Superman, now Aquaman? What is with DC turning all the popular characters to thugs?

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#42 Posted by Dernman (26046 posts) - - Show Bio

@jtmac005: Dick wont be Nightwing for a looooooooong time. From what I hear the book is selling well.

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#43 Posted by kidchipotle (15763 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the issue

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#44 Posted by comic_shaun (73 posts) - - Show Bio

Solid new issue. Change in direction is alright, potential for great conflict. Wish Bunn and McCarthy all the best with it. Won't be picking it up , pull list is too large atm due to Secret Wars......will wait for the trade.

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#45 Edited by Kygamer92 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

@lone_wolf_and_cub: Have you read new 52 aquaman series. If you had then you know he is not lame.

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#46 Posted by kfabz-23 (6135 posts) - - Show Bio

How long will this arc be?

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#47 Posted by Jacthripper (14983 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh

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#48 Posted by wbr17 (3516 posts) - - Show Bio

meh

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#49 Posted by JTMac005 (950 posts) - - Show Bio

@dernman: regardless of sales, I see him going back to nightwing within 2 years. Or back as batman. I liked him as batman with Damian as robin. Such an interesting duo. Should have lasted longer

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#50 Posted by Chimeroid (9267 posts) - - Show Bio

@blackwind: earth

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lightning

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I gotta ask, where is this from? I am a newb to internet teasers as far as comics go. And it was not in the chapter.