Current Aquaman News


Monday, October 29, 2007

More Links

Dave Van Domelen includes a rant on Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #57.

The Comic Treadmill on Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #57.

Scipio on Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #57.

The Shrine reviews Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #57 and then Interviews Tad Williams.

Fish that can survive for months in a tree. Hmmm.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cheers To Tad!

I didn't think anyone could possibly wrap the current Aquaman storyline up to my satisfaction... but Tad did it. So, maybe it's not the note I wanted the series to go out on, but it tied the entire series together, fixed a couple of continuity problems, set the Sword of Atlantis on a quest, and left the character open for other uses as well.

Now... is the Sword of Atlantis going to be in Outsiders, or not? I'm getting definite "NOT" vibes from DC.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007


The Comic Treadmill on Aquaman.

May 22nd is National Maritime Day.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #52 Out Today

Aquaman #52 Cover


Monday, May 07, 2007

Counter-Aquamanifesto - A Nasty Rant

Whine whine whine. That's all I'm hearing from Aquaman fans right now. "Bring back the real Aquaman!" Whine. "I don't like change!" Whine. "Come on, DC, let the writers bring Aquaman back!" Whine.

Are any of you actually reading the book? I mean, really reading it? Has it completely escaped your notice that Orin, the original Aquaman, IS the focus of the book? Oh sure, the surface reading would indicate that Arthur Joseph is Aquaman... but look who MADE him into Aquaman. And look who was guiding him while trying to figure out reality for the whole length of the book so far. And who is the focal point, the only real force, in Atlantis? I'll give you a hint, it's not Artie Joe.

It was clear to me during Busiek's run that, while Arthur Joseph was being groomed to be another weapon for Aquaman, Orin was still the main character of the book. Arthur Joseph is not Aquaman... he's the sword of Atlantis. An extension of Aquaman.

And while Tad is not going in exactly the same direction, he's still holding on to the initial concept. Aquaman is still Aquaman. Arthur Joseph is a Sword, a weapon, and he is not and will never truly be Aquaman (though he will always be AN aquaman).

I know for a fact that Kurt never intended for Arthur Joseph to completely replace Orin. I talked enough with Tad about the subject that I have great confidence in what he's doing as well. I can't understand this utter disrespect for these writers, who are professionals in every way and know exactly what they are doing (with the blessing of the editors, not as the editors' slaves).

C'mon people, LET THE FREAKIN' STORY PLAY OUT!!! STOP WHINING THAT THINGS AREN'T PERFECT NOW! Has it ever occurred to any of you folks that maybe there is a story to be told here, and that if you WAIT UNTIL THE END, maybe you'll get all you want? I know, decompression in storytelling has made waiting for the end of a tale difficult... but good grief, people. You act like you all want to go back to the Silver Age RIGHT NOW. It's not going to happen. The story is going to take some time to tell. If you want Silver Age Aquaman, go buy the Showcase volume and stop whining.

And, frankly, I'm really enjoying this book. Perhaps that's because, unlike the whiners, I fully expect Orin to be Aquaman again eventually. Perhaps my tiny bit of possibly misunderstood inside information has made me immune to the fear. Perhaps it's because I've seen Orin as the focus of the book all along, despite the apparent change in main characters. I don't know, but I really like the book, and for the first time in ages I'm extremely interested in seeing what happens next.

And part of that is because you can't have a good story without conflict, and THIS conflict is finally something more interesting than yet another battle with Black Manta. The conflict of being. The conflict of identity. I'm thrilled with it. And I'm disappointed that so many fans aren't reading the same story I am. And I'm really disappointed that so many fans seem to think that the writers don't know what they are writing. That's the worst insult of all, and the whole reason behind this rant.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Aquaman #51/WWIII - Initial Thoughts

Aquaman 51:

I love the cover. Love it. I wanna see lots more covers with that much style. The colors are just wonderful.


Is it just me, or has McManus elogated faces even more in this issue? Still, good artwork overall.

Justice League cameo!

The interior coloring seems ragged. Especially Arthur's eyes. What's up with that? Printing error?

Who is the mysterious Narwhal? Hmmmm.

Lorena's back! Yay!

World War III:

Um. That's it? That's the whole reason? Wait... we don't know how he lost his memory yet. And he was in 52 Week 39 looking a LOT different than he did in this mini. Where are the continuity cops when you need them?

How did Lorena help against Black Adam, eh?


Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #51 Out Today


Friday, April 06, 2007


Grumpy Old Fan on OYL titles, including Aquaman.

Las Vegas Weekly on Novelists writing Comics.

DC Comics Presents #48 at the Aquaman Shrine. Also: Super Friends Coloring Book, Boxer Shorts.

The good ol' days: Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Have a Whale of a Day.

Mark's Marine Life Series: Baleen.

Haircare with Aquaman week: Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007


I've been busy off playing at the Emerald City Comicon, so I haven't been updating the links like I should. This has led to a lot of missing links. Here they are:

The Aquaman Shrine shows off Super Friends Paint By Numbers, 1974 Wonder Bread Card, Ohio Jaycees Pin, Official Adventures of Aquaman LP, Aquaman Thank You Card, and remembers Artie Jr's Birthday.

More Comic Treadmill Aquaman goodness.

The Continuity Blog loves Tad Williams' Aquaman.

Newsarama quotes the Legion of Doom's criticism of Tad Williams... I think they have never met the guy or talked with him, because he's a fanboy and surely does understand his audience, as he's PART OF IT. Still, an interesting critique, if flawed by assumptions on the part of the Legion.

Speaking of, Tad Williams' page now has a limited Aquaman section. Only a solicit there, so far, but might be a place to watch.

Scipio gives us Haircare with Aquaman week: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

The Navy wants Dolphins to patrol Puget Sound, and both The Seattle Times and The Seattle P.I. report on objections to the plan.

Goldfish survive in a Deep Fat Fryer.

CSI Atlantis.

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Monday, March 26, 2007


The Aquaman Shrine Interviews Dan Mishkin

More Reviews: Comic Overload and Shelly's Comic Book Shelf.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Call For Review Links

I confess, I've been under the weather the last couple of days, so I haven't gathered up a collection of reviews for Aquaman #50 like I meant to. If you've reviewed the book, or spotted a review (positive or negative, doesn't matter), put a link in the comments and I'll try to add it to this list:And also, be sure to check out Scipio's 50 Reasons to Buy Aquaman #50 and my own Who's Who in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Who's Who - Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50

Scipio has 50 Reasons to Buy Aquaman #50.

All I can offer is this:


Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50 comes out TOMORROW! Make sure you hit your local comic shop and buy a copy.

Scipio has more house rules to play Aquaclix with Heroclix figures.

This sea slug needs to show up in an Aquaman panel.

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Monday, March 12, 2007


More Aquaman Shrine: Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis Ad. Yeah, I think I posted that at some point, too. I like it. I liked the book, too, and can't wait to see it finished.

And The DC Superheroes Super Healthy Cookbook. Oh man, I really want this. I think I had it as a kid, even (though I suspect I only had the pull-out sample that earth 2 chris mentions in the comments). I wonder if it's still in one of my boxes somewhere? Man. I really wish I had one of these. I'm going to have to hunt eBay once I have money again.

The Comic Treadmill continues to cover Aquaman in Adventure Comics.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sunday Question

What did you think of Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #49?

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #49 Came Out

Aquaman #49 came out yesterday, have you got your copy yet? This is the final Kurt Busiek issue.

Aquaman #49 Cover

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Preview of Aquaman #49

Mike Manley has some layouts from Aquaman #49 up on his blog, go take a look. Aquaman #49 comes out this Wednesday.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Showcase Presents: Aquaman Volume 1

Aquaman Showcase Vol 1

When they say "Over 500 Pages of Comics!" they aren't kidding! This is a fantastic collection of Aquaman tales, starting with Aquaman's first Silver Age origin in Adventure Comics #260 and finishing with Aquaman #6, covering May of 1959 to December of 1962. Most of the artwork is by the two classic Aquaman artists, Ramona Fradon and Nick Cardy.

At $17 for the entire package of 49 stories (including a Lois Lane tale, a Green Arrow story, and a Jimmy Olsen yarn) it's a bargain. While I prefer reading these stories in color, the B&W format is fine with me if it allows more people to read these fun stories. If you want some solid Silver Age Aquaman, go buy this book!

Out now at all good bookstores. ISBN: 978-1-4012-1223-0

(And then write to DC: Dan Didio, Executive Editor, DC Comics, 1700 Broadway, New York NY 10019 and ask for a reprint of Aquaman's Golden Age tales.)

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Links and Reminders

Reminder: Smallville's Justice Episode Airs Tonight. Featuring Aquaman. You heard it here last.

Aquaman's cover gets a nod in Judging DC's April Books By Their Covers.

The Aquaman Shrine has An Interview with Paul Kupperberg. Go. Read.

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #48 came out yesterday! Everyone go buy it and tell what you think!

Aquaman #48 Cover

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Aquaman #47 and Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis Collection Out Today

Aquaman #47 and the Sword of Atlantis collection, Once and Future, both arrived in comic shops today. Go get 'em!

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #46 is Out

I still haven't gotten my copy, the snow and a UPS/Diamond mix-up have resulted in my local shop not getting new books yet this week. But I've had confirmation from a couple of sources that it's out. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Aquaman #45 is OUT TODAY!!

My shop doesn't open for another 3 1/2 hours, so to keep me occupied until then, here are some links:

Tad Williams' Website. Tad Williams on Wikipedia. Tad Williams Bibliography. Tad Williams talks Aquaman.

AquaChicken. AquaChicken vs Doctor Octopus.

Originally found in 2000, archaeologists are finally getting a good look at a Roman shipwreck. Too bad Aquaman wasn't around to help excavate it and protect it from those pirate scuba divers.

Aquaman goes green! Ok, it's not Aquaman, it's Adrian Grenier, who played Vince on Entourage, who played Aquaman in the fictional movie on Entourage, but a link is a link, and this one looked fun.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Shipped This Week

Justice League Unlimited #26


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #44 Out Today

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #44


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Aquaman Related Books Shipping Today

JLA: Classified #26 will be out today, and definitely features Orin as Aquaman.

Action Comics #842 is also out today, and features Arthur Joseph.

Justice #7 is out today and apparently Aquaman is back in action.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #43 Out Today

Aquaman #43 Cover

Mmmmm good.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Aquaman #42 Out Today

Aquaman #42