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Geoff Johns to Write New ‘Aquaman’ Series for DC Comics

DC Comics’ Aquaman will once again star in his own ongoing series. The announcement was made over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida by the company’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who will himself write the new title. A longtime proponent of the much maligned king of the seven seas, Johns has made Aquaman the star of DC’s popular Brightest Day series. Via his Twitter feed, Johns confirmed that Aquaman #1 will go on sale later this year.One of DC Comics’ oldest and most recognizable superheroes, Aquaman is often not as revered by readers as the publisher would like. Aquaman’s ability to communicate with fish has inspired much abuse, including a memorable clowning by the Powerpuff Girls.

Most recently, Aquaman was — astonishingly — the victim of a second hand-severing. The character was famously relieved of his valuable appendage in a well regarded and long-running 1990s series written by Peter David. By way of continuity far too complicated to get into here, the King of Atlantis became whole again, only to lose the other hand in the pages of Brightest Day #20. Although the chain of events was decidedly dramatic, the circumstances did lend themselves to parody.

Geoff Johns has been slowly working his way through many of DC Comics’ most beloved but neglected icons and reinvigorating them with modern sensibilities that also display a strong reverence for the past. Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Booster Gold, Superboy, the Legion of Super-Heroes and the Justice Society of America are among the properties that Johns has returned to prominence. But given the character’s history as a punchline, Aquaman may prove to be Johns’ biggest revamping challenge yet.

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