I don’t know about you, but I have been ready for the Justice League movie since the old cartoon series. Seeing some of the biggest DC characters on screen at the same time makes the little kid in me light up. But, some of you may not know a whole lot about these characters. So, we are here to give you a little bit of that information. Let’s get started!
Arthur Curry, the Aquaman, is usually picked on as being a lackluster superhero. However, the King of Atlantis would disagree with you. He first debuted in “More Fun Comics #73” in 1941. So, he has been around for quite some time. Being half Atlantean and half human gives Aquaman an incredible array of powers and abilities to take his enemies down. Let’s take a closer look at these powers, his latest origin story, and what he is currently up to in the comics.
Powers and Abilities
As previously stated, Aquaman’s powers come from being part Atlantean. The King of Atlantis can breathe underwater, swim incredibly fast, has super strength, and super durability. Though most Atlanteans are incredibly strong, Aquaman seems to be Super-Atlantean, easily able to outdo the other members of his race. He can withstand the cold waters of the deep, as well as the pressure of the ocean with these powers. And, he has even been shown to withstand machine gun fire with little to no injury. But, his most recognizable power is definitely his ability to interact with sea life. Since 2011, the ability to telepathically communicate with marine life has been downplayed. Instead, we see Aquaman being able to add compulsions and needs into the mindset of these creatures, basically being able to control them.
New 52 Origin Story
In the 2011 reset of the DC Universe, known as the New 52 relaunch, we see Arthur Curry being treated as a lesser metahuman with less impressive abilities than those of his peers. We learn that Tom Curry, a human, had a child with Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis. He has been King of Atlantis for some time, but decides to return to leave the throne to return to the surface and help with the terrible treatment of the oceans. He meets up with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg during Darkseid’s invasion, and helps repel the attacks. Shortly after this, he becomes a founding member of the Justice League, and will do whatever it takes to help bridge the gap between Atlanteans and humans. If you want to read more, then grab the early issues of the New 52 Justice League or his solo series, Aquaman.
Currently in the Comics
Right now in the comics, Arthur Curry has lost the crown to King Rath. The story arc, known as “Underworld” is wrapping up. Crime lords control parts of the kingdom, while former terrorists now stand in as the Atlantean police! Whatever King Rath commands happens. However, whispers of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis bring hope to those in fear. The story line is currently wrapping up later this week. So, go ahead and pick up issues #25 to #30 of Aquaman Rebirth if you want to understand what is going on in his world!
Aquaman may have been a superhero punching bag for some time, but all of that will change with the new Justice League movie coming soon. Seeing him stand with Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and the others will be fun to see. And, personally, I am hoping that this movie exceeds expectations! So, if you want to learn more about Aquaman, then take some time and read his comics. Plus, you’ll be able to tell your friends all about the King of Atlantis when you go and check out the Justice League movie. Hail to the King, baby!
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