Sunday, August 31, 2014

World's Finest Comics #132 - March 1963

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Comics Weekend "The Fish in the Iron Mask" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

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Merdo says he needs a better host body than Topo's, and he's chosen Aquaman's to do the job! Not happy with that news, the Sea King tries to force the mask off Merdo, but it won't budge. Then Aquaman tries getting some whale pals to give it a shot, but:
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...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!


I am flat out declaring: Merdo the Wizard and his Helmet of Hate has to be brought back, period. Jeff Parker, get on this immediately!

Ramona Fradon was/is so wonderfully gifted at making even the silliest concept look cool. I mean, this is an octopus wearing a sentient, talking metal helmet, and I can't get enough.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aquaman (Vol.8) #34 - Oct. 2014

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Comics Weekend "Land and Sea" by Jeff Parker, Carlos Rodriguez, Bit, and Rain Beredo.

The conclusion to the Chimera story picks up where last issue left off, with Aquaman and the multi-tentacled, very icky monster locked in close battle:
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Aquaman has difficulty adapting to Chimera's ability to adapt, which unfortunately leads to the Sea King having to violently fend off attacks from some of his own finny friends. After punching two Hammerhead Sharks to death, Aquaman changes tactics and drags Chimera on land.

The battle rages there, too, with local newsmedia covering the event ("Obama's Fault"--Fox News). Getting Aquaman in a bear hug, Chimera peers into his opponent's mind, flashing them both back to an earlier era, where they assume the forms of their ancestors: a previous Atlantean king and the Karaqan. Chimera tries to play some mind games, but Aquaman breaks the connection, knocking Chimera into a nearby cracked tanker truck. When a flaming lantern touches the oil, Chimera go boom--excuse me, ZsshBaWhoooomm:
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Uh-oh! I think we're gonna see Chimera again! Aquaman needs to learn another lesson from Batman: always find the body.


My favorite element of this story was probably the newsmedia covering the battle; it helps continue the idea that Aquaman is no longer some weird, moody stranger to the Surface World. Rather, he's a superhero of the first order, someone that people think positively of, like they always did/do with Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Aquaman has spent so much of his history being antagonistic (at best) with others, and it's a big, welcome change for the New 52 version of our hero.

I was sorry to see that Paul Pelletier didn't draw this issue, he's been doing such great work that it would have been great to have him around for the conclusion to this storyline. Carlos Rodriguez does a good job, I have to say his constantly-squinting Aquaman reminded me a bit of the Joe Shuster Superman!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1080

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Jason Momoa as Aquaman Fan Art Part 2

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More Jason Momoa as Aquaman fan art! They all have their good points, but I have to say I really kinda like the Sword of Atlantis-y feel to the one at the uppermost top.

Now that we've seen live action shots of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, let's hope it won't be too long before we start getting glimpses of Dawn of Justice's version of Aquaman!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1079

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Secret Origins #5 - Oct. 2014

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Comics Weekend "The Mission" by Jeff Parker, Daniel HDR, and and Guy Major.

Since this review of Secret Origins #5 is going up so soon after it was published, we're going to avoid getting into too much detail on the plot, as not to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet. Aqua-Fans, you can proceed safely.
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This origin story starts in Xebel, with Mera undergoing training for her mission to come to "our" world and kill the King of Atlantis. While her father respects and trusts her, others in the kingdom are not so at ease: namely, Nereus, who wants to lead the mission and claim Mera as his bride.

Mera is sure of her mission, until she actually meets her target, who is not anything like what she has been told:
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Aquaman and Mera go on a sort of first date (awww!), and it becomes clear to her that her mission might not be completed for a long, long time.


I am absolutely thrilled that Mera is getting a solo story this soon into Secret Origins' run. This represents her new found prominence in the DCU, something that's been building ever since Blackest Night. The story of their first meeting is quite charming; Jeff Parker seems to firing on all cylinders right now when it comes to Aquaman!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1078

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International Covers Part 7

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More awesome international Aquaman covers from F.O.A.M.er Chance van Pelt!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1077

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Aquaman Meets The Great Rubber Duck

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Mego Aquaman spots something unusual in the ocean this morning...


(h/t: F.O.A.M.er Chris Franklin via The Mego Museum)



Aquaman Captain Action Mash-Up

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F.O.A.M. member and all-around good egg Ed Catto sent in this pic, from the Captain Action Facebook Page's "Monday Mash-Up" contest, where CA fans send in custom dolls made up of old and new parts. Even though this Aquaman looks kinda mad and ready for battle, it's obvious he's relaxing on some sort of beach chair and towel, so this is the Sea King on vacation.

Thanks Ed!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1076

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The Power Records Podcast, Episode 6: Spider-Man!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 6

This week it's all about one of Power Records' biggest stars, The Amazing Spider-Man! Earth-2 Chris and I take a listen to two exciting Spidey audio adventures, "Return of the Conquistador" and "The Mad Hatter of Manhattan."

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Opening and closing themes courtesy Peter Pan Records.

Thanks for listening! Drop the needle and turn the page!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

World's Finest #131 - Feb. 1963

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Comics Weekend "The Man Who Controlled Water" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman takes on a bad guy who can control water! After so many Adventure Sundays, I can't think of anything clever to say!
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Aquaman has his finny friends fin out and check out the entire area, looking for the professor's hideout. Meanwhile, the Sea King retrieves something from the mainland...

A Sea Lantern finds the professor in a nearby cove, and Aquaman and Aqualad head there, only to find him gone! Yet there are three giant water monsters headed out to sea:
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...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!


This story ends way, way too quickly! A guy who can manipulate the water and turn it into various creatures is a perfect villain for Aquaman, and while we've been through this before, I can't believe he was never brought back. Sure, he's not very imposing, but surely some future crook could find Professor Polloy's ray machine, rebuild it, and go on a crime spree?

Ramona Fradon does some of her best work here, the action scenes are a total delight to look at and Aquaman looks so wonderfully heroic. And that last panel with Polly cursing the heavens is too good for words.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Multiversity #1 - Oct. 2014

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"House of Heroes" by Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Nei Ruffino.

I normally avoid these multi-part "events", but the presence of the art team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado was enough to get me to check Multiversity #1 out. Especially when I knew one of the characters would be a certain orange and green sea king (er, queen).

As you might expect, this first issue universe hops (no Captain Carrot pun intended) back and forth, introducing new characters (Super President!) and revisiting old ones. As also expected, the dang thing looks beautiful:
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Aquawoman, Queen of Atlantis (from Earth-11, apparently) doesn't get a whole lot to do, but in a story this sprawling, this huge, I can only assume Morrison is saving her for later. And while she won't be drawn by Reis and Prado (since, as far as I understand, each issue of Multiversity will be done by a different art team), it was cool to see Aqua(wo)man by them again.
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