Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Itty Bitty Aquaman

F.O.A.M. member emeritus Russell Burbage sent me a package the other day, and included was this Aquaman, which is truly Itty Bitty! It's part of a whole line of DC and Marvel characters (multiple licenses across one product? Holy Mego!) in this form. As the kids say, totes adorbs! Thanks pal!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aquaman Speaks!

Justice League Movie Cast

At the SDCC today, Warner Bros. released this, the first official photo of the Justice League cast in costume! Click to embiggen, and also check out the first full trailer to Wonder Woman, also released today!

Remember the tagline, "Unite the Seven"? So who is the seventh? Green Lantern? Mera? Vulko? We'll find out in November 2017!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aquaman (Vol.9) #3

"The Drowning Part Three: Capitol Crimes" by Dan Abnett, Philipe Briones, and Gabe Eltaeb.

Aquaman is in Washington DC to get Merrick Garland confirmed!

Actually, no, he's dealing with something even harder than Congress: after learning that Spindrift Station has been closed following Black Manta's attack, the Sea King heads to DC to try and fix the situation. Unfortunately, a Navy ship in the South Atlantic is attacked by the Deluge, all in the name of Atlantis. The U.S. Government doesn't take too kindly to this, and they move to arrest Aquaman. Mera isn't about to just stand there and watch her beloved carted off into chains...until Arthur tells her that's exactly what he wants her to do.

After what seemed like a promising start, I'm sad to see Aquaman and Mera have problems with the Surface World again (and so soon!). Arthur even sort of debases himself by suggesting his fellow Justice Leaguer Superman "vouch" for him, all to no avail. At the same time, the band of super-villains who kidnapped Black Manta last issue explain who they are ("N.E.M.O."--cool handle) and after he demonstrates how ruthless and effective he is, he is told he's going to meet "the boss."

I was a little thrown off by how different Aquaman looks via penciller Philippe Briones--not that he could, or should, just ape what Brad Walker did in issue #1, but I liked that distinctive appearance (seen on the nifty, 60s-esque cover) and missed it this time. But Briones makes up for it with Mera, who gets some great facial reactions--the final two panels show her looking aghast, followed immediately by an almost cartoony confusion. 

Overall, I'd say this was a fine issue, but not much more than that. Aquaman #1 was such a great start that it was going to be hard maintaining that momentum, hopefully we can get it back for issue #4, in just two weeks.

Aquaman #3 is on sale now!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Memories of SDCC

With the San Diego Comicon now underway, my thoughts drift back to the first year I went to that amazing event, 1998.

I attended with several of my fellow Kubert School veterans, and I told them before we ever hit the show floor that my first goal was to scour the dealers for unique Aquaman items. There ended up not being a whole lot--I picked up an Captain Action flicker ring, some comics, a puzzle I think. But all the searching was worth it when I found what you see above.

This is a Japanese figurine in what is called the "Super Deformed" style. I had never seen such a thing before and was intrigued/horrified. I immediately bought it, against the wishes of one of my friends, who simply found it terrifying. I then, of course, spent the rest of the trip leaving this thing in various spots in our hotel room so it would be the first thing he saw when he woke up.

Good times, good times.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Justice League: Rebirth #1 Variant Cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Speaking of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (PBHN, and we always are), here is his stunning variant cover to Justice League: Rebirth #1. Aquaman needs to be a bit bigger, otherwise perfect!

(h/t: Ilke Hincer)

Monday, July 18, 2016

"Praise Be His Name"

In 2012 post on this very blog, I off-handedly coined the phrase "Praise Be His Name" when mentioning the legendary artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (PBHN). I have always felt that JLGL is one of, if not the, finest artists to ever work in the medium, but someone whose work hasn't gotten the appreciation afforded other contemporaries like John Byrne, Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, etc. So I thought a nice way to remind people how great JLGL is was to follow every mention of his name with the phrase, as a sort of call-and-response thing.

I kept doing it on every JLGL-related post, until the thing took on a life of its own, and other people started using it. And now, thanks to Carlos Mucha, the man himself has been informed of this tribute! In an interview Carlos did with JLGL over on, he asked the great artist what he thought about the whole thing:

Carlos Mucha: What do you think of the "Praise be his name" expression that some fans state whenever your name is mentioned in writing, on podcasts, or blogs?

José Luis García-López: What? No, it can't be. (Laughs)

Carlos Mucha: Yes, really! They say "José Luis Garcia-Lopez, praise be his name."

José Luis García-López: Oh my God. Oh my "Gosh!" I don’t know. I'm now finding out about this.

Carlos Mucha: Yes, it’s your nickname lately.

José Luis García-López: No, no. Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re saying! (Laughs)

Despite JLGL's modesty, I plan to keep on using "Praise Be His Name." He deserves it!

Friday, July 15, 2016

AquaShrine: Mark Belkin

We haven't run pics of a's personal AquaShrine in a while, so here is the collection of member Mark Belkin (click to embiggen). As you can see, all the members of the Aqua-Family (good and bad) are represented!

Mark writes for the DC in the 80s blog, where he just recently interviewed former Aqua-writer J.M. DeMatteis, go check it out! Thanks Mark!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bombshells #47

"War Stories Part 2 of 3" by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and J. Nanjan.

Picking up from Bombshells #43, Mera and Arthur are surveying the damage to the small town of Ireland they call home. Mera blames herself, but Arthur has some startling news that she needs to hear:

For years, Arthur has used this island as a way station for the various creatures of the deep, and he has guided them on their way. He admits that, when he met Mera, he couldn't bear to say goodbye to her. But he knows she has duties elsewhere, and summons a chariot for her, two dolphins named Gren and Lund.

Mera then tells Arthur some hard truths of her own. Namely, that she was a princess, but thanks to a failed romance with a potential groom named Nereus, she found herself the odd woman out, especially after he "fell in love" with her sister Hila.

Mera believed that Nereus only loved Hila's crown, and told him so. In turn, Nereus threatened Mera and demanded she leave her home:

Arthur says they must return to Atlantis, but Mera is skeptical considering their almost non-existent army. Just at that moment, the mutual enemy named Hagen returns, offering support. He's even able to restore Mera's powers long enough for them to finish the mission at hand: be continued!

While still kinda baffled what, exactly, is going on in this series, I've chosen to just accept what I'm reading and enjoy the ride. It was cool seeing Hila worked into the book's mythology, as well as Nereus, still a jerkwad. And who doesn't enjoy dolphins with saddles?

The artwork for Bombshells, by Laura Braga, is really quite beautiful. Everyone is super gorgeous like a romance novel, but of course that's part of the point. It's a real pleasure to look at, as is the warm color scheme by J. Nanjan. As a die-hard Aqua-Fan, it's interesting of course to see the traditional lead, Arthur Curry, set off to the side in the story. I've been saying for years Mera could support her own series, and Bombshells proves it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Super Powers Original Art by Dick Giordano

Comic Link had an auction for this piece of original art by Dick Giordano (they list the artist as unknown, but one look can tell this is clearly the great man's work). Also just as obviously, this was done for something Super Powers-related, though I don't recall ever seeing this particular piece on any SP merch. Anyone have any idea?

Click the pic to embiggen and enjoy the beautiful Giordano art. I love Robin jauntily laying atop GL's villain cage, it's so disrespectful to Luthor, Brainiac, the Joker, and Penguin!

(h/t: Ilke Hincer)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Training T-Shirt

My pal, F.O.A.M. member, and author Steve Spatucci found this insulting t-shirt design available for Ocean City, NJ no less! I guess we can appreciate the Sea King being mentioned at all, but still.

Thanks(?) Steve!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Aquaman (Vol.9) #2

"The Drowning Part Two: Full Circle" by Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, and Gabe Eltaeb.

Just two weeks later, and we have another issue of Aquaman! Outrageous!

After a flashback to the event that brought Aquaman and the man who would become Black Manta together--the death of Manta's father at the hand of the Sea King--we return to Spindrift Station with the two arch enemies in mortal combat. To that end, this issue is mostly a fight, as the two duke it out with the assorted dignitaries and reporters watching.

While I'm not sure I totally buy these two trading philosophies of life back and forth while trying to skewer each other, I was pleasantly surprised--shocked even--that writer Dan Abnett wrapped up this particular angle so quickly, in the second issue of the title! I'm so used to stories being dragged out well past their organic end (the better to fill a trade) that when Manta stood down I was "Wow, that's it? Cool!"

This doesn't solve Aquaman's problems of course--not only does Manta get busted out by a group of mysterious n'er-do-wells, but some of Arthur's fellow Atlanteans don't exactly cover themselves in glory when dealing with Surface Dwellers ("We don't need help from your kind!"), a plot thread I'm sure will resurface down the line. Plus the whole thing is a PR nightmare, eight are dead, Mera gets injured...all in all, not a good day for Aquaman, even with Black Manta's stand down.

We knew that Brad Walker couldn't be doing the work for this second issue, now that Aquaman is a bi-weekly title. I found the work of Eaton and Faucher to be okay, but not terribly distinctive. Some of their figure work is stiff, which becomes glaringly noticeable in a story that is mostly two figures battling it out. Still, I'm glad to see this story "resolved" so quickly, and for what comes next, "Mr. Curry Goes To Washington." If Aquaman thinks Black Manta is evil, just try Congress!

Aquaman #2 is on sale now!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Aquaman Beach Party!

Need some light-hearted, Summer Fun adventure starring the Sea King? Then check out Stephen Winchell and Shawn Bowers' webcomic Aquaman Beach Party, available here!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Bombshell Mera Spotted in Glasgow!

Longtime pal and newest Martin Gray posted this pic of an online article covering some nifty cosplay that took place at the Glasgow Comic Con!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Friday, July 01, 2016

Aquaman and Cthulu Q-Fig

Check out this nifty Aquaman and Cthulu statuette, a SDCC exclusive from Quantum Mechanix!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Aquaman appeared at the end of the Batgirl sub-comic in Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4, the first time (to my knowledge) that Frank Miller has ever written or drawn the Sea King in any DC comic.

We catch up with Batgirl, who is simply amazed at the undersea world that is Aquaman's kingdom:

Aquaman has helped Carrie contain this slab of black matter containing Superman. Restrained by one of the Sea King's finny friends, Carrie pokes at it, causing it to explode!

Superman bursts free from the slab--which is, I think, a portal to another dimension--and now it's time for a team-up!

I'm not following this comic, so I really don't know what's going on. Doesn't matter, really, because I sure do love Aquaman as presented here by artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson! The two-page spread (click to embiggen) is gorgeous, majestic, a really great Aquaman image. Get rid of those smaller panels and you've got yourself a poster!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jason Momoa as Aquaman!

Yesterday we got some brief glimpses of Jason Momoa doing some work as Aquaman for next year's Justice League movie, the first real shots of him in full, real life color!

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