Saturday, November 01, 2014

JLA: Year One #10 - Oct. 1998

"Heaven and Earth" by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Barry Kitson.

Last issue of JLA: Year One ended with the team distrusting the Martian Manhunter, whom they mistakenly thought was in control of some nefarious machine. Stumbling into the situation, it all goes wrong, and suddenly the sky is filled with fire:
Green Lantern and the others accuse J'onn of the being the eighth Apellaxian alien, and working to change the planet's environment to better suit them. But in the middle of the argument, Aquaman is blasted in the back by a small army of armed alien invaders!

J'onn attacks the machine, risking his life by being engulfed in flames, eventually destroying it. The sky of fire dies out, and along with it, the aliens. The JLA realize they've been wrong, but it may be too late: J'onn looks as though he is dying.

The JLA, enraged, follow the Locus soldiers via a teleportation beam back to their HQ. After a few minutes of a pitch battle, however, J'onn recovers and is able to help, but not before Locus' final stroke is enacted: a worldwide tectonic shift that will reconfigure Earth's landmasses and destroy all life!

The Flash, the all-but-official leader of the team, sends Green Lantern into space to try and stop the shift. While Aquaman, Black Canary, and J'onn continue to fight off the aliens, The Flash tries to reverse the program. He eventually does, while J'onn probes the aliens' minds, which trips a "fatal neuroshock", killing them all. It's...over?

A little while later, the team discusses what happened. They are still mad at J'onn for "spying" on them in their civilian lives, but come to realize it's mostly just because they really don't know one another, despite on depending on each other for their lives:
The rest of the team follows suit, but this detente is interrupted by a beaten and bruised Snapper Carr (unfortunately not dead), who tells the JLA that it is his Uncle Simon who is the missing, unknown alien. The Norad Alert goes off, and the JLA see now the scope of the plan:
To be continued!

By design, this issue is more about Martian Manhunter, with Aquaman mostly getting just to punch a bunch of aliens. That being said, writer Waid never forgets to have the Sea King be a major presence in every scene, which is always appreciated!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1125


Emperor Aquaman Cosplay

Just in time for Halloween! This is our newest Logan Myer, son of longtime Curtis Myer, cosplaying as Flashpoint Emperor Aquaman (complete with nose scar) at the 2014 Tree City Comic Con! The costume was homemade, with Dad providing an assistant on the trident. Outrageous!

Awesome job Logan (and Curtis), and welcome to F.O.A.M.!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1123


Heroes World Ad

There was an Aquaman bop balloon and I never had one as a kid?? I retroactively had a lousy childhood. From a 1970s Heroes World catalog, which were packed cover to cover with mouth-watering licensed merch like this.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aquaman: July 27, 2018

With Marvel Phase 3 all the rage today, the Shrine thought the 2018 Aquaman movie deserved a similar logo treatment, at least until Warner Bros. sees fit to provide us all with the real deal!

Random Panel of the Day #1122


Justice League of America #192 Around The World

At top is the classic cover to Justice League of America #192 by George Perez. Below are two international versions, featuring Batman and, improbably, Red Tornado as the marquee character.

If that's not odd enough, check out Aquaman on the Red Tornado cover--it looks as though someone didn't really understand what they were looking at, and added a whole section of anatomy that should not be there! To make matters worse, the orange doesn't match, meaning this particular Sea King is rocking a two-tone tunic. Great Neptune!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1121


The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 104

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 104 - Live Action, Part 2

This episode Shag and I talk about the brand new and coming soon live action counterparts to Firestorm and Aquaman, Robbie Amell and Victor Garber on The Flash and Jason Momoa in Batman v. Superman and Aquaman!

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Opening theme, "That Time is Now," by Michael Kohler. Closing music by Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge of The Bad Mamma Jammas!

Thanks for listening! Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aquaman Episode 2: The Rampaging Reptile-Men

Aquaman Episode 2: "The Rampaging Reptile-Men" by George Kashdan

Aqualad and Tusky, at play, come across an Atlantean power station and wave hello to one of the guards. Moments later, he is suckerpunched by one of a small army of reptile-men, who force their way into the station!

Aqualad sends out an SOS, which reaches Aquaman in his Aqua-Cave. As Aquaman heads out to save his young pal, the Reptile-Men start destroying all the equipment, under the idea an Atlantis without power will be easy to conquer.
One of the Reptile-Men shoots a bolt of electricity at Aquaman, rupturing the station's hull. Aquaman fixes it with the help of a giant turtle, who uses its body to plug the hole. Then the Sea King chases the Reptile-Men to a subterranean lair, where they have laid a trap for him.
The Reptile-Men tie Aquaman to a post, away from the water, leaving him to die while they resume their plan. Aqualad arrives, helps free Aquaman, and they fight the Reptile Men. Aquaman then commands as many finny friends as he can to help out, including two whales who move boulders in front of the cave entrance. With the Reptile-Men trapped, Aquaman and Aqualad take off for home! The End!

Despite not featuring of his comic book foes, this remains one of my favorite episodes of the series, because of the sheer amount of visual invention on display: check out that Aqua-Cave! It's like the BatCave via Jules Verne and Irwin Allen, and I remember being so enamored of it growing up. Heck, I still am.

It's no surprise to anyone that Filmation did these shows on the cheap--really cheap. They reused shots constantly (the final sequence of this episode is the same as the one from the first episode, minus Mera trailing behind), but when you've got shots like the one you see above--Aquaman riding a shark like a boss--who cares if its reused? 

This episode was written by George Kashdan, who wrote Aquaman for a little while in the mid-1950s during his Adventure Comics run. You have to think writing seven page stories that had to have a beginning, middle, and an end were great training for scripting this seven-minute animated adventures.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Aquaman (Vol.8) #35 - Dec. 2014

Comics Weekend "Afterlife" by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rain Beredo.

This first issue of "Malestrom" opens with Aquaman in search for something. But before we can learn what, we find Dr. Steven Shin being harassed by one of the representatives of Triton Base, who don't like the idea of their man just "walking away." Salty The Aqua-Dog intervenes (yay Salty!), and Shin is escorted to the docks, where our heroes are waiting for him.
It isn't long before another sea quake hits, and Aquaman and Mera make sure the damage is limited. Next, the prisoners being held for for the attempted assassination are brought from their cells. They see Mera whipping up a whirlpool, and are sure they are about to die. 

Instead, they are thrown into the air, landing with a thud onto their king's royal craft. Aquaman tells them that he is within his rights as king to execute them all, but instead they are being exiled to a remote point near Antarctica, where they will be given the chance to form their own society. Aquaman challenges them to strive for more than never-ending violence, to aim higher. Meanwhile, down in the Atlantean archives, Dr. Evans and Dr. Shin are investigating the nation's history. They find an ancient touchstone, which shows them a sea of faces from long ago.

Soon, they find Aquaman, Mera, and some of the others, and explain what they think they've learned: that Atlantis is built upon the electrical impulses of all those who have come before, which acts as a safeguard to ensure no surface dweller ever rules. Aquaman, being half-Atlantean, is literally the cause of the sea quakes, but even so, his mother's essence should be part of Atlantis preventing such disasters. So what's going on?

Aquaman heads off to his mother's tomb, and we end where we began:
sg be continued!

Very happy to see Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons back for a full issue, and only appropriate since this is the kick off of another major story arc. After several issues of wall-to-wall action, Jeff Parker changes things up by giving us more of a contemplative issue. As much as I have said I'm no fan of endless Atlantis-based arcs, I enjoyed the scene of Aquaman, Mera, and some of their advisers just sitting around talking, like regular people do. Scenes like this help humanize these larger than life characters, as does the humorous asides both Arthur and Mera spout from time to time. After years--decades--of Aquaman in the comics being a total sourpuss, it's nice to see him kid around.

Looking very forward to seeing where this goes!

By the way, we'll be featuring a second interview with Jeff Parker, talking about "Malestrom" and other Aqua-related topics. Look for it soon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1120


Challenge of the Super Friends, Episode 14

Episode 14: "Doomsday"

For the Legion of Doom, every day is Doomsday, that's what makes it fun!
This episode of Challenge of the Super Friends opens not in the murky swamp, but in the Pacific Ocean. A nuclear aircraft carrier picks up a UFO headed right for them, so they of course alert the Super Friends!

Just as Superman is imprisoning a creature he calls "the Mole Man of Planet Theta", the message comes in. Luckily, just the right member of the team is there to check out this threat:
Green Lantern and Wonder Woman accompany Aquaman. Meanwhile, we learn that the UFO is, in fact, the Legion of Doom's flying HQ. It fires a torpedo at the carrier, but it doesn't explode. The captain of the ship is thankful it's a "dud", but little does he know the real plan: inside the torpedo is The Cheetah, who hops out and via some doohickey turns off the ship's nuclear reactor!

To make matters worse, Black Manta and Sinestro land on deck via his Manta Ship, just as Aquaman also arrives. Unfortunately, he's no match for Sinestro's power ring:
Green Lantern uses his power ring to turn into a giant (because cartoons), causing the Legion of Doom to beat a hasty retreat, leaving their three members behind, fuming. Lantern scoops Manta, Sinestro, and Cheetah up and brings them back to the Hall of Justice, imprisoning them.

Sinestro comes up with a plan to escape: by slipping into the other dimensional planet known as Qward, the three bad guys escape their jail, leaving anti-matter duplicates behind in their place. After overhearing about a powerful new weapon created by the Army, Sinestro, Manta, and Cheetah show up, defeating The Flash and Apache Chief, with the rest of the Legion next on their list!

Manta grabs the controls of the new weapon, which luckily are size-adjustable, and blasts the soldiers with the Super Friends left stuck in a giant diamond, only able to watch:
Meanwhile, Superman touches Sinestro's anti-matter dummies, which transports him to Qward. The Man of Steel finds him face-to-face with former Kryptonian criminal, who was banished to Qward as punishment. Back on Earth, our terrible trio find their former teammates stealing Alaska's oil (you betcha) and use the anti-matter cannon on them!

Instead of just blasting the traitors into atoms, Black Manta, who finds joy in his work, converts them all into bowling pins. He then creates a giant bowling ball, and decides to throw a few frames, giving the Super Friends time to scour the planet in a search for them.

After torturing Luthor and the rest some more, they get an alarm telling them the Super Friends are near. Toyman grabs the anti-matter cannon, and fires it into the ocean, making two giant water hands which reach up and grab the Man of Steel, Green Lantern, and Black Vulcan. Flash and Apache Chief escape their diamond prison, freeing their friends. This leads to a donnybrook, with Sinestro creating a giant rat, which Green Lantern counters with a giant cat. Clever guy, that Hal!

Finally having enough of this nonsense, Apache Chief uses the weapon on the Legion, putting them into a giant clear plastic egg carton:
Superman makes a joke about the Legion being hard-boiled, while the bad guys squabble with each other, leading us to...The End!

After a promising start with Aquaman taking charge of the first mission, he's tossed aside by Sinestro like so much laundry, not to be seen again in the episode (except for one brief group shot). Still, better than the last couple of shows, where you didn't even know he was on the team at all.

I like the idea of some members of the Legion of Doom fighting amongst themselves, it only makes sense. We get some insight into Black Manta's personal life when, after torturing his teammates for a few minutes, he's ready to make nice with them again. Interesting guy.

This episode's Aqua-Content: Medium


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1118


Jason Momoa, Aquaman Collector

Over the weekend, Jason Momoa posed for this picture, doing some "research."

The Aquaman Shrine hopes that Mr. Momoa draws from the many, many different eras of the Sea King while preparing for his historic role. In that spirit, here are some alternates to inspire further reading:



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