Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Throne of Atlantis Primer


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DC's much-anticipated "Throne of Atlantis" crossover event between Aquaman and Justice League kicks off in next week's Aquaman #14 and both series' writer Geoff Johns did an unprecedented comics media blitz of interviews to promote the storyline, all of which dropped online today. We've collected some snipets of what Johns had to say on different topics, our official Throne of Atlantis Checklist and compiled everything together in a handy-dandy "Throne of Atlantis Primer" for your convenience! No need to thank us, its what we do. 

On the premise of ToA:
Essentially have Atlantis, which represents one side of who Arthur is, against the Justice League, which represents the other. And the reasons that they come into conflict aren’t so simple. It’s not just Atlanteans hating the surface world or the surface world wanting to destroy Atlantis. It’s a mystery, and that’s the core of what this story is. Why did this war start? Who’s positioning it, and to what ends? (via IGN)


On the Justice League:
Doing a Justice League story that focuses on Aquaman, we're going to make it the biggest and best story we possibly can. We're really delving into the character and what he means for the team and what the team means for him. Also how his presence on the team affects the team. This is the first chapter in what will hopefully be the building blocks of a really big epic run of what Ivan, Joe and I are trying to do on the book. via ComicVine

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 Henchmen! 
Reis/Prado pages from Justice League #15

On Aquaman's character:
Aquaman’s a great character, he just hasn’t been positioned in a role of importance in a long, long time. We tried to do that in this series; give him this platform because he deserves it, and give a very different perception of Aquaman while at the same time staying true to who the character is. Showing his power level, his fortitude, his sense of honor and commitment and responsibility, and hopefully showing everything that makes a hero a hero. I think Aquaman embodies that more than a lot of other heroes out there. via IGN

On Ocean Master:
Orm isn't going to be an outright villain. He's actually a pretty complicated character, much like Sinestro or Black Adam or Captain Cold. He's not just an underwater Doctor Doom. He's got a very fascinating view and motivation about what he's doing. via Newsarama
  
On Mera:
We reintroduced Mera way back in Blackest Night and the idea was to kinda build Aquaman’s world up a little bit. She’s central. And she’ll be seen in Justice League after this, but she’s central to this story as she’s been to every story. Mera is to us, an interesting character also because she’s not from Atlantis, she probably feels even harsher about Atlantis than Arthur does, yet she’s also not from the surface. She’s an outsider in a lot of ways that Arthur is and that’s why they connect so well. via MTVGeek

On Aqualad:
There's plans for a lot of Atlanteans but I can't get into any specifics right now. I don't want to spoil anything. via ComicVine

On the Others:
...there are big plans for the Others. via IGN


On Paul Pelletier:
Paul's got such a great, clean style. It's a lot like Ivan and Joe. His stuff on "Hulk" and "Wolverine" has been great, and I've been a fan of his for a long, long time. He's got that touch of Alan Davis in him just like Ivan does. Their styles compliment each other really well. via CBR

Well, if all that doesn't get you pumped for what's ahead for the Sea King then perhaps you should take your pulse...you may have stopped breathing! Aquaman #14 hits next week with visuals by guest-artist Pete Woods--you can see the full preview via here via MTVGeek and ComiXology.
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9 comments:

Ryan said...

Wow. Stoked beyond words.

Are those Pengin henchmen? I love it!!!

Michael Holloway said...

I am ready, willing, and delighted to help "Throne Of Atlantis" be a huge success! I LOVE Aquaman and his supporting cast, and I hope a series like this continues to reflect how awesome Aquaman is and maybe "Throne Of atlantis" may be developed into a movie, at least I hope so.

Orin's dad said...

To quote Family Guy: "Giggety.."
I am so fired up about this. Can't believe Aquaman is the focus of such a massively plugged storyline. These are truly the glory days of Aquaman. Revel in and enjoy it, my friends. :-)

Love the primer, rob!. What a cool idea!

Anonymous said...

i can't believe johns is bringing garth back! I think i might cry I am so happy. totally unexpected.

Jorge PR said...

I'm so glad and excited about this! So far it feels (to me) that, despite everyhting they said, the New 52 JL series have once again pushed Arthur to the background; even in #4 when he made his big appearence, he got 3 to 4 frames as much, then his role was almost one of a 1-line per issue, if he ever got that. In the whole Darkseid arc, Arthur got like 10 lines as much, same in the next arc; even when they tried to portrait an animosity with Ollie, they dropped it.

So I hope this arc finally gives him the place he deserves. So far, this: "We're really delving into the character and what he means for the team and what the team means for him. Also how his presence on the team affects the team" and this "Aquaman’s a great character, he just hasn’t been positioned in a role of importance in a long, long time. We tried to do that in this series; give him this platform because he deserves it, and give a very different perception of Aquaman while at the same time staying true to who the character is. Showing his power level, his fortitude, his sense of honor and commitment and responsibility, and hopefully showing everything that makes a hero a hero. I think Aquaman embodies that more than a lot of other heroes out there" sound promising.

Oh, and more Aquaman's characters is even greater.

Anonymous said...

Garth! Garth! Garth! :)

Kryschenn said...

Maybe I'm sleepy and I'm missing what's right in front of me - so would someone point me to which interview Johns states he's bringing Garth back? When I saw the name "Aqualad," I assumed it was talking about Jackson/Kaldur'ahm, but I'd be equally happy to know he meant Garth instead.

Joe said...

Click on the MTVGeek preview link at the end & you'll see. SPOILERS within.

Kryschenn said...

Oh! I have to do that click, click, click, thing. I get it! Thank you. Like I said, I'm kinda sleepy right now ...