The Aquaman Shrine: You said somewhat jokingly that your initial goal coming to the series on the heels of Geoff Johns was "not to screw it up." Obviously you more than met that goal with Aquaman remaining a fan favorite series as well as garnering critical acclaim and making more than one "Best of 2014" year-end list. How would you characterize your run now that its reached is penultimate issue?
Jeff Parker: I'm probably not the right person to analyze it that way, but I hope we continued the book thematically by building on what was there and opening up more possibilities. I didn't want it to suddenly feel like a different book. I did want to continue the greatness of Mera and show a very functional couple having adventures.
AMS: DC Comics is going through a huge transition period with the New 52 brand ending in March. Aquaman is one of the elite twelve original series that will reach #41 in June and while that's quite an honor for the series, many fans feel your run was all too brief. Did you feel you had adequate time on Aquaman or are there stories you had planned that you regrettably won't get to tell? What do you think you'll miss about working on the title?
AMS: You, Paul Pelletier, and Sean Parsons really seemed to click as a creative unit a few issues into the run. Did you sense a change in your writer/artist relationship as the series went on?
AMS: As we said earlier, your grand finale is also the end-cap to the New 52 era of Aquaman and anyone reading "Maelstrom" can tell you plan to end big. Without spoiling anything, what can readers expect from #40 and how did you arrive at your conclusion?
JP: It’s really about Arthur getting some wisdom, seeing the truth behind what was fantasy on his part. I often show him as a mature realist, and it was fun to put him on a course that he couldn’t be objective about, it’s him being reckless. And Mera can see that, but rather than try to talk him out of anything, she goes full bore with him. And that adventurous side clearly comes from the person he's searching for, Atlanna.
JP: I think they don't want everyone to get too comfortable so Aquaman is naturally part of the shaking up--and there's no need to worry as the team of Cullen and Trevor will certainly kick butt. I don't know if they're going to try to synch up to the movie stuff--if it were me I would just do that in a separate book so you could have your cake and more cake.
As I said in the past, I think readers lose interest when Aquaman is underwater all the time and the whole supporting cast is people with fantasy names. He's the bridge between two worlds, and I think you have to keep that balance to get the most mileage out of his concept. Pulling away from Atlantis every now and then lets you revisit it as the wonder of the world it should be, it should always be this amazing section of the DC universe.
AMS: What are your upcoming projects? Where can fans who were reading your work for the first time on Aquaman find you next?
AMS: Was it fun?
JP: If anyone can’t tell how much fun I had, then I did it wrong! I really had a good time.
The Aquaman Shrine thanks Jeff Parker once again for sharing his thoughts with us, and wishes him good luck on his next creative venture. Aquaman was in quite capable hands during his tenure, and he, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Rain Beredo, and the rest of the team have contributed mightily to Aqua-History.