an aqua-epic - rien de moins... nothing less!
Yes, True Believers - the actual purpose and raison d'être (!) of ''aqua musings'' here is indeed to showcase that auld project of mine, conceived and adapted from properties belonging to, for the most part, the once venerable popular sequential art fiction publisher once known as National Periodical... This auld project was -some of you would have already guessed it- conceptualized in the primordial days of my pre-pubescent coming of age...! It was painstakingly nurtured through the years, as I was biding my time for it. It was to be GRAND. And in retrospect, indeed, and especially in the light of what has been done to the characters that I wanted to use in this project in the course of the execrable eighties and nincompoopish nineties - MY project would have been... oh-so GREAT!
But I'll let you be the judge... exonerators or executors!
This project will be posted differently than my acclaimed cyber-novel d'horreur Darkenings Into The Light - a NaNoWriMo 2004 Winner! No - this will be posted starting with the LAST INSTALLMENT (following) leading up, progressively, step by step and post by post, to the first one... This way, when a newbie comes unto the blog, it will all be laid out in chronological order for him! (Disregard the dates for now - starting soon, a post dated the 1st of the month will actually be the continuation of a post dated the 2nd... and so on! Blogger forces me to it this way!).
Thus... without further ado, here it is...
My adolescent aqua-epic (*lol*) - featuring characters that are TM and copyrighted to DC Comics Inc. - and with absolutely nothing in common with the sickening Aqua Teen Hunger Force...
Ah - but first - a synopsis (which will be reposted at the end - which will be the beginning - how... lyrical, eh?) AND... some more back story...
(Hey - my blogs - my rules, RIGHT? Damn right!). The following is exactly as presented on the DC Comics message boards - see the date/hour/minutes... down to the second!
luminous luciano finally presents: his aqua saga - to all the legions of rabid non-fans of his luminescence! (And aqua-fanatics at large too...!)
Posted: 2004-04-28 21:28:31.0
Is that all that Fisherman can do in the DCU... smuggle arms and kidnap children? And I thought Scavenger had been screwed big time by the DC editors... He'd reformed - was content with just... well, fishing it turned out... and then they made him out to be a bigger creep than he had ever been before...!
Marvel villains never get that treatment when they reform - they get credit for having mended their ways and stay good... usually ending up as members of the Avengers...!
All this to lead into one of my myriad ideas for AQUAMAN - Undersea Armageddon... nothing less!
Chock-full of cameos - AQ would be carrying on as usual, taking out regular threats, as this massive one would be gaining momentum and very soon engulfing all of the Atlantean outposts, cities (Sub Diego included, sure...) and settlements scattered as they should be across the vastness of the oceans... PHANTOM STRANGER would know of it... ATLAN... ARION... HAL JORDAN / The Spectre... NAIAD... NUADA... and TUATARA would awaken from his coma blabbering about it!
This would be big... real big.
Somebody likened AQ to being DC'S Thor... well, this was to be, as I envisioned it initially, Ragnarok for Atlantis! Or a Sea Crisis if you will...
Even that Devilfish guy could be in it... (and if you still don't know who that is - look no further than JLATLANTIS!)
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It is simply because I had bigger plans for Fisherman... for quite a lot of regular Aqua foes actually... all revolving around the one that should be the bane of the sea king's existence (with apologies to Kordax...) - Poseidon!
Time to settle things once and for all with ole Poseidon... And this time, the sea god would take no chances and stack the deck against the sea king to a point where the odds are simply... unsurmountable. To all of the Sea King's former foes, Poseidon promises his very trident IF they bring him Aquaman's head!
No more silly little skirmishes - the fighting has scope now - added meaning - and there is no end in sight for virtually all show up - even new ones AQ knew not he had as enemies will take a shot!
Simultaneously, a plague of -indeed- apocalyptic proportions is besieging all manners of undersea-dwellers (a thinly-veiled allegory of what we are doing to the seas...) courtesy of Poseidon - and the supporting cast (a more pro-active Rodunn... Mera, back to true shapely form, and crew...) are trying to help with that... All the while AQ is taking the fight as far away as possible from the populace - and he is fighting alone for the most part. One after the other they show up - the Shark, Sea Wolf, Orm, Manta, Fisherman surely, Koryak even... all wanting to be the one to take the sea king down and get the prize.
Now at this point, sheer fatigue should get to AQ and so his buddies should start to show up too and help out... But what if they too would turn out to be after the power prize?!? No - not Tempest... but maybe the Lady of the Lake? Or Naiad? Or Nuada? Even Arion! (Never trust a mage I say...)
Whisking him away to safety - merely so he can regain his strength - would be the unlikely alliance of... QWSP and ol' "PIRANHA MAN" himself... yes - Charybdis! Storytelling is about a lot of different things see... but also about not being predictable!
And here would be two villainous fellows - an imp and a... piranha guy?! - who would turn out to be, at long last, REFORMED DC VILLAINS THAT STAY REFORMED! (Well - ok... it is too tempting not to have ONE go back to his old tricks... guess which one now...)
Cameos would be repeated - more trustworthy help is always appreciated - but AQ would only request one thing - a lift to OLYMPUS so he can take the fight to Poseidon himself!
More surprises I had planned would make this arc (I hate the term, by the way - for it sections what should be ONE long saga; not good in my estimation!) worth the trip... because I have got enough here to last a lot more than six issues... maybe even more than 12 too! Veitch got that many for his stuff - it would be a shame if this did not get as much!
But then again... I am not writing AQ at all...
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<<- data-blogger-escaped-br="">At the term of this posting, I received a lot of kudos from the message board regulars who have true affection for these characters - that was rewarding and almost (I stress ALMOST) made up for the DC editors' (K.J. Dooley on top of the list) lack of receptiveness... back in 1997 that is.
My Aquatic Epic remains a source of fond memories still... somehow...!
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