Saturday, December 31, 2005

Aqua Force - part 1

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The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills. - Ambrose Bierce (well - here's one man who allegedly does - hence the name... AQUAMAN!)

AQUAMAN being traditionally a loner -and sort of a fish out of water in the fabled Justice League of America... unless he is the leader figure of the group- I would start my aquatic saga revolving around him and his beauteous queen Mera as a solo series - a seven-parter lead-in that would bring about the birth of... the AQUA FORCE. (Tentatively titled since... 1989! *lol* But that is another story...).

Some old scores to settle, one-on-one, first - before the Sea King leads his own private underwater Justice League (if not his underwater Legion of Super-Heroes! That is what I called it when I submitted this idea to DC in 1996 - a whole bunch of years before they had a one-shot Justice League Atlantis! Not the only such occurrence either - I submitted other ideas - and all were used in one form or another afterwards; by other creators! Oh well... we can't copyright an idea...).

The scores to settle though are NOT with the usual rogues gallery (the Ocean Masters, Black Mantas and Scavengers of this four-color world...) but rather with thinly-veiled metaphors - from the "surface world"! Over the years, AQUAMAN was disrespected by a few loudmouths, see? Time to even the score - in a most humiliating way too! As his saga develops, Aquaman will easily dispose of several allegedly huge threats only the League in full force can handle normally - and all of these are out of his element! Deconstructo (a villain that will look eeriely close to the likeness of... Tim Burton) will be the first to fall flat on his face before the might of the King of the Seven Seas! Following him, petty thief Angle Man (subbing -ha- for Kurt Angle; who else) will go down in seconds... Maxie Zeus (A bonafide Bob Costas clone!) is put back in his place ridiculously easily by the overpowering Sea King next... Supposed hero Loose Cannon (usually DC's cheap version of Hulk; here to be DC's version of Mark Wahlberg - for a day!) loses control - and is quickly set straight by AQ whose path he crosses - unfortunately for him! And I guess if Superman met Richard Pryor (in the painful to watch as to remember Superman III) and is buddy-buddy with Jerry Seinfeld... well, AQUAMAN can run across a Seinfeldesque character who happens to be hanging out with a Chris Rock clone... and bang their heads together as they stand in his way to the washroom! These two would be mere reporters desperate for a scoop from the Sea King - they won't get it!

In addition to all this, AQUAMAN would repeatedly bump into a strange scruffy bearded man - finally, out of pity, AQ would throw him some piece of gold he found at the bottom of the sea... That man would be no beggar though but truly a clod subbing for ALAN MOORE (it sure as heck is not AQUALUNG!) - Moore, whose disrespect for AQUAMAN reaches new lows with his clone of the Amalgam Mariner (Namor with Aquaman's looks) whom HE calls -totally unoriginally- ''Roman'' in the pages of Supreme - himself a Superman clone.

All of these surface world hijinks and antics come about because AQUAMAN is roaming the surface in search of... Thanatos!
The Lady of the Lake has told him that there is ample evidence that his old nemesis - now deceased - is much active still - acting from beyond! And he feels that the millions above the waters are easier prey than the ones below the waves - for Thanatos' thing is to wreak havoc with the minds of his victims; until death does ensue! (Maybe Thanatos should be the substitute for Bob Costas, eh? Thanatos is Greek for "death" after all - Costas could just as well spell out the death of TV - my set anyway! *lol* Again - another story entirely...).

AQUAMAN would finally square off with Thanatos - helped by Mera, Atlan and Nuada... alas, meanwhile, in the shadows of the seven seas evil is assembling to overthrow King Orin as the rightful monarch of Atlantis... or at least of Poseidonis surely... but I will want Atlantis united, as it should be... The ORIGINAL line-up of villains I had assembled comprised: a new revamped Fisherman... Ocean Master... Black Manta... Scavenger... The Shark... Starro... and even one magickal Sea Troll! The latter two would have supplied armies to the villains's forces - Starro via his usual enslaving of humanoid lifeforms with replicas of himself; and Sea Troll would have had resurrected the dead of the sea (and Lord Knows there are many!) and led those zombies in a massive attack (no pun intended) on Atlantis (yes - you can say it; Evil Dead / Army of Darkness Under The Sea!). NOW however... The Thirst, Gammemnae (I prefer to spell it this way - writer's and European's prerogative!), Devilfish (the true Dweller of the Depths...?) or Poseidon himself could replace this poor Sea Troll (who is a DC character indeed - they can have the silliest characters sometimes...). Fisherman and Ocean Master themselves would be arboring dark magical forces - so, we have no true need for Starro... although I would still keep him for the visuals! As these villains would congregate towards Atlantis - AQUAMAN would, fatefully, be reminded that there are a lot of underwater champions around the globe - precious aquatic allies he can rely on, if need be - if the need is great enough and the air-breathing, surface-dwelling Justice League is found to be simply... out of its element to help out and lend a hand! These allies cameo one-by-one;

Tuatara... Arion... Letifos... Lorena... Iqula... S'Ona... Ulla Paske (aka... DC's Little Mermaid! Don't ask...) - Neptune Perkins... Tsunami... Noble... Deep Blue... Among others! When time would come - Aquaman will have an army of resistants to levy as well...

And so, as Thanatos vanishes at the conclusion of this epic 7-issue story arc - a far greater menace lurks on the horizon... or should I say, comes with the new tide?







7 Comments:

Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

Buddies of mine told me I was exaggerating by plotting so many issues in advance (over 100, counting annuals but not possible crossovers!) - however, DC pro Dan Jurgens had set up plans in motion not to cover 100 issues... but to bridge the gap between TWO GENERATIONS!

Read the interview that follows...

3:26 AM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

Dan Jurgens Interview
from CBEM Issue #250 (January 28, 2000)
http://digitalwebbing.com/cbem/

Dan Jurgens-writer of Marvel's THOR, co-storyteller (with Andy Kubert) of CAPTAIN AMERICA, writer of DC's AQUAMAN and several other current and upcoming projects-kindly agreed to take time for a quick Q&A. I want to thank Tom Brevoort for helping me get in contact with Dan and most importantly thank Dan (obviously) for taking the time out of his voluminous workload for the interview.

On another note, I'd like to invite folks to e-mail CBEM (or me at tim_jen@mindspring.com) if there are any creators you'd like to see interviewed in upcoming issues. Or, hey, if you're a creator that wants to be interviewed you can e-mail your request as well, at least that way we'll find you pretty easily.-Thanks, Tim O'Shea

Note: This interview has been edited down from the full version to include only questions about or related to Aquaman. This is posted with the permission of interviewer Tim O'Shea. Many thanks to Tim and CBEM.


* * *
CBEM: Is it easier writing the three titles you have right now vs. the challenges/limitations inherent with trying to write one Superman book that had to be in synch with two or three other Superman titles at the same time?

JURGENS: I don't know if "easy" is the right word. I enjoy doing the books I do now, just as I enjoyed doing Superman even though it was a totally different type of exercise in writing. There are different positives to find with both approaches.


* * *
CBEM: You've previously gone on record as saying that you plan to have Aquaman interacting more in the DC Universe as well as redefining Aquaman's role in the JLA (the latter goal made obvious by the closing page of issue 65). Is the latter something that you've discussed with Mark Waid, or do you plan to only address his JLA interaction within his own title (I know that can work just as well as evidenced by Ostrander's use of the JLA in MARTIAN MANHUNTER). Are there any other DCU heroes that will be appearing in the immediate future?

JURGENS: Aquaman is hard to gauge at the moment. Though I'm very happy with the book, DC doesn't seem to be very happy with it. We'll have to see.

CBEM: I've also read that you hope to treat Aquaman as a family book. Where does Mera fit in this albeit dysfunctional "family"?

JURGENS: As far as I'm concerned, she's queen of Atlantis. I like Mera a great deal and see Atlantis as enduring and magical to the DCU as Asgard is to Marvel. It should have almost a fairy tale sense to it...and idea that it will outlast anything. DC doesn't seem to agree with this so I haven't been able to push it as far as I wanted.

As for the royal family aspect, I've always thought that as a society, we obviously take great interest in Britain's royal family. Mix aspects of that in with super heroics and a fairy tale kingdom and we should have a great springboard for adventures.

CBEM: Is Arthur going to rule with an "iron hand" forever or do you hope to somehow have him regenerate a normal hand?

JURGENS: Stay tuned!

CBEM: It's not everyday that a writer foreshadows plot developments that run through two generations. How much of AQUAMAN do you actually have plotted out from the current issue to the point where Garth and his granddaughter, Donna, are dining on the beach. In other words, left to your own devices, how many issues could you go?

JURGENS: It's been so much fun to write that I'd like very much to carry it on as long as possible. However, I also get the sense that would be pushing it way too far so I'll be stopping in when this particular story is told. One problem is that it tips the hand about the future to a great extent, and DC is very nervous about that.

CBEM: Do you plan on using any of the new villains Peter David introduced into the series, such as Kordax or Demon Gate? In terms of the classic Aquaman villains, how soon before Ocean Master or Black Manta?

JURGENS: No. I'll stick with the classics and create some new ones as well. This is no criticism of what Peter did, but I have the sense it's time to turn to some different approaches.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

Hmm... and maybe the new brilliant Aqua scribe, Kurt Busiek, who has never heard of Devilfish (allegedly) has instead had the supercilious idea of making POSEIDON pass for an anonymous "Dweller of the Depths"...?

What better way to be back in the thick of things - as he used to be, in olden days... (Poseidon was jealous of Aquaman's surge to prominence and preeminence - stealing his spot as top dog of the oceans in the process! Poseidon is not the only one to feel that way though; Namor feels the exact same way! *LOL*)

3:08 PM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

UPDATE:

It appears that LOGIC is never followed in the four-color realms - it is sacrificed for the benefit of the higher-sales potential laden lure of unbelievable plot twists!

The Dweller of the Depths is, as it turns out, the real Aquaman - in disguise! Seems like his "Kordax skin condition" came back in a hurry to haunt him again... plus, he has the ever-popular affliction of pulpy heroes - AMNESIA!

As for the "new aquaman" - he is the old aquaman! As in the discarded earliest version of the character - the GOLDEN AGE AQUAMAN! The one who had no ties at all with Atlantis - much like the deep diver character in Enigma's video "Out From The Deep"!

Is that originality, Kurt?

Recycling every last bit of vestige that could be found... In a soap-operaish way, to boot!

At least Mera is not getting the hots for the golden age/retro dude...

7:58 PM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

For the record though:

No, earlier I did not allude that the Dweller could be either Poseidon or Namor - the latter choice is an impossibility, unless he is made out to be the DC Namor named something else, hailing from Earth-3 and available to us all via the misbegotten magic of... "hypertime"!!!

Poseidon was the logical choice though.

Bringing back the Golden Age Aquaman is A-OK in my book - I LOOOOVE HISTORY - however this seems to be going backwards rather than forward over all for the AQUA FAMILY...

8:01 PM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano™ said...

Much water has passed under the bridge since all of these... ah... aqua events!

Events that seem, in hindsight, having been much ado about nothing indeed: as jerks such as Jeph Loeb were allowed to off (temporarily - for it is always but a temporary condition in the four-color world; don`t you know it by now) the Sea King...

Near-namesake (but infinitely better guy) Geoff Johns brought back Aquaman in some Brightest Day that followed the overall Blackest Night DC has ever known (because they were without a King of the Seven Seas...)

Johns is credited for making Aquaman ``cool again`` - for, perhaps, the first time since the early 1960s!

Bravo.

He accomplished that by simply giving Aquaman his due, without retconning anything: it simply became more evident that he had super-strength, was bulletproof and so on...

(Because, due to the 1970s campy Super Friends, the public at large had forgotten all of that about Aquaman!)

Basically, Aquaman got imbued all over again of the exact same abilities a Golden Age Superman used to have: to leap over tall buildings in a single bound...? Yep - that sort of thing!

It`s okay now, since Supes flies now...

Aquaman got the leftovers!

Bravo!

My idea of having him imbued with greater strength, the ability to glide on thin air or levitate outright and fully-developed telepathic powers through direct intervention of the gods (rather than the Lady of the Lake or anybody else; many sea gods, certainly not Poseidon whom they turned into an envious enemy for life! THANKS PAD! But rather Aegir... Neptune... Iemanja and many more lesser known ones from other pantheons!) now THAT wasn`t good enough for publication... nooooooo!

Bah!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano™ said...

Seems like ALL of the music left on each chapter of this saga is DISABLED...

Again.

It`s been so long, I even forget what provider it is to blame in these single-tune player`s case...!!!

ANYWAY...

It appears that it was indeed ENIGMA`s Out From The Deep that had been embedded here, temporarily...

Fortunately, thanks to Blogger and YouTube being members of the same family, I can easily remedy to this - with a mere click of the (newly provided) button (in the shape of... a movie clap, no less! How fitting; since both Aquaman and *I* are making movies, these days...!)

;-)

10:53 PM  

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