DC Comics has released a first look at interior pages from the upcoming Aquaman: The Becoming miniseries. The first issue of the series comes from the creative team of writer Brandon Thomas, penciller Diego Olortegui, inker Wade von Grawbadger, colorist Adriano Lucas, and letterer Deron Bennett of Andworld Design, with a main cover by David Talaski and variant covers by Khary Randolph & Emilio Lopez and Francis Manapul.
Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who’s caught his eye, and access to Aquaman’s private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in them. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad’s going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman!
Future issues of Aquaman: The Becoming, the covers for which you can also see below, will feature art by Skyler Patridge and Scott Koblish.
In a statement accompanying the preview, Thomas described where Jackson is as the series starts, and what the road to his stepping into the role of Aquaman will look like:
“Aquaman: The Becoming is a coming-of-age story for Jackson Hyde, marking his final transformation from Aqualad to Aquaman,” said Thomas. “When the series begins, Jackson has everything he’s ever wanted—acceptance, respect and a strong web of found family and friends around him. He and his mother are finally on the same page and his training with Arthur Curry (with an assist from Batman) is going extremely well. The shadow of his father Black Manta still looms, but he’s refusing to let that completely define him and his life. Everything is perfect.
“So naturally, we spend the entire story challenging and damaging everything he’s created, forcing him to fight for it and prove himself worthy of even having it. Jackson’s spent so much time trying to distance himself from his infamous father, but if he’s going to endure what’s ahead, he’ll need some of that darkness, that commitment to survive against all odds.”
The six-issue Aquaman: The Becoming series is the first solo title for the character Jackson Hyde. It will be released alongside another sea-faring series, Chuck Brown and Valentine Del Landro‘s Black Manta, which follows the adventures of the Aquaman villain who also happens to be Jackson’s father. In an interview with The Beat, Brown teased a crossover between the two titles, though what that will look like is still unknown.
Check out the preview pages for Aquaman: The Becoming #1, as well as both variant covers, the covers by Talaski for issues 2, 3, and 4 and Randolph & Lopez’s covers for issues 2 and 3 of the series below. The first issue of the series is due out in stores on Tuesday, September 21st, and the final order cutoff date for the issue is this Sunday, August 29th.