What’s better than one Aquaman? Multiple Aquamen! At least that’s what DC’s counting on, as this morning the publisher announced Aquamen, a new ongoing series spinning out of the events of a pair of current miniseries. The new series will be co-written by Chuck Brown & Brandon Thomas, with Sam Basri and Adriano Lucas providing the art and colors, respectively. No letterer was named for the series.
Here’s how DC describes Aquamen:
When a suicide bomber in Middle America is revealed as an Atlantean sleeper agent seemingly gone rogue, the Aquamen—Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde—are on the case. But it soon becomes clear that the tragedy was not just a single bad actor, but the beginnings of a much larger and more dangerous chain reaction…and the heart of an explosive Atlantean conspiracy! If Arthur’s not careful, the secrets he’s keeping—from Mera, Tula, Tempest, Atlantis, the surface, and even Jackson—could cause a rift from which the Aquamen might never recover!
Aquamen #1 will feature a main cover, seen up above, by Travis Moore. Open-to-order variants will sport art by Nick Robles and Kael Ngu, and a 1:25 incentive variant cover is by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair. A Black History Month variant cover by Alexis Franklin will also be available.
Along with the cover images, DC also revealed an interior look at Aquamen #1, as well as character sheets by Basri:
Aquamen will spin out of the events of the currently-running Aquaman: The Becoming and Black Manta miniseries. Along with the announcement of the new series, DC has released covers and info on the final issues of both of those miniseries.
Here are the covers by David Talaski and Khary Randolph and info for Aquaman: The Becoming #6, by Thomas, Diego Olortegui, Wade von Grawbadger, Adriano Lucas, and an unidentified letterer:
Alongside family old and new, Jackson Hyde races to stop the next big undersea terrorist attack—and this time, Mera’s the target! But if he hopes to overcome his greatest enemy yet and protect the people he loves most, he’ll have to stop waiting for someone to give him permission to lead. It’s time for Jackson to reach out and take the mantle of Aquaman!
And here’s the same for Black Manta #1, by writer Brown, artist Valentine De Landro, colorist Marissa Louise, an unidentified letterer, and cover artists De Landro & Louise and Sanford Greene.
It’s villain versus villain as Black Manta fights to stop Devil Ray, whose eyes are set on Atlantis but whose ambitions might very well bring about the end of the world. Will Manta finally be able to own his roots, his power, and his flaws to save Atlantis…and himself?
No word yet on how the recently-launched body swap romp Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target will tie in to the events of Aquamen, though if Arthur Curry suddenly develops archery skills you’ll know there’s some tie-in there.
Look for Aquaman: The Becoming #6, Black Manta #6, and Aquamen #1 all to arrive in stores in February 2022.