This December, Aquaman will learn how to be Aquaman all over again. Kelly Sue DeConnick, who played a key role in revamping the Captain Marvel comic at Marvel, is getting a shot at a founding member of the Justice League in Arthur Curry, starting with Aquaman #43.
Following the “Drowned Earth” storyline that will be running through Aquaman and Justice League, DeConnick’s run finds Arthur on a mysterious island with no memory of being one of the world’s greatest superheroes. DeConnick told Entertainment Weekly, “He has to relearn who he is and where he comes from. It gives us a chance to revisit basic ideas about him.”
Aquaman’s clean slate also gave DeConnick an opportunity to look at other sources for inspiration. While she is not recreating the DCEU version of Aquaman, there is something that she enjoys about Jason Momoa’s representation. “The cinematic Aquaman is very different from the DC Universe Aquaman, but there are a couple of shots of Momoa where you see a twinkle in his eye. I’m very interested in that swagger, that kind of internal reserve that all of our heroes have, that playfulness.”
With the former King of Atlantis spending the past year trying to overthrow a tyrannical ruler, a bit of swagger and playfulness are what Aquaman deserves, even if he does have amnesia. If what she did with Captain Marvel transfers to Aquaman, DeConnick has another sure fire hit on her hands.
Aquaman #43 will be available in comic shops and digital this December.