At San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics likes to start the day with announcements by co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee — and they kicked off Day 1 of the convention in a big way: Kelly Sue Deconnick, writer on such projects like Captain Marvel and creator of Bitch Planet, is going to write Aquaman in the near future.
DC Comics had a large writers’ summit where their writers can pitch whatever dream project they’d like to do. Typically these pitches are around five minutes long and the room was full of longtime DC mainstays like Geoff Johns and Dan Abnett. Deconnick’s impassioned Aquaman pitch went for 40 minutes long. Lee shared what that pitch was.
“It starts with him washing on shore on this mysterious island, he has amnesia and doesn’t know where he is,” Lee said. So he’s got to discover that he’s king of the seven seas again. He meets other people on this island who are very mysterious and very unusual. We later find out that all of these people are sea gods, that have been thrown out by the angry ocean. When you think about it, it’s really mythological and it sets the tone, and there’s these sea gods from different mythologies and cultures from all around the world that have become forgotten. Thrown out by the angry ocean and that’s happened to Aquaman as well and we don’t know why.”
“It’s going to be an amazing story that’s a re-examination of who the character is, in the same vein as the 'Born Again' (storyline for Daredevil). She talked about him having mother issues, because she’s from the sea and then leaves him. So he goes to the pier looking for her. Aquaman can command all of sea life to come to him, but the only person he is unable to command is his mother. What kind of hole does that leave in his psyche? She weaves that into the story itself.”
Robson Rocha (Deathstroke) will supply the art for Aquaman. DeConnick is already writing Wonder Woman for DC’s Black Label imprint and will be ushering this big story likely around the time the movie comes out. This marks the second time in the present era, that DC Comics has put a woman at the helm of a male solo lead character in mainstream comics. The Benson sisters are currently writing Green Arrow.