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DC makes Aquamen series official for 2022

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What's better than an Aquaman but Aquamen?

DC has opened the floodgates on details about the upcoming Aquamen ongoing series, first revealed in a trickle of information at October's DC Fandome 2021 event.

Aquamen #1 variant cover by Jim Lee (Image credit: DC)

And yes, Aquaman may be one of comic book's biggest badasses, one of the industry's most bankable characters, and Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde might be two of DC's hottest superhero hunks, but the bad water puns will never stop.

Aquamen debuts on February 22, 2022 by the creative team of co-writers Brandon Thomas (Aquaman: The Becoming, Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target) and Chuck Brown (Black Manta), with artist Sami Basri (Harley Quinn). 

The ongoing comic book series picks up on threads that began in The Becoming and Black Manta and involves an Atlantean conspiracy that begins to unravel in the heart of "Middle America."

Aquamen #1 cover by Travis Moore (Image credit: DC)

A suicide bomber is revealed as an Atlantean sleeper agent who appears to have gone rogue, but when it begins to become clear the terrorist act wasn't committed by a lone bad actor, but instead was the start of a much deeper and more dangerous chain reaction, Arthur and Jackson team up. But the original Aquaman has secrets of his own - secrets he's keeping from Mera, Tula, Tempest, Atlantis, the surface world, and Jackson himself could cause a rift the new partners and co-Aquaman title holders might not recover from. 

And those are the only Aqua-family members that will be playing a role in the series. Judging by the main cover by Travis Moore and the character sketches DC is showing off, Arthur's arch-foe and Jackosn's father Black Manta will play a role, and judging by the interior page the publisher has released, so will Arthur's brother and other arch-foe, Ocean Master. 

Aquamen #1 interior art by Sami Basri (Image credit: DC)

You can check out all those images above, along with a 1:25 ratio variant cover by Jim Lee and the main cover to Aquamen #1 by Travis Moore, and variant covers by Kael Ngu, Nick Robles, and three character sketches below. 

A Black History Month variant by Alexis Franklin will also be offered. 

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Aquamen #1 picks up directly from the February conclusions to both Thomas' Aquaman: The Becoming and Brown's Black Manta six-issue limited series. 

In February 8's Black Manta #6 with art by Valentine de Landro, a main cover by David Talaski, and a variant cover by Sanford Greene, Black Manta goes head-to-head with Devil Ray, whose ambitions to conquer Atlantis could put the entire world at risk. Manta needs to come to terms with this history, his power, and his flaws to save Atlantis in what DC seems to be suggesting could be a redemption arc.

Check out Talaski and Greene's covers here:

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Black Manta #6

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And in February 15's Aquaman: The Becoming #6 with art by Diego Olortegui and Wade von Grawbadger, color by Adriano Lucas, a main cover by Talaski, and a variant cover by Khary Randolph, Jackson tries to stop the next big undersea terrorist attack that is targeting Mera. But the one-time Aqualad has to stop deferring to his mentor and take the mantle of Aquaman to overcome his greatest enemy and protect the people he loves. 

Check out Talaski and Randolph's covers here:

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Aquaman: The Becoming #6

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2021 was a celebration of 80 years of Aquaman, marking the character's 1941 debut in More Fun Comics #73, and it looks like 2022 will mark the next 80 years of Aquaman ... make that Aquamen, who DC refers to as "The Protectors of the Seven Seas," with a new direction.

Look for DC's full February 2022 solicitations later this week on Newsarama. 

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)