DC have dropped a preview of the first issue of their eagerly anticipated Aquaman: The Becoming, a six-issue miniseries that will shine the spotlight on fan favourite Jackson Hyde as he tries to make the transition from Aqualad to full-on Aquaman.
Written by Brandon Thomas (who also penned Future State: Aquaman) and drawn by Diego Olortegui, along with artists Wade von Grawbadger, Scott Koblish, Skylar Patridge and Adriano Lucas, the series launches on September 21st, and is still available for pre-order at your local comic shop until Sunday August 29th.
Here’s the official blurb:
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!
“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.”
We’re big fans of Jackson here at the Big Comic Page, so will definitely be checking this one out in September. But if that’s too long to wait, Aquafans can also get their fix during the pages of the Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super-Spectacular, which hits shelves on August 31st in the form of a short story from Thomas, Olortegui, von Grawbadger and Lucas.
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