For those who have been reading Aquaman, you know the King has been dethroned, but that isn't the only change coming for the popular hero.
Aquaman #25 will mark a new era for the hero, and he will be getting a new look as well courtesy of artist Stjepan Seijic. You might notice a similarity to his on-screen counterpart, played by Jason Momoa. This Arthur is sporting a heavy beard and long flowing locks, and even his non-costume attire has influences of his Justice League garb.
Granted, he is staying blonde, but the similarities are more than apparent. Dan Abnett recently spoke to Newsarama about the change in visual style.
“It’s a very, very big, dramatic change. And it’s a really great point to join in. It’s sort of, in some respects, a very fresh start. After a year of an intense bi-monthly run, we’re shifting back to monthly. That’s not a sign of a drop off in success, it’s just time to regroup and focus. One of the things we’re doing is changing art style, and that’s going to need the pace of a monthly book to achieve. So a turning point for Aquaman, the start of a major new direction, a fresh focus and feel… it’s a very big difference.”
Things are going to get worse before they get better for the former King, who is now cut off from the surface world.
“I think it’s going to be even more shocking than [losing the throne] — the price he’s going to pay and the turnaround that’s going to happen in the nature of this book. It is a very, very dramatic moment. I mean, obviously, we’ve carefully timed it to tie in with the 25th issue, because that’s a bit of a milestone. But I hope, like all great twists and swings in the face of fortune in a character, this one makes perfect sense. It might be bad and unexpected, but it is completely organically part of the process that we’ve been
You can view the preview of issue #25 in the gallery.
Aquaman #25 is written by Dan Abnett with art by Stjepan Sejic and a variant cover by Joshua Middleton. The official description is listed below.
“UNDERWORLD” part one! In this extra-sized anniversary issue, former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands—and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. A whole new era of AQUAMAN begins as master storyteller Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone, Death Vigil) joins series writer Dan Abnett for Arthur’s boldest and most harrowing adventure yet!
Aquaman #25 is in stores on June 21.