Guardians of the Galaxy Artist Dives Into Aquaman

Artist Paul Pelletier, who drew the version of Guardians of the Galaxy that Hollywood has found so irresistible, will head back to DC Comics to take over art chores on Aquaman with #16, just solicited on the DC blog.

Current series artist Ivan Reis, of course, will shift to Justice League in order for Justice League artist Jim Lee to take on an as-yet-untitled Superman comic with Scott Snyder, which rumor has it is tentatively titled Man of Steel to tie in with the June release of the next Superman movie.

“I really want to push myself to do the best work I can for Aquaman," Pelletier said. "Over the years, Geoff Johns and I have had a couple of near misses, so it’s really cool to finally get the chance to work with him on this book. Ivan Reis has set a really high standard for the art on Aquaman, so I’ve got some big shoes to fill. I think Aquaman is going to be a lot of fun to work on, and I look forward to the challenge.”

Besides Guardians of the Galaxy, Pelletier has had plenty of DC Comics experience as well, working on titles like Green Lantern, Flash and Superboy & the Ravers. His first work on Aquaman will tie into the upcoming Throne of Atlantis crossover event.

"I've been a fan of Paul's for a long time now, his Hulk work was phenomenal and I'm anxious for everyone to see his work on Aquaman as we delve into the second year. Paul's bringing a sense of regal power to Arthur and Mera,” series writer Geoff Johns said. “As we head into Throne of Atlantis we'll see the Justice League and Aquaman's relationship evolve when the team comes face-to-face with a mystery that explodes into an all-out war between land and sea. We've held off on Atlantis for awhile now, because Atlantis is a place of mystery. They aren't simply people that live underwater. Their society is extremely different from ours. Part throwback and almost part alien. They aren't what you expect. Especially, Aquaman's brother - Ocean Master. They've barely spent any time in our world. They don't understand it. And they don't understand while their former King would ever abandon Atlantis for the chaotic, war-torn surface world we call home. Paul's jumping into the deep end (Sorry! Trust me, aquatic puns just happen when you're working on this book.) with Throne of Atlantis. Paul and Ivan Reis & Joe Prado tackle a story that goes from Smallville to Gotham to Atlantis to places yet explored in the sea, as the Justice League uncover a secret about Aquaman that no one, not even Arthur himself, knows."