SDCC: Kelly Sue DeConnick To Write Aquaman

Aquaman to Be Written by Bitch Planet Author

At San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, DC Comics announced that Aquaman would be getting a new author. Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of Bitch Planet, will be taking over the book from Peter David. The start of her run has not yet been announced. DC announced the change at their Meet the Publishers panel with Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. Robson Rocha will be taking over art duties for DeConnick’s run. According to those at the panel, DeConnick talked about working with previous Aquaman scribes Geoff Johns and Peter David to develop her run.

The Memories of Aquaman

New Aquaman writer Kelly Sue DeConnick signs copies of Captain Marvel at a con
New Aquaman writer Kelly Sue DeConnick signs copies of Captain Marvel at a con

At the panel, DeConnick revealed some of her plans for her run. Bleeding Cool said that her plans include “Aquaman searching for his mother, a very mythological take among the sea gods, and a retooling of Aquaman’s origin in the process as he is washed up on shore with amnesia.” Heroic Hollywood reports that “Co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have likened DeConnick’s story to Batman: Year One, with Lee noting that it will explore Arthur Curry’s relationship with his mother and how her absence has left a void in the DC hero.” This is high praise, as Frank Miller’s Year One is a high water mark for fellow Justice Leaguer, Batman. 

Busy Con for Sea King

It has been a banner year for Arthur Curry. In addition to the DeConnick announcement, the trailer for his solo movie dropped, to a great reception. Jason Momoa’s take on the King of the Seven Seas has been widely embraced by the community. In addition to a greatly acclaimed run on the Aquaman solo comic, a spinoff focusing on his wife Mera has also garnered high critical and fan praise.

Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.

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