Four Colour Thoughts – Future State: Aquaman #1

The Creators – Brandon Thomas – Writer, Daniel Sampere – Artist, Adriano Lucas – Colours, Clayton Cowles – Letters

The Players – Jackson Hyde (Aquaman), Andy Curry (Aqualass/Aquawoman)

The Story – Time has passed, Aquaman and Mera are no longer in the picture but their daughter and the son of Black Manta are.

The Take – What is both surprising and unsurprising is just how good all of these Future State books have been with this one being no exception. It all begins with an escape attempt by the former Aqualad – Jackson Hyde, now going by Aquaman in the absence of his forbear which then leads into the recent past that finds him and Andy training. Something strange happens and they soon find themselves in a different ocean, mysteriously transported elsewhere with no way to get home. As they continue to find themselves in different waters, called The Confluence, they help those they can along the way until there comes a moment where they are separated, Andy’s ultimate fate unknown. Written by Brandon Thomas, the man does an exceptional job of setting up a mystery while propagating the one that comes built into the title and the Future State event. While it is unknown as to what happened to Mera and Arthur Curry, it actually turns out to be just fine as far as reading the book goes as the main story is incredibly interesting in itself. Thomas creates an all-new world here and it is rife with possibilities and incredibly interesting given the leads of the tale. Here, Jackson stands tall on his own and maybe for the first time in a long time, he has finally become the character he always should have been, filling that hero role he was always meant to fill. Though little is shown of Andy thus far, she too is a player that readers will want to see remain in the game for a long time to come. How that all plays out when this event is over remains to be seen and hopefully, DC does not drop the ball with these two when things go back to ‘normal.’ Bringing this new world to life is Daniel Sampere and his artwork is smooth, clean and quite good and it would be nice to see him too continue on in whatever form Aquaman might take in the future. As the book ends, Thomas leaves it all on a cliff-hanger, leaving the reader wanting more as all good cliff-hangers should and tuning in for the next issue is not even up for questioning.

Worth It? – Yes.

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  1. I haven’t read this one but overall I’ve really enjoyed Future State. As events go its been really good and a fantastic showcase for new creative teams. Kind of makes me wish this event was lasting a bit longer, as its been fun to explore this possible future version of the DCU.. Aquaman Future State sounds really good, will have to check this one out!

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