DC teases a new one Aquarius series – one that will put a major new spin on the usual Aquaman lore!
Right now, fans are watching DC’s latest crossover event, “Lazarus Planet,” unfold in multiple tie-in comics and one-off specials – including the Lazarus Planet: We were once gods. The one-shot takes a look at various members of the core Justice League roster and how they deal with the epoch-making event of the eruption of Lazarus Volcano, which spews the power-altering Lazarus resin all over the Earth.
In the Aquaman story, a group of people walking along a nighttime beach finds the water stained with Lazarus resin and three bodies washed up on the shore. They take in a blond man to help him, but when he wakes up they find him feral and dangerous. The man attacks the group, slamming one man against a wall and biting another man’s neck as he kidnaps the family’s dog to eat. During the fight it becomes clear that the stranger is not as human as he first seems…
Aquaman arrives at the scene just in time to stop the group of humans from retaliating and killing the stranger. The King of the Sea confirms that the eruption of Lazarus Volcano somehow affected the mutated ancient Atlanteans known as “The Trench”, transforming them back into their original humanoid forms. At the end of the story, a clear set-up has been made for the next Aquaman series to take on the story of Arthur trying to lead the Trench back into the world – without causing harm to both the surface world and the rest of the world. Atlantis:
“The volcanic eruption changed the world, dragged them out of the trenches. I see them now for what they really are. My ancestors. And if we can’t show them how to share these shores… I’m afraid we’ll will see what they are really capable of.”
The upcoming “Dawn of DC” reboot offers all sorts of new status quos for the DC characters – and this one is sure to be an unexpected twist on Aquaman lore. The Trench is a series of monsters introduced as a monstrous vision of what the people of Atlantis could become – now Aquaman could dive in X-Men vibes, with Arthur attempting to lead a group of unique (and potentially dangerous) people whom the world hates and fears. And if The Trench can’t reclaim their humanity both internally and socially, Aquaman could become the leader of a truly savage tribe.
Lazarus Planet: We were once gods is for sale at DC.