Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Weather Week; Wet, Wetter, Wettest
At first I thought "Weather Week" here at the Absorbascon might come to a splashing halt with Aquaman. Aside from his brief stationings in New Venice and Sub Diego, Aquaman doesn't have a fictionpolis proper whose weather we can describe. I'm not counting Atlantis, of course, whose only 'seasons' would be Wet, Wetter, Wettest, and *glub!*.
But then I remembered that Aquaman's real domain isn't the ocean; as Geoff Johns has emphasized, it's the interface of the ocean with the world above. The real excitement in Aquaman stories comes from incursions from the oceanscape upon the surface world (e.g., the current Atlantean War) and vice versa (e.g., Black Manta).
In the monotony of the underwater world, Aquaman wouldn't experience seasons. Or much else, really, since the only people down there to protect are the Atlanteans, and they're a bunch of jerks, Aquaman's annoying country cousins from the wrong side of the watertracks.
Aquaman must be ecstatic every time he's called to duty in the world above the sea, where people actually need and appreciate his help. Those times, and his land-based homelife with Mera, provide both the seasons and the seasoning to Aquaman's life. I imagine it as looking something like this....
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Uh yeah...weather underwater is a tough one.
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