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Sunday, July 25, 2010 

Mera's background changed and waterlogged

Geoff Johns - and Peter Tomasi - continue to tinker and tamper with DC history. In Brightest Day #5-6, Mera lets Aquaman know that she was an assassin sent to our world to kill him. So not only does Mera's origin as a princess whose throne was usurped by the ruthless Leron -whom both Aquaman and Aqualad fought against years before - sound like it's been retconned out, yet more decent storytelling of the Silver Age has been corrupted, and Xebel turned into another variation on the Phantom Zone, for no good reason.

In related news, I'm also quite annoyed by how Johns and Tomasi have turned Arthur Curry into some kind of a greenie-lefty: he's so mad about an oil spill taking place near Atlantis that he decides to shut down the entire operation of the companies in charge, in an apparent nod to the Obama administration's opposition to offshore drilling (this would likely have been written a few months before the BP oil spill, though its debut now is certainly disturbing in how it mirrors what some leftists might think). And by war, greed and corruption, I assume Arthur is alluding to the Bush administration's battle in Iraq. Can we be clear here? Oil is not the problem, it's how you maintain its use and safety that is, and it's quite tiresome how they imply the Bush administration only raided Iraq to exploit the oil systems. If Aquaman made an argument that companies who act negligent with the safety of their oil transportation and development have no business working in the field, that would be acceptable, but turning him into a near anti-capitalist is going pretty low. Now that this story has been told, however, I won't be surprised if Marvel soon follows suit with Prince Namor, and has him sign a pact with Obama opposing offshore drilling in the pages of their comics! The misuse of even the amphibious superheroes is quite galling.

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The current take on Aquaman indicates B.O. isn't the only person out of touch with the American public.

I can't speak for Aquaman, of course, but President Obama supports offshore drilling as long as it's done safely. When regulations are too lax, then a big leak (and the environmental consequences thereof) is not a matter of "if" but "when". I don't blame Aquaman for being mad.

@Anonymous: I think you've been sipping too much of Obama's kool-aid. Has he actually signed any official approvals for American companies to drill offshore properly?

Aside from that, Aquaman is a fictional character, so of course you can't speak for him. You can only speak for the writers and editors in charge of his storylines, and as far as I can tell, you are.

Has he actually signed any official approvals for American companies to drill offshore properly?

Maybe he would, if the Gulf wasn't still cleaning up the mess from the last laxly regulated spill.

Aside from that, Aquaman is a fictional character, so of course you can't speak for him.

Well, DUH. I was speaking facetiously, Avi. Jeez, lighten up.

You can only speak for the writers and editors in charge of his storylines, and as far as I can tell, you are.

There's a bit of a difference between saying "I think offshore drilling needs to be properly regulated." (like me) and saying "No offshore drilling EVER!!!" (like them).

Oh, you think Aquaman was running around chanting "Drill, Baby, Drill" before those "pinko libs" Johns and Tomasi got their hands on him? Please!

@notintheface: I never expected Aquaman's past writers to make him an advocate for oil-drilling, but neither was the writing as heavy-handed and obtrusive then as the politics seen in today's products. Biggest problem with today's alleged auteurs is they don't have the courage to say they think oil was the worst concept that could come along since the Jurassic period, and they can't keep themselves from being so heavy-handed and blatant with their messaging.

Don't get me wrong, I do recognize that even older writers did things that were embarrassingly bad. But that's still no excuse for what we see in modern times, and now, it's only wrecking a once magnificent art form.

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