The world has changed; if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you will be unaware that DC Comics have had a massive shake-up by resetting 52 of their titles to #1.
But what brought us to this point? Why is the world anew? Well, you can blame Flashpoint. Sort of.
It’s no secret how much DC rely on Batman; with the relaunch, he will be the most-featured character appearing in at least 13 different titles, with his name to at least three. But with Batman and Robin, he shares credit with his annoying heir-to-his-throne side-kick, Boy Wonder.
There have been many Robins over the years; the current incarnation is none other than Bruce Wayne‘s son, Damien – a child he shares with sometimes-hero, sometimes-villain Talia Al Ghul.
Aquaman #1 starts, rather aptly, at the bottom of the ocean with an unknown and vicious-looking race emerging ominously and in search of food.
All-the-while Aquaman is keeping busy on land by not only foiling a bank robbery in Boston (embarrassing local police in the process) but also finding time to visit his favourite childhood eatery in an attempt to reconnect with his past as a land-dweller.
Finally! The angry, rage-filled corps get their very own series; but how does one sell a story about a group of blood-spewing, murderous vigilantes? Think of it as Green Lantern-meets-Dexter. But with more emotion.
At the centre of the story is Atrocitus; the previously-evil-now-deeply-conflicted leader of the rage-wielding Red Lanterns. But what gives, Atro? You starting to cheer up, mate? Atrocitus is not happy (naturally). But he is not angry either. He is annoyed that his one chance at avenging the genocide of his entire race was stolen from him by a certain recently-discharged Green Lantern.
What if Superman was finally beaten; that one or many of his arch-enemies finally got one over him and his death was no longer a very distant possibility, but an actual inevitability? Perish the thought.
But this was the question posed by legendary comic book/graphic novel author Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke) in the two issueis arc Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.