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Aquaman's Brother May Be The Hero DC's Universe Needs

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The latest DC Comics event, "Drowned Earth," sees the Justice League literally out of their depth - and it looks as though Aquaman's greatest enemy, Ocean-Master, could be the only one who can save the world. An army of alien water-gods have launched an attack that threatens to wipe out humans and Atlanteans alike.

The signs are good that the upcoming Aquaman movie will be a success, and as a result DC Comics is preparing to tie in a little. They've launched their latest event, "Drowned Earth," which is designed to bring their aquatic heroes and villains front-and-center as the world faces a terrifying new threat.

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The main plot kicks off in this week's Justice League #10, with Scott Snyder launching a plot in which alien water-gods return to Earth. It seems that, in the ancient days before Atlantis sank beneath the waves, one Atlantean hero named Arion created the Clarion. This was meant to send a cosmic call out to other oceanic worlds, to unite all the water-loving races of the cosmos. Unfortunately, not all the gods of the sea who heard the Clarion were friendly, and Arion unwittingly triggered a divine war.

The Justice League's enemies have sent out the Clarion again, and those warlike gods have returned. Worse, given recent issues of Justice League saw Earth's sea-god Poseidon slain, the planet stands defenseless. The gods unleash a flood of Biblical proportions, with poisoned water that mutates anything it touches into a bloodthirsty monster. And the Justice League are in no position to save the world this time; soon Batman alone is left, and he's currently badly injured. The Dark Knight's only hope is revealed in a tie-in issue, Aquaman #41, which reveals that certain people who can manipulate water are able to hold the floods back. That means Mera - but it also means Aquaman's evil half-brother, Orm, who fortunately was kept prisoner in the towers of Atlantis, high enough that Mera could break him out before the floodwaters reached him.

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It's hardly unusual for comic book publishers to attempt to focus on characters who'll be appearing in the next blockbuster; in this case, though, "Drowned Earth" takes an unusual approach. Aquaman is sidelined right from the start - so much so that he only appears in a single double-page spread in his own comic. Instead, the focus is narrowing in on two members of his supporting cast; Aquaman's beloved Mera, and the ruthless and dangerous Ocean-Master. These two may ultimately be Earth's last hope.

Justice League #10 and Aquaman #41 are both available now from DC Comics.

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