With some of the history changing in the New 52, there has been controversy about even the New 52 history changing. One example is Tim Drake as Red Robin. In issue #1 of Teen Titans, he was mentioned in the printed comic as a “Robin“, however that was changed with it went to TPB and came out that he was only a “Robin” for a short time. Saturday it was confirmed by Bleeding Cool that the next Aquaman is now NOT married to Mera:
I was just assured by a senior DC executive that, quite deliberately, “Aquaman is not married in New 52″. And never was. No Mephisto needed.
This comes out of the events too this weekend that Batwoman‘s team of J.H. Williams III & W.H. Blackman leaving Batwoman due to DC not allowing Batwoman to marry Maggie Sawyer which Dan Didio has issued a statement and spoke at the Baltimore Comic-Con about why.
However just with any New 52/DC Comics controversy, the super sleuth/super fans have proof that contradicts the statements DC makes. DC Women Kicking Ass tumblr has posted direct quotes from Geoff Johns and other sources including DC own site:
From an interview in Maxim magazine:
You made Aquaman’s wife, Mera, a much more prominent character – how come?
For me, her background is really interesting. She felt very strong to me, her hydroconnect powers are very interesting – controlling the water is visually beautiful and I felt the character was very appealing. That’s why we introduced her in Blackest Night and had her stand on her own before we brought Aquaman in. You know, I think people respond to the character because she is such a strong, confident kickass superhero.
DC own site:
A princess of the underwater kingdom of Xebel who possesses enhanced strength, durability and the ability to bend water to her will, Mera trained since birth for her ultimate mission: to kill the current King of Atlantis in retaliation for her people’s exile. Mera knew that to do this, she’d have to gain Aquaman’s trust. It was the only way she could get close enough to kill him. But as she got to know Aquaman, something unexpected occurred—she fell in love. And thus began the fiery redhead’s constantly conflicted sense of being. To stand beside her husband is to betray her family and her people, but to give them what they want, to fulfill her mission, is something her heart would never allow her to do.
Although a hero in her own right, Mera often finds herself struggling between two worlds—whether it’s between her own people and her husband or between those of the surface and those of the sea. Her aggressive nature especially puts her at odds with the surface world, a world so much bigger and more complex than she was ever taught and with whom she finds it impossible to relate to and understand. It’s for her love of Aquaman that she even attempts to understand this world of man, and why she continues to try to be a part of both worlds while terrified of belonging to none.
Even on Amazon’s listing of the first collection:
A #1 New York Times Best Seller!
The King of the Seven Seas Aquaman returns to his very own ongoing series for the first time in years at the hands of DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, who reteams with GREEN LANTERN collaborator artist Ivan Reis! Between proving himself to a world that sees him as a joke, Aquaman and his bride Mera face off against a long buried terror from the depths of the ocean!
With the recent events in Aquaman showing Mera is married, could this been the reason why they are saying Aquaman is NOT married, or is the New 52 eraser out again? Time will tell….