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Jackson Hyde is ready to make some waves! Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who's caught his eye, and access to Aquaman's private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown t Jackson Hyde is ready to make some waves! Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who's caught his eye, and access to Aquaman's private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in them. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad's going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman! Collects: Aquaman:The Becoming #1-6 Future State: Aquaman #1-2 1 story from Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1


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Jackson Hyde is ready to make some waves! Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who's caught his eye, and access to Aquaman's private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown t Jackson Hyde is ready to make some waves! Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who's caught his eye, and access to Aquaman's private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in them. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad's going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman! Collects: Aquaman:The Becoming #1-6 Future State: Aquaman #1-2 1 story from Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

30 review for Aquaman: The Becoming

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Aquaman: The Becoming - ★★★ - by Brandon Thomas & a crapload of artists Jackson Hyde takes center stage when he's framed as a terrorist. We delve into his mother's side of the family during a return to Xebel. A lot of the political stuff is paper thin. Jackson returns to Atlantis towards the end and isn't arrested even though he wasn't cleared of the bombings he was framed for. I'd have like to have seen more personal growth from Jackson instead of just reacting (often poorly) to all the stuff th Aquaman: The Becoming - ★★★ - by Brandon Thomas & a crapload of artists Jackson Hyde takes center stage when he's framed as a terrorist. We delve into his mother's side of the family during a return to Xebel. A lot of the political stuff is paper thin. Jackson returns to Atlantis towards the end and isn't arrested even though he wasn't cleared of the bombings he was framed for. I'd have like to have seen more personal growth from Jackson instead of just reacting (often poorly) to all the stuff that's thrown at him. There's a ton of artists on this book. You'd think an artist would be able to meet deadlines for a 6 issue miniseries but that's not the case here. Future State: Aquaman - ★★★★★ - by Brandon Thomas & Daniel Sampere Easily the best of the Future State stories I've read. Jackson Hyde has graduated to Aquaman and is training Aqualass. They are lost in The Confluence bouncing from world to world connected by the Great Ocean. I loved this one. I don't see this future ever coming to happen though as it takes about 15 years in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Guilherme Smee

    Esta minissérie de Jackson Hyde, o então Aqualad foi prometida como uma jornada de autoconhecimento do personagem em que, através dela, ele assumiria o nome e manto de novo Aquaman. Fora isso, foi vendida como parte do mês do orgulho queer, promentendo abordar a sexulidade do personagem. Contudo, nem uma coisa nem outra são cumpridas aqui neste encadernado. O que acontece aqui é que Jackson fica conhecendo alguns segredos da sua mãe xebelianae outras ligações familiares, que não vem do pai vilão Esta minissérie de Jackson Hyde, o então Aqualad foi prometida como uma jornada de autoconhecimento do personagem em que, através dela, ele assumiria o nome e manto de novo Aquaman. Fora isso, foi vendida como parte do mês do orgulho queer, promentendo abordar a sexulidade do personagem. Contudo, nem uma coisa nem outra são cumpridas aqui neste encadernado. O que acontece aqui é que Jackson fica conhecendo alguns segredos da sua mãe xebelianae outras ligações familiares, que não vem do pai vilão, Arraia Negra. Mas muito pouco de sua sexualidade é abordado, acabando que tudo se torna um baita banho de água fria para os leitores e para os fãs do personagem. A história não é ruim mas também não é boa. A arte é irregular com um desenhista a cada edição da minissérie. O destaque vai para as irreparaáveis cores de Adriano Lucas, que transforma o fundo do mar mais diverso do que a narrativa se propõe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    There are only so many stories you can tell about Aqualad having to deal with his father. We know Black Manta's a dick, and so does he, so there's no point rehashing that plot more than it needs to be. So instead, Aquaman: The Becoming focuses on the other side of Jackson's family tree in order to craft a political thriller that takes Jackson to the heart of Xebel to find out the truth about his mother. The thing this story does well is show us that Jackson can stand on his own two feet. This is There are only so many stories you can tell about Aqualad having to deal with his father. We know Black Manta's a dick, and so does he, so there's no point rehashing that plot more than it needs to be. So instead, Aquaman: The Becoming focuses on the other side of Jackson's family tree in order to craft a political thriller that takes Jackson to the heart of Xebel to find out the truth about his mother. The thing this story does well is show us that Jackson can stand on his own two feet. This is the story about him realising that he's good enough to assume the mantle of Aquaman, and as he navigates his way through battle both political and physical, he proves it to himself just as much as the reader. With some assistance from Mera, his wayward family, and his not-quite-boyfriend-yet Ha'wea, he manages to show that there's room in the Seven Seas for two Aquamen after all. For a six issue mini-series, there are a lot of artists involved. Diego Orlortegui is the supposed main artist, but there are also contributions from Daniel Acuna, Scott Koblish, and Paul Pelletier across the story. None of them are bad, but I always find it bizarre that a mini-series can't keep a consistent art team. Aquaman: The Becoming does what it says on the tin - it tells the story of Jackson Hyde inheriting the title of Aquaman, and showing to the world that he deserves it. The artwork's all over the place, but the story has a set goal that it accomplishes without drowning under its own weight.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Really enjoyed this. The last two issues are Future State: Aquaman, and I'm shamefully far behind with DC Comics, but it all still made sense! Love that. Really enjoyed this. The last two issues are Future State: Aquaman, and I'm shamefully far behind with DC Comics, but it all still made sense! Love that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yuri

    3,5/5 First of, the art is gorgeous. Especially the character design. I think the political setting was well established and developed. Considering this was my first issue of this, apparently, new DC phase. With that said, I left this comic pretty disappointed. My disappointment comes from expectation. I wanted this to be more focused on Jackson. A somewhat coming of age plot, instead of political conspiracy mixed with betrayals and family drama. The last issues inserted more personal subjects bu 3,5/5 First of, the art is gorgeous. Especially the character design. I think the political setting was well established and developed. Considering this was my first issue of this, apparently, new DC phase. With that said, I left this comic pretty disappointed. My disappointment comes from expectation. I wanted this to be more focused on Jackson. A somewhat coming of age plot, instead of political conspiracy mixed with betrayals and family drama. The last issues inserted more personal subjects but it felt disconnected because that conflicts weren’t established at any point. At least in this comic. Overall, I might look for the sequels to this because I usually like Aquaman’s lore and I’m interested in Aqualad. But I wish this had worked better as a standalone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I've missed a lot of this character's back story, so as an introduction- Not bad. But, I'll argue Aquaman's continuity is reaching/has reached Hawkman stage. This translates as to Film/comic book writer James Robinson said about Hawkman, and I paraphase a little here He's radioactive-per DC editorial I mean the story is ok, but do I care about Jackson Hyde as a character, and well the answer is not quite yet. I've missed a lot of this character's back story, so as an introduction- Not bad. But, I'll argue Aquaman's continuity is reaching/has reached Hawkman stage. This translates as to Film/comic book writer James Robinson said about Hawkman, and I paraphase a little here He's radioactive-per DC editorial I mean the story is ok, but do I care about Jackson Hyde as a character, and well the answer is not quite yet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    What a letdown. Brandon Thomas introduced me to Jackson Hyde in Future State which was fantastic. I loved the art and the story. But something about this made me hesitant so I waited until the library brought it. They slapped that DC Pride logo on it which made me more curious. First off, Diego Olortegui's art is pretty respectable. But it switches to Scott Koblish and I'm not crazy about his art style. Daniel Sampere did the Future State art which I feel is superior to either but I understand th What a letdown. Brandon Thomas introduced me to Jackson Hyde in Future State which was fantastic. I loved the art and the story. But something about this made me hesitant so I waited until the library brought it. They slapped that DC Pride logo on it which made me more curious. First off, Diego Olortegui's art is pretty respectable. But it switches to Scott Koblish and I'm not crazy about his art style. Daniel Sampere did the Future State art which I feel is superior to either but I understand that you can't keep the same creative time sometimes. The story started off strong and really had my interest. They even teased a love interest for Jackson. But nothing happened for Jackson, other than..ya know...briefly showing he's gay. And with each issue, the quality dropped and so did my interest. It quickly became run of the mill superhero faire. That's not inherently bad but I was glad when I was done. And speaking of the ending...what was that? If you want to leave me hanging, I have to want more in the first place and honestly, I don't! If you are looking for a good Aquaman or superhero book, this ain't it. If you are seeking a good LGBTQ+ superhero comic, this ain't it either.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I don't think I'm stupid... but I had a lot of trouble following this storyline. Granted, I came into this story with essentially zero knowledge about Aquaman, Atlantis, Xebel, etc. (I've read Mera: Tidebreaker and You Brought Me the Ocean but that's it. Never even seen the movie.) I liked Jackson as a character, and the artwork is very beautiful and vibrant. Just not impressed with the writing. TW: xenophobia, (view spoiler)[death of a parent (hide spoiler)] ❓ Read for the 2022 Whatever-You-Want- I don't think I'm stupid... but I had a lot of trouble following this storyline. Granted, I came into this story with essentially zero knowledge about Aquaman, Atlantis, Xebel, etc. (I've read Mera: Tidebreaker and You Brought Me the Ocean but that's it. Never even seen the movie.) I liked Jackson as a character, and the artwork is very beautiful and vibrant. Just not impressed with the writing. TW: xenophobia, (view spoiler)[death of a parent (hide spoiler)] ❓ Read for the 2022 Whatever-You-Want-Athon ❓ 🏳️‍🌈I read this title for the third annual Queer Blackathon!🏳️‍🌈

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tuni

    I don’t usually do DC, because I like to have an idea of the full scope of the universe and I can only handle one comic universe’s tangled mythos. But I have been wanting to try more self contained DC series. I think this hit better than some comic series I have read recently. Was it perfect? No, but given that I went in with essentially 0 working knowledge of Aquaman, they did a decent job of clueing me in to background. And got me interested enough to want to continue on with Aquamen. The only r I don’t usually do DC, because I like to have an idea of the full scope of the universe and I can only handle one comic universe’s tangled mythos. But I have been wanting to try more self contained DC series. I think this hit better than some comic series I have read recently. Was it perfect? No, but given that I went in with essentially 0 working knowledge of Aquaman, they did a decent job of clueing me in to background. And got me interested enough to want to continue on with Aquamen. The only really downside for me was how muddled the ending was. I don’t think it really did the rest of the issues justice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phobos

    Instagram | Book Blog | Twitter Content Warnings: xenophobia, genre typical blood & violence 3.5 stars rounded up! I love a good origin story, and this one was great. It was easy to pick up and read as someone who hasn’t read more than the one-off DC comic in years. Unfortunately for my money this does mean I have to buy Aquamen now. Instagram | Book Blog | Twitter Content Warnings: xenophobia, genre typical blood & violence 3.5 stars rounded up! I love a good origin story, and this one was great. It was easy to pick up and read as someone who hasn’t read more than the one-off DC comic in years. Unfortunately for my money this does mean I have to buy Aquamen now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    So, the Aquaman storyline has been a tangle for the last few years. A mess that needs cleaning up. THIS is that clean up. Jackson Hyde, the son of Black Manta and a Xebel woman, is a lot of things. Teen Titan, Xebelian, Aquaman's assistant, LGBTQ... He's also still pretty lost and finding his place. This is definitely a transitional story. We get a more fleshed out Xebel and how rough it is there. We're introduced to Jackson's full family and given backstory for most. It's a good setup for the nex So, the Aquaman storyline has been a tangle for the last few years. A mess that needs cleaning up. THIS is that clean up. Jackson Hyde, the son of Black Manta and a Xebel woman, is a lot of things. Teen Titan, Xebelian, Aquaman's assistant, LGBTQ... He's also still pretty lost and finding his place. This is definitely a transitional story. We get a more fleshed out Xebel and how rough it is there. We're introduced to Jackson's full family and given backstory for most. It's a good setup for the next step in making Jackson Aquaman vs just being a junior player as Aqualad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This was underwhelming at best. The art was good, the story, not so much. Jackson is an interesting character. His role it he Future State storyline was beautiful, but here… it was too much, too little depth, and it got spread too thin for too many issues without anything holding it together. The whole Xebel thing grew boring since the very first time it got mentioned. Definitely it wasn’t enough to hold my interest. I feel it missed the mark and it will hardly get any momentum for the subsequen This was underwhelming at best. The art was good, the story, not so much. Jackson is an interesting character. His role it he Future State storyline was beautiful, but here… it was too much, too little depth, and it got spread too thin for too many issues without anything holding it together. The whole Xebel thing grew boring since the very first time it got mentioned. Definitely it wasn’t enough to hold my interest. I feel it missed the mark and it will hardly get any momentum for the subsequent Aquamen title.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Rauch

    This book was so well done! I absolutely loved it! There was just one thing that kept me from marking it as 5 stars and that was the fact that because I'm new to the DC comic verse, it felt like there was quite a bit left out. Like there was quite a bit of context I was missing. But other than that, it was a really wonderful comic and I'd highly recommend it. This book was so well done! I absolutely loved it! There was just one thing that kept me from marking it as 5 stars and that was the fact that because I'm new to the DC comic verse, it felt like there was quite a bit left out. Like there was quite a bit of context I was missing. But other than that, it was a really wonderful comic and I'd highly recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    Jackson is a wonderful character, and it's great to see him become Aquaman here. Like most superheroes, he has a messed up family lineage, but Thomas makes it unique, and the art is great. Jackson is a wonderful character, and it's great to see him become Aquaman here. Like most superheroes, he has a messed up family lineage, but Thomas makes it unique, and the art is great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Codd

    In some ways really interesting, in others the standard young super hero origin beats that feel like they've played out repeatedly, but with new faces In some ways really interesting, in others the standard young super hero origin beats that feel like they've played out repeatedly, but with new faces

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lewis

    Great comic entry-point especially if you want to read about a Gay Black Superhero!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brannigan

    A fun little thriller story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (they them)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Delia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Walker - Trans-Scribe Reviews

  21. 4 out of 5

    May

  22. 5 out of 5

    Owen Baldner

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jake Gray

  25. 5 out of 5

    Declan

  26. 5 out of 5

    AleEna

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ada

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Noah Cate

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cole Daniel

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