DC To Cancel Aquamen In July 2022

Bleeding Cool understands that Aquamen is to be cancelled by DC Comics in July and that the solicitations released tomorrow for July, will contain the final sixth issue.

Relaunched earlier this year with Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde sharing the lead as Aquamen in the DC Universe. Originally under former DC publisher and upcoming Frank Miller publisher Dan DiDio's plan, it would have just been Jackson Hyde as the new Aquaman of the DC Universe, but things changed. Bleeding Cool noted previously how orders crashed with the second issue, and not even a hastily-arranged 30% overship with a free Jim Lee variant cover could save the day.

As the Aquaverse Twitter account points out, Aquamen was a stealth six-issue mini-series, which means it was originally planned to be a mini-series but was felt by DC that if it was presented that way, retailers would not order sufficient copies, and so it was presented as an ongoing series. And if sales were high enough, it would be extended anyway. But the belief is that presenting it as a mini-series would have harmed orders. However,  with only 19,000 initial orders for the second issue before the Jim Lee cover was dropped, it's hard to see that it would have made much of a difference.

I'm sure the creative team being told, courtesy of the upcoming Justice League #75, that the Arthur Curry character was to die, couldn't have helped. Would Aquamen have to have become Aquaman – with a different Aquaman to the one in the movie?

It is true to say that DC has an Aquaman problem. The only time in recent years when the title had attention and sales was with the New 52 relaunch, with Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, which basically treated Aquaman as if he was Samuel L Jackson. As it stands, there seem to be only two ways Aquaman gets attention, with something incredibly classic or something incredibly radical, and the presence of a movie doesn't seem to touch this much. At FanExpo Philadelphia this weekend, Dan DiDio told the crowd that movies help graphic novel and trade paperback sales but don't touch the sales of individual issues. But maybe the movie might at least spur desire for a new series in 2023.

To fill the gap, there will be Aquaman Andromeda and Aquaman/Flash Voidsong song series coming up, but these aren't DC Universe projects…

DC To Cancel Aquamen In June 2022
DC To Cancel Aquamen In June 2022

(W) Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas (A) Sami Basri (CA) Travis Moore
Dive deeper following the thrilling conclusions of Aquaman: The Becoming and Black Manta! When a terrorist in Middle America is revealed as an Atlantean sleeper agent seemingly gone rogue, the Aquamen—Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde—are on the case. But it soon becomes clear that the tragedy was not just a single bad actor, but the beginnings of a much larger and more dangerous chain reaction…and the heart of an explosive Atlantean conspiracy! If Arthur's not careful, the secrets he's keeping—from Mera, Tula, Tempest, Atlantis, the surface, and even Jackson—could cause a rift from which the Aquamen might never recover! Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 2/22/2022

(W) Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas (A) Sami Basri (CA) Travis Moore
After the shocking revelation at the end of last issue, will the new Aquamen partnership be over before it even begins?! With more Atlantean sleepers awaking, the team races to discover what Orm's role is in the situation…and how long has he been involved?!
= Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 3/29/2022

(W) Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas (A) Max Raynor (CA) Travis Moore
While Jackson Hyde's investigation into the Atlantean sleeper agents leads him into the dark and dangerous streets of Gotham City, Arthur struggles with his own secrets and the rift that his past mistakes are creating in his future with Mera. Danger lurks in the darkness of Gotham's shadows, but so does a surprising ally. Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 4/26/2022

(W) Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas (A) Sami Basri (CA) Travis Moore
As the Atlantean sleeper agents awaken all over the globe, their message is clear…Atlantis remembers! How long have these sleeper agents been out in the world? More importantly, how long has Arthur been aware of their existence? The answer to that question may just end his partnership with Jackson as well as his marriage to Mera! Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 5/24/2022

(W) Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas (A) Sami Basri (CA) Travis Moore
Our heroes race to construct a new deactivation spire as the Atlantean sleeper agents continue to awaken worldwide. Can the Aquamen Family hold them off long enough for construction to be completed? Not if the Scavenger has anything to say about it! Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 6/28/2022

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