The 'Throne Of Atlantis' cross-over event begins in December with Justice League #15
Source: Press Release - DC Blog
“Throne of Atlantis” officially kicks off in Justice League #15, followed by part two in Aquaman #15. Both issues will be hitting stores on December 26. In a Press Release over at the DC Blog, writer Geoff Johns teased what readers can expect from each series and “Throne of Atlantis” as a whole.
“It’s the Justice League going up against Atlantis,” Johns explains. “The complexities to that, what Atlantis is, why they attack, what are their view points is really at the heart of the story. The politics and the laws of Atlantis are extremely different than ours and the reasons they attack are a set of circumstances that are a mystery at the center of the story. What triggers the war is a part of the mystery that unravels.”
Half-brothers — Ocean Master and Aquaman — will not clearly be representing good and evil.
With Ocean Master, Johns promises to explore the sides of the character that are not necessarily villainous, comparing Ocean Master to other characters considered to be both heroes and villains — like Sinestro and Black Adam. But he also adds that the character is not like "any other villain I've tackled. He's someone who actually cares very much for his brother. He doesn't understand his brother, Arthur, at all. And he cares for him, because he's his brother.
He has violent tendencies, just like all Atlanteans do, as we've also seen with Arthur. And he has a perspective on the surface world that's very different from Arthur's, but shared with the Atlanteans."
Orm won’t be known as Ocean Master when the story begins. He actually earns that name in this storyline, and eventually the readers will see why.
And although he described "Throne of Atlantis" as being character-focused, the crossover promises plenty of action, with The Trench playing a role, the Atlanteans battling the Justice League, and Johns revealing that there will be "a lot of other heroes" involved too.
Superman and Wonder Woman have a big role in this story. Cyborg has a massive role in "Throne of Atlantis." Everyone will have a big role. Just because Arthur is the focus doesn't mean everyone won't play a role. It's just that he gets a little more of the spotlight.
And then as we move forward in Justice League, you'll see the spotlight rotate a bit in the second year. We will see other Atlanteans, but I’m not saying who just yet.
The crossover also marks creative team changes for both titles. Paul Pelletier will take over art on Aquaman, while the title's former art team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado move over to Justice League.
The crossover prelude begins in Aquaman #14 this Wednesday.
The cross-over officially begins in December with Justice League #15.
It continues in Aquaman #15, Justice League #16 and Aquaman #16.
The crossover has its finale in Justice League #17 — with solicitations promising that the membership of the League will then be expanding.
Below, take a look at Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s interior art for Justice League #15, along with covers to Aquaman and Justice League.
You can also check out additional interviews that Johns conducted with MTV GEEK, IGN, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES, NEWSARAMA, and COMIC VINE.
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Preview art from Justice League #15
Cover to Justice League #17