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http://daken.shutterfly.com/ THE SON OF WOLVERINE http://daken.shutterfly.com http://damian.shutterfly.com Daken From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2009) Daken Cover art for Wolverine: Origins #14. Daken is at the right. Art by Marko Djurdjevic. Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics First appearance Wolverine Origins #10 (March, 2007) Created by Victor "The Iceman" Beckles, a.k.a- Dr. Franklyn Victor Beckles, Jr. Daniel Way Fredrick Davis Alexander Pope Steve Dillon In-story information Alter ego Akihiro Species Human Mutant Team affiliations Dark Avengers Notable aliases Wolverine Abilities Regenerative healing factor Retractable bone claws Superhuman senses, stamina, and reflexes Pheromone manipulation that suppresses his scent and alters emotions and sensory perception of others Excellent martial artist Daken (Akihiro) is a fictional character who exists in the Marvel Comics Universe, and was born a mutant. Daken is the son of Wolverine and Itsu, Wolverine's wife. Contents [hide] •1 Publication history •2 Fictional character biography ◦2.1 Dark Reign ◦2.2 Dark X-Men •3 Powers and abilities •4 Skills and personality •5 Notes •6 References •7 External links [edit] Publication history Please help improve this article or section by expanding it. Further information might be found on the talk page. (February 2009) Daken becomes a member of the Dark Avengers, as part of Dark Reign, taking the role of his father.[1] The character also becomes the lead in the Wolverine series, which becomes Dark Wolverine in issue #75.[2][3] Brian Bendis, writer of Dark Avengers has said: “ Daken is one of the best things to come out of 'Origins,' and what better way to piss off his father? He's an iconic and legacy character attached to a number of cool things in the Marvel Universe, but he really hasn't had a lot of face time with it. So we can really roll up our sleeves and see what we've got there and help create a character.[1] ” [edit] Fictional character biography While in the last stages of her pregnancy, Itsu is murdered by Winter Soldier in an attempt to draw Wolverine out and return him to custody in Madripoor.[4] Emma Frost would eventually, many years later, encounter his shadowed visage in a precognitive dream.[5] She promptly informs Logan that his son, whom he believed died along with his expecting mother, is alive.[6] After Itsu's death, a mysterious man wearing a trench coat that conceals his identity cuts baby Daken from his mother's womb and leaves her body lying on the floor. Many years later, it is revealed that Daken survived the horrible incident due to inheriting his father's healing factor.[7] After being cut from his mother's womb, sometime in the year 1946, he's placed at the doorstep of Akihira and Natsumi, a wealthy young and traditional Japanese couple. They take his presence as an answer to their prayers and raise him as their own. Though he is named Akihiro by his father, the servants and other families of the province secretly refer to the boy as Daken (駄犬, "bastard dog" or "mongrel"), a slur on his obvious mixed heritage. As Akihiro grows, he is often teased by the other boys of the village. His harsh treatment over the years causes Akihiro to develop a very cold personality, directed at everyone except his father. One night, Natsumi confesses to Akihira that she doesn't love their adopted son and that, after long years of trying, she's pregnant. Akihiro overhears the talk and begins plotting. Within a year, after the birth of the baby, Akihiro confronts his mother and tells her that he has killed her son. Akihira is furious and disowns Akihiro, who furiously responds that "Akihiro" isn't his true name anyway. Natsumi suddenly appears and tries to run him through, triggering the unsheathing of his mutant claws. He waves his arm, accidentally slashing Natsumi. Akihira, unable to force himself to harm his son, commits suicide. Romulus then appears to the boy for the first time and tells him that he is what the boy will someday become.[8] At some point, he does adopt the name Daken though his subsequent activities aren't known. Daken's personal motives are unclear at this time. Disguised as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, he brutally stabs Dum Dum Dugan and confronts his incarcerated father for the first time. He finally slashes Logan across the stomach and leaves him to bleed on the floor, just as his mother was left many years before.[9] Daken is revealed to have "aided" his father's escape, though not for benevolent reasons. He is next seen in Berlin at the home of a woman with whom he has been cruelly, and romantically, toying. He allowed her to witness him kissing another man on a date, although unbeknownst to her, he later murdered the man to acquire a passport. Knowing that she would drink an entire bottle of burgundy, he secretly poisons it, resulting in her death. He had to end the relationship and her life so that no loose ends could be left to tie him to his crimes.[10] While walking through the streets of Potsdam, Germany, Daken is then contacted by an anonymous messenger who reminds him of his displeased master's "ultimate goal". Daken then dispatches the messenger to again make sure no trace of his presence is left. Later he appears on a train to Brussels, watching his father in a nearby stolen car. He then receives a phone call from an unknown "friend" (who is actually the resurrected Cyber), confirming his father's destination.[11] Shadowing his father into a bank vault in Brussels that contains the carbonadium synthesizer, Daken engages Wolverine in a bloody battle with Daken demonstrating great fighting prowess and similar speed and agility as his father. As Wolverine is hampered in the feud by his lack of desire to kill his son and his fading belief that Daken can be redeemed, he quickly loses the upper hand despite his greater experience and training. Their fight is interrupted when Cyber breaks into the vault and challenges Daken.[12] It is then revealed that Daken trained under Cyber in the past. Cyber mentions that Daken is a better and faster fighter than he, and was his finest student. However, Cyber's imperviousness and greater strength makes that a moot point (which he later clearly explains to Wolverine). Daken refuses to lead Cyber to his masters and flees the fight, leaving his father and his mentor to deal with each other.[13] Daken is then seen in the presence of Wild Child, and a scarred, expressionless torturer who whips him with a gasoline soaked length of rope. He pleads for mercy, but receives only a warning from his "master" to stay away from his father.[14] Daken had spent the last couple of months being tortured under observation by Wild Child, who is acting on orders from their mutual master, Romulus.[15] Daken returned and cut off Deadpool's hand before letting Wolverine fall into a water tank while Deadpool was off guard. Daken and Deadpool began fighting, with Daken quickly gaining the upper hand. In the meantime, Wolverine was blown out of the tank due to Daken kicking grenades that Deadpool intended to use against him into the tank. Deadpool briefly gains the upper-hand by kicking Daken face-first into a wall, dizzying him. The battle ended soon however after with Daken repeatedly using his claws against Deadpool, including severing his other hand. The trauma and blood loss caused Deadpool to lose consciousness. Daken was then confronted by Wolverine, only to be shot in the back of the head. Wolverine explained that he set up the entire scenario. He explained how he called in a favor from Bucky to pose as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to hire Deadpool for the job. Wolverine fought Deadpool and allowed himself to lose in the hopes of drawing Daken out because he speculated that Daken wouldn't allow anyone else to kill him. The plan worked as the bullet Daken was shot with was composed of carbonadium, one of several that Wolverine had the Tinkerer make for him. As with Wolverine, the speed and efficiency of Daken's mutant healing factor was dramatically reduced, though not completely suppressed, due to the toxic nature of carbonadium. As Wolverine left with the unconscious Daken, he told Deadpool, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, not to take the entire scheme personally and that if Deadpool chose to come after him, Wolverine would cut him up and eat him, a threat Deadpool takes no heed too. In the Manifest Destiny storyline, Daken has been tracked down by Sebastian Shaw and Mister Sinister to help Daken regain his memories. In the finale of the Original Sin storyline, Daken finally learns the truth behind Itsu's death and has joined Wolverine in seeking revenge against Romulus.[16] However, Daken seemingly betrayed Wolverine to Cyber. It was later revealed it was all a plan to get to Cyber's secrets. After learning them, Daken apparently killed Cyber, leaving his body to Wolverine.[17]. During a conversation between Wolverine and Nick Fury, Fury reveals that he believes Daken is going after the Muramasa blade that Wolverine left in Cyclops' care. The sword has various mystical properties, including disabling superhuman regenerative powers [18]. Fury believes that Daken intends to take the sword and have the metal bonded to his bone claws after stating that the Tinkerer would know how to do such a thing and had last been spotted in New York City.[19] [edit] Dark Reign Main article: Dark Reign (comics) In the Dark Reign storyline, Norman Osborn puts together a new group of Avengers (in the comic book titled Dark Avengers) of which Daken is a member, wears a version of his father's brown and tan Wolverine costume, and takes the Wolverine name for himself. Cyclops then sees him as a liability and plans to kill him with the Muramasa blade to protect the image of the X-Men. It is revealed, however, that he agreed to join the Dark Avengers as a way to draw out Cyclops to take the Muramasa blade from his possession. Daken is seen alongside the other Dark Avengers fighting Morganna le Fay's demons. [edit] Dark X-Men According to released covers and interviews with the writers[citation needed], it appears that Daken (in his Dark Wolverine) persona, will be joining the roster of Emma Frost's Dark X-Men during the X-Men/Dark Avengers six-part crossover 'Utopia'. Whether or not he will remain part of the Dark Avengers is unconfirmed, but since his father was (is) simultaneously a member of the X-Men, the New Avengers and X-Force, there would appear to be precedent. [edit] Powers and abilities Like Wolverine, Daken's primary mutant power is an accelerated healing factor that allows him to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue much faster and more extensively than a normal human is capable of. Although he is over 60 years old, he has the look and appearance of a man much younger and in his physical prime. Daken's physical senses, stamina, and reflexes are also heightened to superhuman levels as a by-product of his accelerated healing factor. As with most of his powers, the full limits of these powers are unknown. Daken also has three retractable bone claws housed within each forearm, though their configuration and appearance is somewhat different from those of Wolverine. Two claws extend between his knuckles while the third extends from the underside of his wrists. The texture appears to be porous and dark in color quite like the claws Wolverine possesses in their natural bone state, as seen in Wolverine: Origin[20]. It was recently revealed in the pages of Dark Reign: Hawkeye[21] that his claws have a naturally ferrous or metallic composition, allowing him to penetrate materials such as metal; he was able to penetrate stolen Iron-Man armor being used by a thief. Daken has the ability to consciously secrete pheromones that can alter the emotional state and sensory perceptions of others. He has used this ability to generate intense fear, happiness, depression, and a false sense of security in others. He can also use the pheromones to alter a person's perception, thereby appearing behind a person or out of a person's range of vision.[citation needed] Daken's mind is naturally resistant to telepathic probes and assaults. As a result of Romulus' conditioning, Daken's mind contains a certain, undescribed "trap" for most telepaths that attempt to push too far into his mind.[22] [edit] Skills and personality Unlike Wolverine, Daken has no moral compunction about killing innocents, which he has done in a professional capacity for quite some time. In his appearances he is seen murdering several people. However, like the Winter Soldier, the majority of Daken's personality had been artificially erased, rendering him little more than a living weapon capable of tactical and strategic forethought in order to carry out assassinations. Daken has formidable hand to hand combat skills, though the extent of his exact training has yet to be revealed. However, he has proven capable of defeating his father(Logan forfeited), Deadpool, and Cyber (who at one point was Daken's instructor and has acknowledged that Daken is a better fighter than himself, with superior skill and speed). Cyber, however, does not consider Daken a worthy opponent due to his lack of an adamantium skeleton. Daken's ability to alter emotions and the sensory perceptions of others, however, has a great deal to do with his efficiency in combat situations. According to Emma Frost, Daken has been heavily and irreversibly brainwashed. Professor Xavier does not share her view on the second part of that statement. Daken acknowledges that Wolverine is his biological father and yet harbored an animosity toward him for being responsible for the death of his mother, which he later learned is not true. Daken once showed loyalty to a mysterious figure known as Romulus, who has been a powerful influence in the lives of Wolverine, Wild Child, Sabretooth, and Cyber. However, thanks to Xavier's help, Daken has recovered some of his original mind and now seeks revenge against Romulus. http://blackmanta.shutterfly.com/ Black Manta is a supervillain appearing in DC Comics, primarily as the archenemy of Aquaman.[2] The character debuted in Aquaman #35 (September Tempest Formerly: Aqualad Alias: Garth Titans Member Joined: Brave and the Bold #60 [1965] >> Hero History & Powers >> Garth's Atlantis Connections >> Essential Reading >> Aquagirl [Tula] >> Aqualad Titan History .. >> Garth & Tula .. >> Creators on Garth Tempest Quick Bio: Young Garth was abandoned by his own people because of a superstition concerning his unique purple eyes. Befriended by Aquaman, the underwater orphan became his sidekick as Aqualad! Years later, Garth discovered his secret mystic birthright and emerged as the powerful aquatic hero known as Tempest, and later has a son, who becomes the new Aqualad. THE TEEN TITANS AQUALAD THE EVOLUTION OF GARTH YOUNG GARTH AQUALAD TEMPEST TULA DOLPHIN & CERDIAN TEMPEST THE TITANS The birth of Garth - from TEMPEST #1 [1996] Garth's origin is retold in TEMPEST #1 [1996] Royal Beginnings The Idylists were a group of pacifists living in self-exile from Atlantis in the Hidden Valley for over 4,000 years. They knew no violence; Peace and serenity were their way of life. King Thar came into power and ruled from Shayeris, the Idylist capital city. Thar had inherited much of his ancestor's mythic power, and practiced sorcery alongside his brother, Slizzath. The history of Atlantis is fraught with a recurring theme: brother against brother. King Thar was no exception. Thar's brother Slizzath thought the power should be his and resented his brother taking it from him. Slizzath was denied his birthright because he dabbled in the black arts by practicing necromancy – the evocation of the dead. He was banished from the Hidden Valley but returned 20 years later with an army of undead soldiers. Fearing his brother's attack, Thar assembled an armory of weapons, specifically designed to stop Slizzath. The Idylists, however, thought Thar was going insane. The peace-loving people revolted, killing their once-beloved king. Fearing the monarchy was tainted by foul violence, the Idylists banished his now-pregnant wife, Berra, who found her way to Atlantis and gave birth to a son - who she named Garth. Before Thar died, he was able to use his magics to trap Slizzath in an other-dimensional prison. It was, however, an imperfect imprisonment. Slizzath would be able to manipulate particular spells as a means of escape. Such a spell was Garth's birthright ritual - which he would one day perform to seal his mystical powers. Upon giving birth to Garth, Berra gazed upon his purple eyes - the Idylist mark of power. At that moment, her son's destiny seemed clear: Garth would one day perform the very spell that would free Slizzath. Feeling she had no other choice, Berra left her son to die. Aqualad's fear of fish Aqualad's first appearance in ADVENTURE COMICS #269 Meeting Aquaman Miraculously, Garth survived in the ocean depths on his own. As the infant grew into boyhood, he eventually met Atlantis' greatest hero, Aquaman. Befriended by Aquaman, the youth was cured of his fear and became Aqualad, the Sea King's junior partner in crime-fighting. Aqualad possessed abilities which, while not increased by a hybrid metabolism as are Aquaman's, were greater than those of the average Atlantean. Like Aquaman, he could telepathically control and converse with all manner of sea creatures, as well as being able to breathe underwater like all Atlanteans and to swim at fantastic speeds with super-human endurance. Also like his mentor, his sole weakness lay in his inability to remain on land without contact with water for longer than one hour without asphyxiating. After roaming the ocean depths with Aquaman (while attending school in Scotland by special arrangement), Aqualad returned to Atlantis as a permanent resident when Aquaman married Mera, the queen of an extra-dimensional water-world, and became the new king of Atlantis, and later have a son; which they named Arthur Jr. http://legendofaquaman.shutterfly.com http://legacyofaquaman.shutterfly.com http://aquamanandaqualad.shutterfly.com http://batmanandaquaman.shutterfly.com Teen Titans Form Garth meets Aquachick... er, Aquagirl in the pages of AQUAMAN #33 [1967]. A few years later, Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad joined together to stop the menace of Mr. Twister. It was the first time the sidekicks joined forces. PRE-TEEN TITANS: Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad team up for the first time in BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54 [1964] The second meeting of the teen sidekicks was more eventful: Robin,Kid Flash, Aqualad, now joined by Wonder Girl and Speedy, fought against their mentors, who had been possessed by the evil Antithesis. At this second meeting, the five youngsters decided to become a team and the Teen Titans were born! The sidekicks would continue to operate with their mentors, as well as spending time with their peers in the Teen Titans. Aqualad eventually took an extended leave of absence from the Titans in order to aid Aquaman in a lengthy quest for Mera, who had been abducted by parties unknown, and to care for the royal couple's infant son in their absence. Aqualad was replaced in the group by Speedy. It was about this time that Garth began dating Tula, who was also known as Aquagirl. This began a long relationship that lasted until Tula's tragic death. In his absence, the Teen Titans had undergone radical changes, becoming the non-costumed, pacifist participants in the special training program run by Mr. Jupiter. Aqualad rejoined the Teen Titans, only to find himself at odds with their new ideologies, under the guidance of Loren Jupiter. He became an occasional member, helping out with a handful of cases. And as he did participate in the group, he was plagued with an undiagnosed sickness, which was actually a manifestation of an inferiority complex. It seemed Garth felt useless to the team, largely in part due to his one hour limitation away from water. Garth officially resigned from the team shortly before they eventually disbanded anyway. Garth discovers the truth behind his parents in ADVENTURE COMICS #453-455 [1977] Truths Buried After a falling-out with Aquaman, (because of Black Manta's attack on Atlantis, and kidnapping Aquaman's son, Aquaman blamed Garth for not rescuing him in time). Garth decided to search for the truths behind his family roots. Aqualad barged into a meeting of the Idylist ruling council, demanding information about his parents. The council refused to give Aqualad any information as they feared he may learn the truth. Soon after, Aqualad found a banished Idylist hermit who admitted to killing King Thar. Upon seeing a picture, Aqualad immediately recognized Thar as his father. Aqualad broke through security and accessed the ancient files to learn his parents were King Thar and Queen Berra, who ruled peacefully until King Thar went mad and became hungry for war. The Idylist recorded history made no mention of Slizzath's dark magics; When Garth investigated, the Idylist archives only made mention of King Thar's insanity and the Idlysist's subsequent revolt. Garth also believed he was left to die because the superstitious Atlanteans thought his purple eyes were a sign of inferiority. Garth left believing his mother was dead and his father was indeed insane. He would later discover that this information was false. Titans Ally & Tragedy Strikes Aquagirl dies in the pages of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #9 [1985]; She is pronounced dead in CRISIS #10. The next incarnation of the Teen Titans was gathered by Raven, which Aqualad was not to be a part of, although he did assist the team on various cases - including the shattering Crisis on Infinite Earths. During the Crisis, Garth's longtime love Tula was killed. Garth was devastated. Aqualad remained in Atlantis, and grieved for a long time after the death of Tula. Still, Garth assisted the Titans on various missions. On one such case, Garth was abducted by a then-insane Mento (one of the sons of Black Manta). Mento used his helmet that granted him vast mental powers to inflict psychological torture on Garth. This somehow effected his ability to telepathically control sea life. It did, however, allow him to come to terms with the death of Tula, to some degree. Garth's marine telepathy would return a short time later, during the 'Millennium/Manhunter' conflict. Following that, Garth remained a close ally of the Titans. When the Titans were attacked and captured by the Wildebeest Society, Garth and Golden Eagle were savagely attacked; Golden Eagle was seemingly slain, and Garth lay in a coma for weeks. Once revived, Aqualad donned a new costume and helped ease the Titans into their next phase under the auspices of the United States government. Becoming Tempest Garth's training with Atlan is explained in TEMPEST #1 [1996] Garth began to team up more regularly with Aquaman at this time. As the Aqua-allies tried to stave off an alien invasion, Garth was whisked away by Aquaman's father, Atlan, a mage who existed in another dimension. Atlan told Garth his destiny was to become a powerful mage as well. Atlan trained Garth in his dimension, and taught him how to greatly augment his powers. Garth studied with Atlan for a couple of years, although only a couple of months passed in Aquaman's world. Thus, Garth returned a short time after his disappearance (yet aged a couple of years) with new powers, including the ability to control the temperature of water and fire mystical power blasts from his eyes. Garth was also given a new purpose by Atlan, who told him his destiny was to protect all who live in the ocean. Upon his return, Garth encountered his uncle - Slizzath - who had transformed himself into a demonic sea creature through dark magic. Slizzath sought to escape his mystical imprisonment using Garth as a conduit. Slizzath created a mystical a doppelganger of Tula, who was created to trap Garth and siphon his new powers. Garth saw through the plan and was able to defeat Slizzath, and once and for all maintain a sense of closure about Tula's death. Garth also adopted a new identity as Tempest. During this time, Garth also discovered his mother Berra was still alive, and living with a group of Idyllists. This forced Garth to confront his feelings of abandonment by his mother, and mother and son began to take tentative steps toward rebuilding their relationship. Finding Love Again Garth and Dolphin celebrate the birth of Cerdian in AQUAMAN #63 [2000] Shortly after this, Garth began a relationship with Dolphin, who was once romantically involved with Aquaman. Initially, Garth and Dolphin concealed their relationship from Aquaman, unsure of what his reaction would be. Eventually, Aquaman learned of their relationship and gave them his blessing. The Titans later gathered together to save their former member, Victor Stone "Cyborg" (played by Victor Beckles in the movie "Teen Titans"), from alien influence. The original five Titans - including Tempest - decided to re-form the team with five additional recruits. Dolphin later discovered she was pregnant. Garth was happy at the news and proposed marriage. Garth and Dolphin were married in a traditional Atlantean ceremony with friends and family in attendance. Dolphin has since given birth to a son. Dolphin and Tempest's first child was named Cerdian by Aquaman as a gesture to the surface-country Cerdia, which had recently fallen under Atlantean control. Meanwhile, Aquaman's long lost son, is trapped in another dimension. But years later, returns to the modern DC Universe, with the help of The Spectre, his memory of his father, and background is altered, and he is brainwashed into becoming the new Aquaman. (Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis/2007).Arthur Joseph Curry The Son Of The Original Aquaman Aquaman Promotional art for Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #54 (Sept. 2007) by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Publication information Publisher DC Comics First appearance Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40 (May 2006) Created by Kurt Busiek Frank Victor Beckles In-story information Alter ego Arthur Joseph Curry/Arthur Jr. Abilities Undersea adaptation, Enhanced physical attributes, Limited empathic communion with sea life Arthur Joseph Curry is a fictional character and the long lost son of Aquaman, the returned from the dead DC Comics superhero's son, thought to have been killed by Black Manta, but was hidden in a alternate universe by an entity known as "The Spectre", the boy grew up to become his father's replacement as the new Aquaman. Created by Kurt Busiek and Frank Victor Beckles, Jr., he first appeared in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40 (May 2006). [edit] Publication history As part of DC Comics' One Year Later event, Aquaman's series was renamed Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis with issue #40 (May 2006). The new developments include a new lead character, a new supporting cast, and the inclusion of sword and sorcery-type fantasy elements in the series. [edit] Fictional character biography While awaiting transport unknown to him, from an alternate universe, called the "Ultraverse" (where the original Aquaman, Green Arrow, & The Flash has been), to present day Miami, Florida, a young man named Arthur Joseph Curry Jr. Is washed out to sea when a storm ruptures the tank he was in. This Arthur Curry, whose origin closely resembles that of the Golden Age Aquaman as well as that of Neptune Perkins, is the son of oceanobiologist Dr. Phillip Curry, (Arthur Curry's third half-brother). Dr. Curry was forced to lie about Arthur Jr.'s true origin by Spectre, for fear of his threat to kill his kidnapped wife and two sons. Dr. Curry, with the help of The Spectre created in Arthur's mind that he had lived his whole life in the main tank of his father's research facility at Avalon Cay, his only window to the outside world being television. Shortly after his arrival in the sea, Arthur Jr. Is mentally contacted by the mysterious "Dweller of the Depths", a deformed humanoid with tentacles instead of hair and a left hand made of water. The Dweller urges him to help King Shark, who still bears scars from a previous battle with The Real Aquaman during the recent Crisis. The Dweller, confusing Arthur for Aquaman and calling him his "charge", tells Arthur and King Shark of a prophecy regarding Arthur's future, a prophecy which seems to be a distorted version of the original Aquaman's history. The Dweller reveals that the original Aquaman was "transformed into one akin to another dimension, to return to greatness once again in the future." Arthur Jr.'s first trip causes him to meet many of Aquaman's supporting characters including Mera, the Sea Devils, Vulko, and eventually Ocean Master (the brother of Dr. Phillip Curry and Arthur Curry- the original Aquaman). During this adventure, the Dweller progressively realizes that he himself is the original Aquaman, who slipped out of the pocket universe, The Spectre had him trapped in, despite having no memory of his former life, being married, and having three sons! Later Arthur Jr. finds a humanoid squid named Topo, a naive youth attracted by superheroics, seeking to become a sidekick, and Tempest, now the father of a son and twins by his wife, Dolphin, he is unable to breathe water (re-gains all of his powers later) and implanted with a post-hypnotic suggestion warning of an upcoming battle. The Justice League is called in to evaluate Orin's situation, but are unable to determine if he is truly dead, or if he can somehow resurrect himself due to his new magical nature. In Sword of Atlantis #57, the series' final issue, Aquaman II is visited by the Lady of the Lake who explains his origins. The original Aquaman had given a sample of his water hand to his father in order to resurrect his dead son, Arthur, whom he had named after Orin. When Orin attempted to resurrect Sub Diego, part of his soul attached itself to the body of his son, Arthur Joseph Curry Jr., while Orin's physical form mutated into the Dweller. Blaming himself for Orin's disappearance into the Ultraverse, Aquaman II, vows to never be called "Arthur Jr." again, refraining from using the "stolen" name, asking only to be called Joseph in the future. Arthur Jr., is considered as a candidate for the new Outsiders by Batman (secretly knowing that he is in fact, Aquaman's son). After seeing him in action with Metamorpho, however, Batman decides against his induction. In their quest to rid the Earth of all forms of kryptonite, Superman and Batman journey deep below the sea and find a large amount of it. The two of them are met with hostility by Aquaman and King Shark. A brief fight ensues, but eventually Joseph allows them to take what they came for. Before doing so, he points out that not everyone may want Superman to find all of Earth's kryptonite, and that he would have to be at least part human to know that. [edit] Powers and abilities [edit] Orin Aquaman II, has a number of superhuman powers like his father, and superhuman strength, most of which derived from his father, and from the fact that he is adapted to live in the depths of the ocean. Primary among his powers is the ability to extract oxygen from water, allowing him to 'breathe' while submerged. He is unaffected by the immense pressure and the cold temperature of the ocean depths; further, he possesses an enhanced resistance to injury and superhuman strength (he can easily throw a car hundreds of feet). He is likewise able to swim at very high speeds. He can see in near total darkness and has enhanced hearing. Although he can remain underwater indefinitely without suffering any ill effects, Aquaman grows weak if he remains on land for extended periods. Aquaman II's most famous (or infamous) power is the telepathic ability to communicate with/command oceanic life. The range of this power is unclear; certainly he can summon sea life from vast distances. Although this power is most often and most easily used on marine life, Aquaman II, has on multiple occasions demonstrated the capacity to affect any being evolved from marine life (e.g., humans), or that lives upon the sea (e.g. sea eagles). Aquaman II's telepathic abilities are otherwise unrefined but it has been demonstrated on multiple occasions that he can use his abilities to supplement other more skilled telepaths such as J'onn J'onzz. He has also demonstrated classic telepathic abilities like telepathic eavesdropping on people's thoughts, but this ability was displayed infrequently. After the loss of his hand, Aquaman II, initially replaced it with a cybernetic harpoon that responded to his thoughts and could be fired while staying attached via a retractable line. Later, the harpoon was replaced by a magical hand made out of water given to him by the Lady of the Lake, which grants Aquaman II Numerous abilities, including but not limited to: the ability to dehydrate anyone he touches with it, killing them instantly; to make the hand extremely dense, thus taking Aquaman II, to the ocean floor quickly; to shoot jets of scalding water; healing abilities; and the ability to nullify magic. [edit] Arthur Joseph Curry Jr. (a.k.a "Arthur Jr.") The new Aquaman has many physical abilities in common with his father, the original Aquaman, including underwater breathing, submarine speed, and superhuman strength. Like the Golden Age Aquaman, Arthur Jr. Can't survive outside of water for long. He also gained telepathic powers. He now speaks and understands the languages of the sentient sea peoples unaided, and has a limited ability to communicate with nonsentient sea life. He cannot speak directly to them as his predecessor could, but can send and receive emotional impressions and desires, such as communicating a need for help. He is working to expand the latter ability, and in one instance has been able to "see" through the eyes of nearby fish. http://onlinelegends.angelfire.com/batmanandson/
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