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Aqualad II

Alias: Jackson Hyde, Kaldur’ahm

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Aqualad II Quick Bio: Although the son of the villainous Black Manta, Jackson Hyde’s heroic destiny had been foretold in an ancient Atlantean. As a teenager, Jackson uncovered an ancient chest that allowed him to embrace his birthright – brandishing his amazing aquakinesis as the newest Aqualad.

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History


Xebel Rebel

Kaldur’ahm was the name given to the first outsider born in Xebel, a realm where exiles from Atlantis dwelt. An ancient Atlantean prophesy foretold a heroic path laid out for Kaldur’ahm, who would one day fulfill that promise as Aqualad.

But the child’s early days were fraught with peril. After Kaldur’ahm’s mother perished, Xebel’s King ordered the infant to be experimented upon, hoping the newborn was the key to freeing the Xebel denizens from their Atlantean exile. Fearing the child’s fate, the well-meaning Mera spirited the infant away to the surface world, entrusting him to be raised by the Hyde family in Silver City, New Mexico.

 

Jackson learns of his heritage in BRIGHTEST DAY #16 [2010].

Life Aquatic

Given the name Jackson Hyde, the lad grew to adolescence never knowing his true lineage. His adopted parents helped conceal this secret, inducing Jackson with hydrophopia to prevent the boy from learning the truth. But Jackson’s world was turned upside-down when his biological father – the villainous Black Manta – returned to reclaim his lost son. Thankfully, Aquaman intervened to protect Jackson and his adopted father from Manta’s wrath.

Now understanding his true heritage, Jackson uncovered an ancient chest that had been left for him years ago. The chest contained a Xebel soldier uniform as well as “waterbearers,” two wrist-held devices that would help young Jackson focus his newfound abilities. Now embracing his birthright, Jackson became the newest Aqualad, brandishing his amazing aquakinesis for the first time.

Jackson accepts his birthright in BRIGHTEST DAY #16 [2010].

These powers were quickly put to the test when Black Manta and the sinister Siren mounted an army of Xebel forces to attack the surface world. Aquaman and Aqualad joined with Mera and Aquagirl to repel the incursion, as Black Manta vowed to one day reclaim his son.

Since then, Jackson has benefitted from the tutelage of Aquaman, who has helped the young man learn to master his wondrous new abilities. To facilitate his growth, Aquaman also arranged for the newest Aqualad to train with the Teen Titans.

 

Aqualad tussles with Black Manta and meets Aquagirl in BRIGHTEST DAY #16 [2010].



Powers & Abilities


Aqualad has hard water powers which allow him to turn liquid into solid objects such as weapons. He often uses “waterbearers,” two wrist-held devices that  help young Jackson focus his newfound abilities. As well as lungs, he has gills which allow him to breathe underwater. Aqualad can swim very fast and his body is strong enough to withstand the high water pressures in the depths of the sea.

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Essential Reading


Brightest Day #4 [2010]: First appearance of Jackson Hyde, who displays an aversion to water.
Brightest Day #7-11 [2010]: Aquaman searches for the key to the ocean’s survival and finds Jackson Hyde – the boy who will be Aqualad.
Brightest Day #16 [2010]: Now understanding his true heritage, Jackson uncovers an ancient chest that had been left for him years ago. The chest contains a Xebel soldier uniform as well as “waterbearers,” two wrist-held devices that would help young Jackson focus his newfound abilities. Now embracing his birthright, Jackson becomes the newest Aqualad, brandishing his amazing aquakinesis for the first time. First official appearance of Aqualad II. Origin of Aqualad II.
Brightest Day #19-20 [2010]: Black Manta and the sinister Siren mount an army of Xebel forces to attack the surface world. Aquaman and Aqualad join with Mera and Aquagirl to repel the incursion, as Black Manta vows to one day reclaim his son.
Teen Titans (third series) #88 [2010]:  Solstice made her first appearance in a preview splash page. The character was not named, but is shown alongside the new Aqualad as part of a montage showing future events that would affect the team in the coming issues.

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The new Aqualad, from the cover of BRIGHTEST DAY #10

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Who Is The New Aqualad?


BRIGHTEST DAY EXCLUSIVE: WHO IS THE NEW AQUALAD?
Fri, 06/11/2010 – 11:13am – From The DC Source Blog

One of the key elements in BRIGHTEST DAY beyond returning characters like Aquaman and Martian Manhunter, is the introduction of entire new heroes, villains and worlds as well. Just as we’ve built a bigger universe of characters around Green Lantern with Atrocitus, Larfleeze and Indigo, we’re all busy at work turning our attention on adding heroes, villains and worlds within the rest of the DC Universe.

In the coming weeks in BRIGHTEST DAY, you’ll meet a new alien killer who will become J’onn J’onzz’s greatest enemy, a world where Hawkman and Hawkgirl will discover a great secret about their past, the mysterious and deadly Siren and a young hero who’s about to get world wide exposure this fall beyond comics – the all-new Aqualad.

When our YOUNG JUSTICE animated series for Cartoon Network was announced a few weeks ago (who ever thought we’d see an animated Miss Martian?! AW YEAH!) a lot of people asked who the new Aqualad was. And a lot of people thought they’d have to wait for the show to start. But you won’t.

Aqualad’s story actually begins in a few short weeks in BRIGHTEST DAY #4. I won’t tell you much yet, but I will tell you – he has no idea he’s about to become Aqualad. In fact, he lives in one of the driest places in America – Silver City, New Mexico.

Our goals with the DC Entertainment are to not only bring you BATMAN and SUPERMAN, but also introduce new characters in the comics and film, tv and animation simultaneously with our partners at Warner Brothers – in this case, the talented crew who’s heading up the YOUNG JUSTICE animated series, including Greg Weisman (who actually wrote CAPTAIN ATOM back in the day!).

This is the tip of the iceberg at what we’ve got brewing ahead at DCE. Next time, I’ll talk about my conversation with Mark Strong and Sinestro. Until then remember –

ALL WILL BE WELL,

Geoff

 

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