COMICS: Who Should Replace Geoff Johns And Ivan Reis On AQUAMAN?

COMICS: Who Should Replace Geoff Johns And Ivan Reis On AQUAMAN?

With the somewhat surprising departure of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis from Aquaman, we are all wondering who DC will get to replace the seemingly irreplaceable creative team. I've put together a short list of who I think can do it. Check it out!

Like me, many of you no doubt have been extremely surprised with how fantastic the Aquaman title has been in the New 52. Geoff Johns has showed us how cool Aquaman can really be.

Before the New 52, Aquaman was looked at as a cheesy hero whose powers were talking to fish, and swimming really fast. He was the member of the Justice League the majority made fun of. But, that all changed with the New 52. Somehow, Geoff Johns made Aquaman a true bad a**. He isn't a wimpy hero who can talk to fish anymore, he is a hero we finally see and go "that guy is awesome". And Ivan Reis' amazing artwork only adds to the level of coolness Aquaman has now. Reis' great art goes hand in hand with Johns' great storytelling and character development on the series.

So, obviously we were all surprised, and a little frustrated, to hear the news that these two were leaving as a creative team on Aquaman. We just heard that Ivan Reis is officially taking over art duties on Justice League. And Geoff Johns is supposedly devoting more time to the other series' he is writing, as well as writing the new Justice League of America series.

What will happen to Aquaman now? Who is going to take over as the creative team? Well, we don't know yet. But if they get this right, they could get a team almost as good as Johns and Reis and not make fans drop the series once this team leaves. I know they will be hard to replace, but I've put together a short list of three writers and three artists who, in my own opinion, should be considered to take over.

Here are my choices, in order of who I think is the best...


1. Scott Snyder
Right now he is working on two fantastic series': Batman and Swamp Thing. Scott is a really great writer. His work on Batman has made it one of the best series in the New 52. I think that he is the most capable, and available choice that could replace Geoff Johns and not ruin the good work Johns has done on Aquaman. He's my number one choice right now.

2. Peter Tomasi
He is currently working on Green Lantern Corps and Batman and Robin. There are different opinions of these two series', but the overall consensus seems to be pretty good. I think he would do great on Aquaman, and keep fans of Johns' and Reis' work on the series enjoying it still.

3. James Robinson
He is working on the Earth 2 series at present. Again, there are different opinions on this series. But, I think he has done a pretty good job with it, and that he wouldn't be bad for Aquaman. I'd definitely like to see where he would take it.


1. Nicola Scott
She does the art for the Earth 2 series. I really like her art, and her work on Earth 2 is very good. And I think that her style is actually similar looking to Ivan Reis' work. I honestly think she is the best choice to replace Reis, and that her art would work beautifully on Aquaman. Plus, I do not believe she is working on any other title in the New 52 right now, so she would be available.

2. Doug Mahnke
He is the artist for Green Lantern. I am loving this series so far, and one of the things about it that I like is the art. He is definitely a close second for me to work on Aquaman. There is really not much else to say about him, except that he is a great artist, and would continue to show it on Aquaman.

3. Eddy barrows
He is working as the artist for Nightwing. I also enjoy his work on this series. The art is really good, and would be great for Aquaman. He definitely deserves a spot on this list.

So, those are some of my choices on who should take over Aquaman. Let me know how you feel about them in the comments below, and also, who your choices would be. Who do you think should replace Johns and Reis on Aquaman?
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Wingding - 9/13/2012, 6:52 AM
I'm not very familiar with Hughes. He does Batgirl, right?
ellispart3 - 9/13/2012, 8:34 AM
MightyMilton - 9/13/2012, 12:11 PM
How about Yanick Paquette? He does Swamp Thing with Snyder, very surrealistic style could fit well for future Atlantis arcs.
Moakynubs - 9/13/2012, 12:37 PM
Somebody good, I hope. Aquaman finally has a chance. I was hoping for another epic saga from Johns. ...How long has Green Lantern been going for?
Wingding - 9/13/2012, 3:20 PM
Hm, not bad. Maybe I'll make a list of runners up.

Green Lantern in the New 52? Since last year. There've been 12 issues, also an annual and a 0 issue.

soberchimera - 9/13/2012, 4:37 PM
"Before the New 52, Aquaman was looked at as a cheesy hero whose powers were talking to fish, and swimming really fast."

He was awesome before the relaunch. Just read anything by David Micheline's or Peter David's run.
Wingding - 9/13/2012, 4:43 PM
I didn't say he wasn't awesome at all. Just that a lot of people look at him as a cheesy superhero. I for one, liked Aquaman before. But now with the New 52, he is one of my favorite superheroes.

Yes! I'm putting Ed in my article. Thanks for bringing him to my attention :)
Wingding - 9/13/2012, 4:45 PM
...Okay nevermind. For some reason I can't edit my article. That's lame. Is it because I already published it?
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/13/2012, 6:47 PM
Nicola Scott used to be a model here in Australia, and then gave it up to be a comic book artist.
[frick]ing Dream Girl, right there!
Wingding - 9/13/2012, 7:02 PM
I did :)
I do agree though, since Red Lanterns sucks, that Benes' talent needs to go to a better comic. IMO, I think they should drop Red Lanterns after this whole Third Army storyline and bring in a new series worth reading. Ya know? I mean, who reads Red Lanterns and actually likes it? Haha.

All I know is, Aquaman is one of the best series DC is putting out right now. I love Aquaman now. Before I just liked him. And Black Manta is a bad a**. They can't ruin what they have done to make him awesome! So I say, Scott Snyder to write and Nicola Scott or Ed Benes for the art.
CeltiC527 - 9/13/2012, 9:23 PM
Well I think you have to find an artist that currently isn't working on any titles right now, someone that is very talented, someone that has worked with Geoff before, someone like....Ethan Van Sciver! ;D
supermanonemillion - 9/13/2012, 10:21 PM
I say Robinson and Scott.

While Snyder is my favorite, I don't think he'd be a good fit for Aquaman. Robinson has done really well with the Earth 2 characters and his redefining of them. As such, I feel that he would do well with this new take on Aquaman.
breakUbatman - 9/14/2012, 6:37 AM


I'd love to see Greg Capullo or Rafael Albuquerque tackle the character but Snyder's hogging them at the moment.

Or they should just clone - JMS and Coipel!
batmitedimension - 9/14/2012, 9:57 AM
I'd love Brian Azzerello on it! and Francis Manapaul for art!
Wingding - 9/14/2012, 10:29 AM
Manapul's not bad. But I would NOT want him doing Aquaman at all. His art isn't for Aquaman. His art looks completely different than Reis' art. And it wouldn't look right, there would be too much of a difference in art. Nicola Scott's art looks really good and looks similar to Reis' style.
Wingding - 9/15/2012, 9:37 AM
I totally agree man

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