Spoilers follow for Aquaman #15. You have been warned.
Aquaman #15 appears to carry on from Justice League #15 (spoilers here), both by writer Geoff Johns, as part of the Throne of Atlantis cross-over between both series. These two books were the only two proper DC New 52 books to ship on Boxing Day.
Arthur / Aquaman’s brother Orm – known as the Ocean Master pre-New 52 – is the King of Atlantis and initiated the Atlantis War Protocols – that they developed together years ago – towards sinking a major U.S. city in retaliation for an errant missile strike into Atlantis by the surface world. Aquaman pleaded with the Justice League to give him chance to de-escalate the situation directly with Orm. Going so far as to indicate that Orm isn’t a super-villain, but a ruler of an underwater nation. Batman, despite Superman’s protests, gives Aquaman one chance to rectify the situation.
Despite Arthur’s efforts Orm doesn’t seem persuaded – and actually seems like a super-villain in the issue as he tries to suffocate a random human before Aquaman got to him – resulting in this.
So it looks like one Justice League member, namely Aquaman is turning on the League?
Aquaman vs. the Justice League in JL #16 next month?
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