Aquaman: Prince of Atlantis

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We went as a family to see Aquaman tonight. It wasn’t actually on my “must-see” list. I’m a big superhero fan (obviously) and I’d love to see the traditionally lame hero make a cool comeback and prove himself worthy of a crown. Of any kind. (There was a revival a few years back, a new Aquaman storyline that I wanted to check out for just that reason but never did. Maybe I’ll revisit that…)

But my wife was kind of into it, her friend had told her it was good, and my son–while not generally able to sit for 2 hours at a time, especially for a live-action movie–is a big sea creature buff, so we figured he’d be at least partially into it. Plus, we play Injustice 2 and both dig Black Manta.

Long intro short: It was pretty darn good! We enjoyed it!

Was there cheese? Heck yes, there was definitely some cheesiness. But it’s a DC movie, so that is expected. Both because DC is just more “colorful” and less “gritty” than Marvel, and especially so in their recent cinematic universes.

The bit that I still smiled about but definitely thought less of as the big fight scene with Black Manta. It literally looked like a scene out of Power Rangers. Really! From the angles to the costumes, it was so Power Rangers!

And while I am a male of the species, I have to say: some of those outfits were even embarrassingly tight for my tastes! Was that outfit painted on? (Kinda awkward for a movie targeting a younger audience.)

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Despite these not-so-great factors, it was way fun, had some awesome visuals, and nice Game of Thrones stuff going on. And it was one of the best of the new DC movies. (Which maybe isn’t saying much, but really, it was good!)

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Some of it reminded me of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar fish elves. (They aren’t called that, but at least that term is pronounceable.) If I had the time and money to build a AoS army, that’s the one I’d build!

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The whole Prince of Atlantis schtick, by the way, is also one of the comic book staples that I take advantage of in my own superhero universe. Part of the fun of writing (and reading) my Identity Crisis Universe is taking the bread and butter stereotypes and spinning them my own way.

In this case, the “Lost Prince of Atlantis” is named Proteus. He first appears in Hungry Gods and his true (and surprising) origin story is featured in Secret Identities: Secret Origins Book Two. (Click here to find it at your favorite ebook store!)

(Okay, it’s 1am and I’m too tired to revise for errors. Apologies for any oopsies in here. Night-night.)

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