DC unleashed a torrent of plans this week for the Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth crossover, teased in October’s issues of Justice League and Aquaman as “The Road to Drowned Earth” and kicking off in Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 on October 31st.
Why will the Earth be drowned? Does it have anything to do with what the League has done to the Moon? Apparently not, it seems. From the press release:
[James] Tynion’s back at it for all of November and this time he’s bringing help. Get ready for a soggy Thanksgiving at the Hall of Justice (as in underwater, like the rest of the world will be) when the award-winning writer is joined by the JUSTICE LEAGUE crew of writer Scott Snyder with artists Howard Porter, Francis Manapul and Frazer Irving, plus the AQUAMAN team of Dan Abnett and Lan Medina. Together they’ll pit the League against a race of ancient and long-forgotten sea gods and an army of alien mercenaries, reveal shocking secrets about Arthur’s legacy, and thwart a plot to flood the planet and turn people into aquatic monsters in JUSTICE LEAGUE/AQUAMAN: DROWNED EARTH.
Fans can get their feet wet starting with Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 by James Tynion IV and Howard Porter:
This 48-page one-shot introduces the Ocean Lords–ancient and powerful deities with an axe to grind against both Aquaman and Wonder Woman and a plan to flood the world. As the rest of the League races to stop the waters from rising, Arthur faces off against his nemesis Black Manta in a must-win battle if he is to retain his connection to the world’s oceans.
And then take a dip in Justice League #11 by Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul on November 7th:
Pursued by the Ocean Lords and their army of alien warriors and at risk of turning into inhuman fish monsters, the League is scattered across the seven seas. A crippled Aquaman believes he holds the key to victory, but it would mean unleashing a different revenge-driven god upon Earth’s oceans. Meanwhile, remember the Totality, that rogue piece of the Source Wall that’s been bouncing around? Well, a certain Dark Knight has been guarding it in a now-sunken Hall of Justice. He seems to think that no one can attack him there, but that might not be exactly true…
Water continues to fill the lungs of this crossover in Justice League #12 on November 21st by Tynion and Frazer Irving:
This promises to be one of the craziest fights in comics as a bed-ridden Batman, complete with full body cast, takes on the Legion of Doom – The Joker, Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro! Meanwhile, Aquaman crosses tridents with Poseidon and Mera discovers an ancient secret that could change the fate of Atlantis, if not the entire planet!
Before making a splash with Aquaman #42 by Dan Abnett and Lan “Funky Cold” Medina:
A tie-in story where Aquaman and Wonder Woman have discovered the secret to turning the tide against the Ocean Lords in the mysterious Graveyard of Gods. However, Arthur begins to think that the League may be fighting the wrong foe when he learns a startling secret about Atlantis. Arthur must join forces with Mera and confront the Ocean Lords with this newfound knowledge and learn the truth before the flood changes all life on Earth!
And readers will then dive headlong into a grand finale as it all comes to a head in a 48-page Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 (this time, the names in the title are reversed):
In this blockbuster finale, Aquaman must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the rising tides drown and corrupt everything that he holds dear. With the Justice League on the ropes and the fate of the world at stake, Arthur may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to restore balance to the land and the seas!
Here’s hoping it all goes swimmingly.