Saturday, August 25, 2012

By Choloh!

"By Choloh!" from Arion, Lord of Atlantis #1 (DC, 1982) by Paul Kupperberg and Jan Duursema

If I'd be interested in reading Amethyst, Arak and Warlord again or for the first time, I have no such compulsion with Arion, Lord of Atlantis. More than those others, Arion at the time seemed to be the most generic fantasy book available. And yet, it was perhaps one of the most integrated into the DCU. Arion was a Homo Magi like Zatanna. Garn Daanuth, his nemesis, appeared in a wizened state in the first issue of Justice League of America I ever bought (and consequently, the one I most reread). He was inserted into the (awful) post-Crisis origin of Power Girl. And obviously, his Atlantis was going to become Aquaman's. But nope, never had an interest in it. I did buy the Arion the Immortal 1992 mini-series that tries to make him a viable modern-day character, but I shouldn't like to admit to that.

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