In Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #1, the regal Justice League veteran reveals that he looks down on the abilities of one of his teammates.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #1, available now from DC Comics.
As one of DC’s most iconic heroes, it’s safe to say that Aquaman has had his moments of arrogance. This trait has translated into the movies and animated features as well, as Arthur Curry has a tendency to go overboard with his regal demeanor at times. For the most part, he still shows respect for the other heroes, but this notion surprisingly gets thrown out the window as he thinks one of the Leaguer’s powers are totally beneath him in Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #1 (by Brandon Thomas, Ronan Cliquet, Ulises Arreola, and Josh Reed).
This story takes a wild turn by having the duo walking in each other’s shoes in a Freaky Friday remix. As expected, neither one of them is happy about the switch, which comes after a sinister group of scientists under the mysterious General Anderson accesses a cosmic treadmill and begins time-hopping experiments.
During the course of their trials, the scientists bring dinosaurs to the present while dropping the general to the distant past, resulting in changes to the time stream. The result is an altered world in which Arthur Curry is now Green Arrow, and Oliver Queen is now Aquaman. Both men retain memories of their past lives, but Arthur attacks Queen, mistakenly believing that his teammate is somehow responsible for the switch.
Even when he realizes Oliver is not responsible, he takes verbal shots at his teammate, angry that he no longer has his powers. Arthur declares that all Queen is good for is his millions of dollars, which feels like a very low blow. He clearly hates seeing Oliver in possession of his powers and throne, and as a result the once regal Aquaman comes across like a petulant brat.
Oliver maintains his cool throughout the barrage, secure in the fact that he has proven to be an indispensable part of the League. Oddly enough, Queen comes across as surprisingly more mature than the undersea King, with Arthur’s uncouth tossing of an arrow at Oliver saying it all.
Arthur comes across as extremely egotistical and narcissistic, and he fails to realize that all of this is a huge adjustment for Oliver as well. Ultimately, neither has adapted, which is why they call a truce and head to the surface to seek out the cause of their dilemma.
The two Leaguers need to patch things up quickly considering that Anderson has been transformed into a half-dinosaur due to his time experiments. Additionally, Arthur has traitors in his midst who wish to sabotage the project and keep both men stuck in their false lives. In order to be successful, both men will have to put aside their anger and discomfort and work together to get the job done, as they have done so many times previously as valued members of DC’s premier superhero team.
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