DC’s Latest YA Graphic Novel You Remind Me Of The Ocean To Focus On Aqualad’s Power And Sexuality

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DC continues its trend of creating graphic novels based on teen versions of popular characters with the Aqualad focused You Remind Me Of The Ocean.

There have been several versions of the character in various DC properties. The original Aqualad Garth was the founding member of DC’s Teen Titans back in the day (and, like, eight reboot ago), but hasn’t really added much. In the fan favorite animated series Young Justice, there was a version of the character named Kaldur’ahm, who became a fascinating and fan favorite character. In recent years, DC created another new comic version of the character named Jackson Hyde, who will be the focus on the upcoming graphic novel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the book will be penned by Alex Sanchez (Rainbow trilogy) and drawn by Julie Maroh (Blue Is The Warmest Color). It focuses on the story of Jackson’s first love during his senior year of high school in the New Mexico desert. Jackson yearns to be closer to the ocean, though he doesn’t entirely understand why or why the strange tattoos he has glow blue whenever he’s near water. On top of those powers and longing, he forges a connection and attraction with nonconforming swim team captain Kenny Liu.

In a statement, Sanchez shared his excitement for the project, “I believe it will be the type of book that fans will read twice — the first time, compelled to turn pages to find out what happens next, and the second time to linger over Julie’s spectacularly beautiful imagery. I hope the book will do what graphic novels do best — tell a story on two levels — through words and art.”

Maroh also added that it felt to be an important way to further LGBT+ in comics, “Lives of gay, queer, and trans people of color are particularly at stake. I sincerely hope that this book will bring light and strength to the daily life of whoever suffers due to discrimination or just feels different.”

For those of you who want to buy the book now, it will be a bit of a wait.

You Remind Me Of The Ocean will be out in bookstores on June 9, 2020.

Bec Heim