The hits keep coming for Aquaman in printed media. DC’s out-of-continuity Earth One line experienced a shift and will no longer feature a book with the King of Atlantis.
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The news comes from Aqua-fan Twitter account The Aquaverse which confirms the project is dead, adding the man in charge of it, writer and artist Francis Manapul’s status with DC is the reason.
“Aquaman: EARTH ONE Update: In news that should surprise no one, Francis Manapul has confirmed he is no longer under contract with DC and this project is dead at present,” says Aquaverse’s post.
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Manapul isn’t under contract with DC anymore and there’s been nothing new to report about Aquaman: Earth One’s progress for quite some time.
Aquaman: Earth One was announced back in 2015. It experienced delays attributed to Manapul’s busy schedule. He was already working on Trinity, No Justice, and Justice League during his tenure.
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Other characters, and Justice League members, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman all received the Earth One treatment in the meantime – and several volumes to go along with that.
Bleeding Cool reports there may have been plans to work aspects of Aquaman: Earth One into 5G before Dan DiDio was fired and the idea was scuttled.
5G’s replacement crossover, Future State, is going in a different direction with Aquaman and after it is completed, there is no plan for an ongoing Aquaman title as DC is set to slash its line to under 40 books.
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A shock to many, this March will mark the first time in decades Aquaman won’t have a place in DC’s monthly line-up.
Arthur Curry is faring better cinematically with Aquaman 2 and spinoff the Trench on the horizon as well as an animated miniseries reportedly coming to HBO Max.
Now a free agent, Francis Manapul is focusing on his creator-owned work and finishing up with the Justice League. He won’t leave Aquaman: Earth One in the dust entirely, though, as he wishes to come back to it at some point according to reports.