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Ziyad B writes...

I was wondering if you can tell us about what led you and the others in your team to create the new aqualad to use instead of garth.
I mean no disrespect since i am a fan of the new aqualad.
I'm just curious.

Greg responds...

Well, there were many inspirations. Cal Durham, obviously, but also the Arion series which demonstrated that not all Atlanteans are Caucasian. There was the need for further diversity in the series. And the fact that Garth was dead in the comics (at least for now) and had, in any case, left the name "Aqualad" behind to become "Tempest". So it felt like the name "Aqualad" was up for grabs. We liked the parallel universe notion of the Road Not Taken for the two characters, leading to an Aqualad/Tempest team-up. It all just seemed... right.

Response recorded on May 12, 2011