Polygon continues our look at the coolest comics coming out this summer with an exclusive preview of You Brought Me the Ocean, a new graphic novel inspired by the DC Comics character Aqualad, Aquaman’s sidekick.
Jake Hyde, the second Aqualad to grace DC continuity, grew up in a New Mexico desert town, with a mother who never told him much about his father but tried to keep him away from large sources of water as much as possible. Jake realized he was gay right around the time he realized he could control water with his mind — as if being a teenager wasn’t complicated enough.
It’s that nexus of self-discovery that writer Alex Sanchez and artist Julie Maroh focus on in You Brought Me the Ocean, and Sanchez and Maroh are well equipped for the job. Sanchez’s work in queer YA (Rainbow Boys, So Hard to Say) has earned a slew of awards, and Maroh has the similarly award-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color (adapted to film in 2013) under their belt.
In You Brought Me the Ocean, Sanchez and Maroh take Jake through a journey of struggling to tell his mom and best friend about his growing superpowers — and his growing relationship with the cute and outgoing captain of the swim team, Kenny Liu. It’s a lovely looking book, and, thanks to DC, you can read eight pages of it right below.
You Brought Me the Ocean hits digital and retail shelves on June 9.
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