A Splash-Worthy Coming-Of-Age Tale Begins In DC’s ‘You Brought Me The Ocean’ First Look

by James Ferguson

DC has shared an early preview of You Brought Me The Ocean, an upcoming LGBTQ+ young adult graphic novel featuring Aqualad. Coming in June 2020, the comic is written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh. It’s an original story that puts a new contemporary twist on Aqualad’s origin and tells an eloquent coming-out romance in the DC Universe.

Writer Alex Sanchez says:

This story will allow readers to delve deep into the conflicts of being both a teen and super-powered—and what it’s like to be friends with a super-powered teen. 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.

This is a great example of DC’s commitment to diversity and telling new stories, particularly those for a younger audience.

Artist Julie Maroh added:

I’m particularly excited and proud to see this book coming to life in a crucial decade for LGBTQ+ rights. 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.

You Brought Me The Ocean is set for release on June 9th, 2020.

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