AQUAMAN #19 is in stores this Wednesday (May 1st), and with it, comes the reintroduction of Topo, the octopus. IGN got the exclusive to some interior pages featuring this revamped beast, which is incredibly different from Topo's days of appearing in older Aquaman titles or from Topo's first appearance in ADVENTURE COMICS #229.
Topo has come a long way since 1956, when he debuted in the story "Aquaman's Undersea Partner." Topo was an exceptional sidekick for a fun-filled era in comic books. As you can see, he could play numerous instruments at the same time. The Green Arrow once taught him to shoot a bow and arrow. He could also tell when someone was lying to him. He had a fun run during what now seems like a pretty ridiculous time period in comics.
The only other times Topo really appeared in DC Comics was when during the AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS run in which writer Tad Williams gave him a more humanoid look with an octopus face. Topo lastly appeared in an episode of Young Justice called "Downtime" which has some connections to the Sword of Atlantis volume.
However, this week marks the return of the beast, and IGN had a few of the pages featuring Topo's return. Here's a look at this week's cover and some of the interiors featuring the brand new Topo.
Looks like the Topo redesign takes this character in a completely different direction. He's a beast that may not be able to be controlled and something even the Atlantians fear. He's either going to be a formidable ally for the King of Atlantis or maybe a force too powerful for Arthur.
What do you guys think about the Topo redesign? Is this awesome or do some of you yearn for the octopus who was a wicked ragtime solo act?