Aquaman is the the king of Atlantis and allege ruler of the seas. So wouldn't it be best and more sensible if he had the same powers as Garth aka tempest, but to a much higher degree, like have full control of all types of water, turn into, water, have powerful telekinesis and magic.
to make him a better character shouldn't he have Garth's powers?
no but make him more aggressive about how the sea is treated like he use to be
make it a kingdom that every time someone does something to sea its a borderline invasion
his people want justice, he understands the world as a whole
depth to his character is needed if he is going to be called a king
He could do it to a very small degree with his water hand, but like @serpent222: said he doesnt need Garths powers. Giving him sorcery like abilities would kinda lessen the need for his super strength, durability, fighting skills, and his trident... It would basically change the entire character. Anyway, hes kicked Garths ass enough even with his sorcery so i dont see why he needs it. Though i wouldnt mind giving him the water hand back, it gave him more versatility.
I don't think it would make him any better, as someone else pointed out Garth and Arthur have fought before and Arthur wins that fight. Hard to beat Super strength, durability, and reflexes, not to mention his telepathy (which if it works like it did before the reset could potentially be used on things other than fish), and enhanced senses. I mean as my buddy has put it, he's basically the Superman of the oceans. Now I do think having Garth's powers would make him stand out a little more in the league, with the power set he has he's basically the same as Wonder Woman and Superman, a paragon like character who is basically superhuman in every sense, but I also think that making him a hydro kinetic would make him more solidified as a water hero, and not someone who is dangerous no matter where he goes.
As others have already pointed out, more power doesn't make a better hero/character. If that was so, Galactus would be one of the deepest characters in comics. Also, again as others have said,giving Aquaman hydrokinesis would take away from Mera's uniqueness. Aquaman is more of a warrior than a sorcerer so no for Garth's power as well.
Now, maybe if Morrison stats doing some Aquaman, he'll even put his telepathy back at the level of it being able to affect beings with mar ancestry. Who knows, we might even see him tap into the Clear again. I know I'd like that.
If Aquaman is to have any additional powers, they should come from his trident, which seems to be standard equipment for him at the moment. His trident should be firing blasts of divine energy, summoning thunderstorms, creating earthquakes, and manipulating very large volumes of water. It's Poseidon's weapon after all.
Oh, and glad my first post was of one of my favorite characters.
I also think that more power does not equal a better character.
But I would be OK with Aquaman have some sort of water control (like he did before Flashpoint) as a power granted from the Trident (this way he is still different from Mera).
Maybe something like that happens in the current (Dead King) storyline, due to the connection the Dead King has with the Atlantean artifacts.
Apart from that AQ's powerset is fine so far, since he is the only super Atlantean, which sets him apart from all other Atlanteans.
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