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Garth (comics)

Fictional character from DC Comics

For the British comic strip, see Garth (comic strip).

Garth is a fictional character from DC Comics, originally known as Aqualad since his first appearance in 1960, but later went by the alias Tempest. As Aqualad, he was the teen sidekick and protégé to his guardian, the super-hero known as Aquaman, bearing the same superpowers as his mentor that allowed him to breathe underwater and communicate with marine life. He also possessed superhuman strength and speed that allowed him to move through the ocean with ease while withstanding the high-pressure depths of the ocean. As Tempest, he lost the marine communication power, but gained mystic-based abilities that allowed him to control the temperature of water and moisture around him, as well as the ability to emit destructive force beams from his eyes. As the adoptive Prince of Atlantis, he had, at times, been forced to assume his mentor's responsibilities as ruler of the oceans during Aquaman's absences, and has, in recent years, acted as Atlantis' official ambassador to the surface world.

Throughout much of the character's history, he appears in a supporting role within the various Aquaman series. He is also a founding member of the superhero team the Teen Titans, and remained affiliated with the team throughout several of its many incarnations.

Garth made his live adaptation debut in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans, played by Drew Van Acker.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Aqualad first appeared in 1960 in Adventure Comics #269 and was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon. In 1996, Aqualad appeared in his own 4-issue limited series, under a new alias: Tempest. In the 2009–2010 miniseries, Blackest Night, Tempest is murdered in battle.

Fictional character biography[edit]


Aqualad was initially known as Aquaman's teenage partner, and like many other such "kid sidekicks" popular in the Silver Age, his powers originally varied very little from his mentor. Aqualad was a founding member of the Teen Titans.

His origin is similar to that of his mentor. He is an amphibious humanoid who was left to die because of ancient Atlantean superstition and prophecy. He is the prince and heir to the throne of the Idyllists, a colony of Atlanteans who settled in the Hidden Valley 4,000 years ago. There, nestled in the capital city of Shayeris (formerly Crastinus), the pacifist Idyllists became rabid builders and collectors, architects and artisans, and eschewed physical violence at all costs. The Idyllists were also practitioners of magic and kept an extensive library of mystical texts and scrolls.

Before Garth's birth, his parents, King Thar and Queen Berra, became the reigning monarchs of Shayeris, the capital of The Hidden Valley of colonies. Thar had inherited the throne and access to ancient magical energies that his brother Zath, a powerful magician in his own right, believed to be rightfully his. Zath practiced dark sorcery and necromancy and was eventually banished from the Hidden Valley. His body transformed into a disgusting half-human form, Zath, renamed Slizzath, returned to Shayeris twenty years later with an army of undead. He planned to invade the Hidden Valley and transform it into a necropolis he would rule.

King Thar knew of this and assembled an armory of robots and weapons to stop his demented brother. The Idyllist radicals killed him and banished his pregnant wife Berra back to Atlantis. Before Thar was killed, however, he was able to cast a magical spell that trapped Slizzath in an other-dimensional prison. Unfortunately, this spell was linked to a magical ritual which would give his offspring access to incredible mystical powers and accessing that ritual would give Slizzath the energy required to break free of his prison. So word was sent out that all babies born with purple eyes, the Idyllist mark of power, should be banished and killed, lest they try to perform the access ritual and accidentally free Slizzath and his undead army. The Idyllists also claimed that Thar had gone insane to hide their complex, fearful plan.

In Poseidonis, one of the domed cities of Atlantis, Queen Berra gave birth to her baby boy, Garth, who was born with purple eyes. The Atlanteans claimed Garth had been born genetically inferior and sentenced him to death on a seabed leagues away from Atlantis. It has been speculated that with the assistance of Aquaman's father, the Atlantean sorcerer Atlan, the young Garth not only survived but thrived, learning language and survival rituals to keep the young boy from going feral as he scavenged his way through the undersea. Garth developed an intense fear of schools of fish, however, which haunted him into his teens.

Sidekick and Titan[edit]

Eventually, Garth met and rescued Aquaman and became his sidekick, Aqualad. As Aqualad, Garth was given to expressions such as "Great Guppies!", "Suffering Sardines," "Leapin' Lionfish!", and "Suffering Snails!" Together Garth and Aquaman shared many adventures.[2] Once Aquaman married his lady love, Mera, and had his own son, adventuring with Aqualad became less important to him, leaving Garth feeling unsure of his role in his mentor's life.

Seeking to be of help to other teens in trouble, Garth became one of the founding members of the Teen Titans. Still shunned by many Poseidonians despite his heroics on their behalf, Aqualad was sent away to be schooled in Scotland, at a school on the shores of Loch Ness, as seen in the Teen Titans series. Soon, life for Garth became increasingly difficult, both at home and away. Mera was kidnapped,[3] forcing the Aqua-duo to go in search of her, during which time Garth's left arm was nearly severed by an attacker. While he mended in the hospital, a plot against the Crown developed and Aqualad was forced to escape, finding that he was being deliberately over-medicated to keep him from thwarting the usurpers.

While on a quest to assist Aquaman, Garth was kidnapped and forced to fight a giant sea beast to the death, surviving just long enough for Aquaman to defeat the monster. Little did Garth know that, before long, he would be forced to defend himself in a life or death struggle against his mentor over the survival of the infant Arthur Jr. (AKA "Aquababy").[4] Betrayed and abandoned by Aquaman, Garth stayed in the Hidden Valley to search for links to his identity,[5] eventually finding out he was the lost prince of the Idyllists, though it would be several more years before he learned the truth about his father's murder and his mother's complicity in his exile at the hands of the Poseidonians.[6]

Also as a teenager, Garth met and fell in love with Aquagirl (Tula), the impetuous and feisty Atlantean ward of Aquaman's predecessor, King Juvor. They dated for years, aiding Aquaman as defenders of the undersea realms, until Tula's death at the hands of Chemo during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Grief-stricken, Garth left Atlantis, rejoined the Teen Titans on a number of occasions, and saw his relationship with Aquaman become violent and strained.

As a result of his grief and repeated telepathic abuse by Mento, among other factors, Aqualad lost his ability to control marine life. While he later regained this power during the Millennium event, it came with the condition that his commands must now be phrased as requests to the creatures to perform desired actions, although the animals apparently need little persuasion.

Garth nearly joined the list of casualties during "Titans Hunt," an all-out attempt to wipe out the former teen sidekicks and their allies. While trying to free the ascending Golden Eagle from the clutches of a member of the Wildebeest Society, Aqualad fell from a great height, his body mangled and his bones shattered on the rocks of a sea wall below. Rescued by the (then) reformed Steve Dayton and Deathstroke, Garth was confined to a tank and left to be cared for by S.T.A.R. Labs physicians, who found that they could do little for him due to his Atlantean physiology.

After the boy nearly died twice, the Titans called for Aquaman, who took Garth to the Idyllists in the hopes that their metaphysical cures might save him. While at the edge of death, Garth saw Tula and begged to join her in the Great Beyond, but was instead revived by Tusky the walrus. Angered that Arthur had yet again abandoned him and, worse, with people he thought hated him, he fought with his mentor but eventually they parted as friends.


Some time later, Garth encountered a band of shark-like merpeople who attacked the hero with a kind of "mystic water." Garth vanished and reappeared in another dimension, where Atlan awaited to train him. Atlan taught Garth to use powers the young Idyllist didn't know he possessed, including elemental powers which allowed him to heat and cool water and create whirlpools, as well as fiery purple blasts of energy from his eyes. Toward the end of his training, Garth was scarred in a ritual, leaving two pronounced scars over his right eye which healed into "tattoos" once he had conquered his inner turmoil. Atlan told Garth that the final part of his training was to complete the ritual that would grant him full access to his ancestral magical power, and thus Garth had to return to Shayeris, in the Hidden Valley.

Garth returned to our dimension at nearly the same time he left, although he was approximately three years older upon his return. When Garth, alongside Atlan, returned to Shayeris, he found the city overtaken by undead creatures. Completely unaware of his own history or his uncle's powers of necromancy, Garth was ill-prepared for the sudden return of Aquagirl, risen from the grave. Together with Letifos (one of the shark warriors), Atlan, and Aquagirl, Garth descended into Shayeris. Just the sheer proximity to the ancient pool of ancestral magic allowed Garth to tap into the power, and charged with the purple energy, he recreated his costume out of the Idyllist red and black flag and renamed himself Tempest.

Tempest then found his father's sanctum and performed the magical ritual which would give him his power. The false Aquagirl, a magical conduit for Slizzath, attacked Tempest and channeled that power into Slizzath, releasing the monster from his other-dimensional prison. Using his stolen power, Slizzath captured Tempest and Atlan, raised an enormous undead army, and finally transformed the Hidden Valley into the necropolis of which he had long dreamed.

Tempest eventually broke free of his prison and found the remaining Idyllists, hiding in Thar's old armory. There, Tempest was reunited with his mother and the truth—that the fearful Idyllists were so terrified of the release of Slizzath, they lied about Thar's sanity and saw to it that Garth was banished as an infant. Disgusted, Garth took control of the armory and a small number of Idyllist warriors and attacked Slizzath. Tempest destroyed the Aquagirl zombie that had seduced him and, using his full range of powers, sent his uncle back into the other-dimensional prison void, sealing the portal forever.


After a tearful goodbye to Aquagirl, Tempest returned to Atlantis where he became the city's official ambassador to the UN. His relationship with Aquaman became more tumultuous, and Garth later learned that Aquaman had another son from a dalliance with an Inuit woman. This son, Koryak, grew to resent Tempest and the two became bitter rivals for some time. More friction arose between Tempest and Aquaman when Aquaman's lover, Dolphin, left him for Tempest (who had not been aware of the other relationship), but the two have since resolved their differences.

Tempest and Dolphin were soon married, with the young maid pregnant of a young son, named Cerdian by his godfather, Aquaman. At the same time, Tempest joined a new incarnation of his old team, the Titans, playing part-time adventurer as well as royal politician and new father. He also played a prominent role in the Imperiex War, not only transferring Atlantis to the past when it faced destruction with the detonation of an Imperiex probe, but subsequently providing Darkseid with a magical focus for his powers that would enable Superman to send both Imperiex and Brainiac-13 back to the Big Bang, thus defeating both of them simultaneously.

The weight of new familial responsibilities initially strained the relationship between Dolphin and Tempest, and she demanded that he choose between his duties as a hero and his duties as a father and husband. Reluctantly, Tempest complied and quit the Titans. Another weight on his matrimonial life came when a new sorcerer elite took over the government of Atlantis after its return from the Obsidian Age. As friends of the deposed king, both Tempest and his wife fell under suspicion and, as suspected traitors, were put under house arrest. Tempest always managed to sneak out, sometimes briefly adventuring with his former mentor and helping him, but always leaving his wife behind.

When finally Prime Minister Hagen fell from his chief role and Aquaman returned to Atlantis, Tempest returned to his home and seemingly reconciled with his wife and son, but only briefly. While Tempest was trying to channel the magic of all the Atlantis Sorcerers for the purpose of prying secrets from the duplicitous fallen prime ministers mind (to undo a spell he'd cast that turned Mera into an air-breather), the Spectre sensed the strong magic power Tempest attempted to harness and, following his crusade against magic and magicians, unleashed his strength on Atlantis. The inhabitants of the undersea city paid the toll, and Tempest, target of the Spectre's wrath, is now missing. When Aquaman searched for him, he was only able to find part of his uniform in the presumed place of his death.

"One Year Later"[edit]

As part of the "One Year Later" storyline, the solicitation for Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #51 reveals that Tempest will "[try] to help Arthur recover the Trident of Poseidon". Tempest was found by Cal Durham and the people of Sub Diego in issue #50, amnesiac and unable to process water into oxygen, with a post-hypnotic suggestion warning Arthur and Orin of the upcoming fight with their nemesis, Issitoq the Narwal. For the time being, he seems to have lost the ability to process water and any mystical abilities. He has been portrayed in other DC comics (besides Aquaman) as having regained his abilities. During the events of issues 51–57, Garth encounters Black Manta, who belittles him yet spares his life as a nod to the "cripple" he has become.

As Manta attempts to murder Arthur and Cal Durham, Garth destroys the Mantamen's ion cannon and thwarts Manta's plans. Deeply depressed about his physical condition and fearing the fates of Dolphin and Cerdian, Garth is introduced to a sorceress named Leah who leads him to a spacecraft she'd used to transport herself from a mystical city where the young mage might find the answer to his troubles. In issue 56, he boards the ship and leaves in search of his family.

Final Crisis[edit]

In Final Crisis #5, Tempest is aiding Hawkgirl and Green Lantern against the siege on Checkmate's castle. He apparently gained his powers back and his old appearance.

He later returns to Atlantis to aid his friend, Letifos, into rebuilding the aquatic city. He eventually decides to have a private celebration for Dolphin and Cerdian, claiming that even if they may have survived the Spectre's attack, they were surely buried in the rubble of Atlantis with the other fugitives from the shattered town. His version is confirmed by Slizzath, his necromantic uncle and enemy, that, foretelling the Blackest Night, essentially forces Tempest to use his sorcery might on him, committing suicide in a bid to take the Black Lantern power for himself.

Inspired by Dick Grayson, who speaks to him as the new Batman, and by Letifos, who shows him the empty throne of Atlantis with Aquaman's original costume, which had been left there by Arthur Joseph in a pilgrimage, Tempest decides to crown himself new king of Atlantis, waiting for Mera to return and guide the survivors.[7]

Blackest Night[edit]

In Blackest Night #2, Garth visits Aquaman's grave with Mera in order to relocate his remains to Atlantis, but they are interrupted by Aquaman, Tula, and Dolphin; now reanimated as Black Lanterns. A conflict ensues resulting in Garth's death and he is promptly reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps.[8] Soon afterwards, Tempest and other Black Lantern Titans appear to attack the Titans.[9] They follow Dawn Granger, the current Dove, to Titans Tower, where more Black Lantern Titans are attacking the living heroes.

Holly Granger (the current Hawk and Dove's partner who had shortly beforehand been killed and transformed into a Black Lantern) confronts Dove, overwhelming her and places her hand on Dove's chest to steal her heart. Dove suddenly radiates a white energy that completely destroys Holly's body and severs her connection to her ring. Dove then turns the light on the other Black Lanterns, destroying all but Hank Hall, Tempest, and Terra, who quickly retreat.[10] Garth is later seen in Coast City, where he is destroyed by the Atom and Atrocitus after they combine their rings' powers.[11]

In the aftermath of the battle at Coast City, Garth and Holly are given memorial statues in Titans Tower.[12]

The New 52 and beyond[edit]

Following the 2011 "Flashpoint" storyline, and the subsequent New 52 reboot of the DC Comics' superhero continuity, Garth did not appear for some time. A passing reference to Garth was made in Red Hood and the Outlaws along with Cyborg, Lilith, Dick, Gar and a new unseen character named Dustin, as members of the Teen Titans that Starfire seemingly no longer remembers.[13] Another reference is made in Aquaman, in which a shadowy Atlantean woman is seen reporting to the current King of Atlantis, Ocean Master, about the attacks made upon the boy born with purple eyes, who is believed by some to bring the end of Atlantis. Ocean Master orders the boy, whose name is revealed as Garth, to be returned to his mother unharmed.[14]

Garth has since made his appearance known[15] and is among an elite force that Mera (who later is revealed to be her sister Siren) put together to hunt down Aquaman. Their ranks include besides Garth, King Shark, Scylla, Charybdis and Ch'tok.[16] Later, Garth is made Director of Communications of the newly established Atlantean embassy on land.[17]

The Titans Hunt (2015–2016) series later establishes Garth was a part of the Teen Titans several years ago, along with Robin, Speedy, Wonder Girl and others, but like his teammates had his memories of their time together erased for his own safety. After the events of DC Rebirth, Garth is once again part of an older Titans team which includes Nightwing, Arsenal, Donna Troy, Lilith Clay and the newly returned Wally West. Wally's return helps the group recover their full memories, establishing that they have all been friends since forming the Teen Titans as children.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Tempest possesses superhuman strength, allowing him to lift in excess of several tons on dry land.[18][19] He can survive at depths of up to 3,400 feet below surface level. His body contains fluids that adjust to give him buoyancy at varying depths. His body also produces gases that push out against the ocean pressures as heavily as they push in, preventing him from being crushed at great depths. His body is also highly impervious to physical injury. His bloodstream is filled with an amino acid that keeps his body from freezing in the ocean depths, although his own temperature is naturally quite high, allowing his muscles the heat they need to swim at such high speeds.[volume & issue needed]

Tempest can swim at speeds of 73.86 knots (or 85 MPH or even 136.79 km/h). Tempest has excellent close range vision and he can see particularly well in low light. He is partially color blind, almost unable to distinguish between black, green, and blue. His sense of hearing is particularly acute, although, because the rate sound travels on dry land is different than beneath the water, his hearing is directly linked to his vision. He also has a powerful sense of smell. Tempest is amphibious and is able to breathe under water by extracting oxygen from the water through tiny pores in his skin.[volume & issue needed]

As Tempest he also has magical abilities; he can project powerful purple energy blasts from his eyes; he can manipulate water currents (e.g., he can create whirlpools) and can boil or freeze vast bodies of water. His powers also include sensing magical energies, postcognition, telepathy, dimensional & time travel, limited telekinesis, demonic summoning, and astral projection. Tempest's powers are so great that he; in conjunction with Poseidon's trident, is able to teleport the entirety of Atlantis into the past during the Imperiex War. Further, the villain Darkseid uses him as a conduit to help open a Boom Tube powerful enough to send Imperiex back to the beginning of time. He retains all of these powers in the New 52.

Other versions[edit]

  • On Earth-15, a world where sidekicks have taken on their mentors' identities, an older version of Garth has been shown to have taken up the mantle of Aquaman. He is subsequently killed by Superman-Prime.[20]
  • In the Elseworlds series Kingdom Come, Garth is depicted as the future protector of Atlantis, "Aquaman". He marries Debbie Perkins (aka Deep Blue), and they have a daughter, Tula (Aquagirl).
  • In the alternate timeline of the 2011 "Flashpoint" storyline, Garth is framed by Artemis, for the death of Hippolyta on the wedding day of Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Garth is killed by Philippus before he can tell Aquaman that Artemis was collaborating with Orm.[21]
  • In the Teen Titans: Earth One series, Tempest is featured among those who were experimented on by STAR Labs. Unlike the others, he was raised in captivity, due to his fish-like appearance and only known as Tempest. He was brought along by the others when they ran away, as he doesn't speak, and only has basic understandings of situations. He was given the ability of hydrokinesis, and can breathe underwater. However, he can only survive on land for short periods without special equipment.[22]

In other media[edit]


Aqualad as featured in the Teen Titans' animated series with Beast Boy in the episode "Deep Six".
  • Aqualad has also appeared on the Teen Titans animated series, voiced by Wil Wheaton. His first appearance was in "Deep Six" where he, Tramm, and the Titans defeated Trident; here and in his other appearances, he demonstrates telepathic control of sea life. In "Winner Take All", Aqualad demonstrates the ability to control water by means of Hydrokinesis. In the series, he serves as a Titans East member, a short term crush of Raven and Starfire, and a temporary rival to Beast Boy. He is now an official member of Teen Titans' sister group, Titans East, with Bumblebee, Speedy, and the twins Más y Menos. He appears in a cameo in the movie after the series, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. As the Titans travel to Tokyo, Japan he comes out of the water and waves to them.
  • Aqualad was mentioned in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Color of Revenge!", as Batman says to Robin, "Even Aqualad had to scrub barnacles." He made a full appearance in "Sidekicks Assemble!", voiced by Zack Shada as a teenager and by Zachary Gordon as a child. He battled Ra's al Ghul along with Robin and Speedy. Here, Aqualad is shown to be in his late teens and is very resentful of the praise lavished upon Aquaman, eventually telling him off in the episode's final scene.
  • Garth appears in the Young Justice episode "Downtime", voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. In the episode, it is explained that during a battle between Aquaman and Ocean Master, Garth and his best friend Kaldur'ahm had intervened and saved the king's life. Aquaman subsequently offered to take on both teens as his pupils, but Garth turned down the offer in order to hone his abilities at an Atlantean sorcery conservatory, while Kaldur accepted and became Aqualad. A reference to his Tempest identity is made during a battle with Black Manta, with Garth shouting "I summon the power of the Tempest" while conjuring a cyclone. He and Tula later make a cameo appearance in "Failsafe" as part of a team of young superheroes consisting of Red Arrow, Rocket and Zatanna. He joined the Team in between seasons one and two but left following Tula's death. He appears in the second-season finale, "Endgame", as part of a large gathering of heroes in order to de-activate all of the bombs planted around the world by the Reach. He appears again in the season three episodes "Royal We", "Elder Wisdom" and "Nevermore", as an ambassador for Atlantis at the United Nations.
  • Aqualad appears in Teen Titans Go!, voiced again by Wil Wheaton. He makes a cameo in "Starliar" at the Titans East's party where he was seen dancing next to Batgirl before Robin obnoxiously cuts in. He makes his proper debut in the episode "Pirates", where he starts dating Raven, much to Beast Boy's jealousy, until Raven ultimately dumps him after forcing him and Beast Boy to fight to death, and Aqualad loses; afterwards, he makes recurring appearances throughout the series.
  • Aqualad appears in DC Super Hero Girls, voiced by Jessica McKenna. This incarnation is much younger than other versions, still being a child, and is a student at Metropolis High School. His last name is also mentioned as being Bernstein, and he is shown to be carrying small bottles of water around for when he needs to use his super-powers. He is a member of the Invincibros.


  • Drew Van Acker appears as Garth/Aqualad in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans.[23] Garth is depicted as an early member of the Titans alongside Dick Grayson/Robin, Donna Troy/Wonder Girl, and Hank Hall and Dawn Granger/Hawk and Dove, possessing the power to manipulate water. Garth and Donna are attracted to each other, but she keeps her distance because she knows she will soon be returning to Themyscira. They have a one-night stand and Garth is furious to learn that Donna has left for Themyscira without telling anyone. Garth confronts Donna at the airport and they profess their love for each other. When Deathstroke fires a bullet at Donna's Amazon handler Jillian, Garth sacrficies his life to protect her.


Video games[edit]

  • Tempest appears in the video game Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis. He is also an unlockable character in the game.
  • Tempest appears in the video game Young Justice: Legacy, with Yuri Lowenthal reprising the role. He is also a playable character in the game. In the game's ending, Tempest is seen grieving Aquagirl's death after she sacrificed herself to stop Tiamat from unleashing chaos upon the world.


  • Aqualad also makes eight appearances on the comic series based on the show. In his first appearance in Teen Titans Go! (issue #10), he searches for Gill Girl. He told the Titans that she used to have a crush on him, but he looked at her like a sister. Beast Boy did not believe him and says that she dumped him. He made short appearances in #20, #25, & #27. One of the stories in issue #30 focused on him and Speedy. In issue #48 an alternative version of him as Tempest appeared in a group called the Teen Tyrants.


  • In the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, there are parodies of Aquaman and Aqualad called Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
  • Aqualad appears in the Robot Chicken episode "They Took My Thumbs", voiced by Clare Grant. He appeared along with other sidekicks in the "Bring Your Sidekick To Work Day" segment. Green Arrow informs him that there was another Aqualad before him (a giant, anthropomorphic fish) and that Aquaman ate him (all the while complaining that he was out of tartar sauce) when stranded in the arctic.


  1. ^"Drew Van Acker Joins Titans Season 2 as Aqualad". SuperHeroHype. 2019-06-14. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  2. ^Adventure Comics 282 (1961)
  3. ^Aquaman #40 (July–August 1968).
  4. ^Adventure Comics #452 (July–August 1977).
  5. ^Adventure Comics #453–455 (Sept. 1977-Jan. 1978).
  6. ^Tempest: Prophets And Kings (Nov. 1996–Feb. 1997).
  7. ^Titans #15 (2009)
  8. ^Blackest Night #2 (August 2009)
  9. ^Blackest Night: Titans #2 (September 2009)
  10. ^Blackest Night: Titans #3 (October 2009)
  11. ^Green Lantern (vol. 4) #51 (February 2010)
  12. ^Titans (vol. 2) #23 (March 2010)
  13. ^Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (2011). DC Comics
  14. ^Aquaman (vol. 5) #14 (2012). DC Comics
  15. ^Aquaman (vol. 5) #41
  16. ^Aquaman (vol. 5) #42
  17. ^"Aquaman" (vol.5) #50
  18. ^DC Comics Secret Files: The Titans and Secret Files: Aquaman (1998). DC Comics.
  19. ^Grayson, Devin (w), various (a). The Titans Annual. DC Comics.
  20. ^Countdown to Final Crisis #24. DC Comics.
  21. ^Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (June 2011). DC Comics.
  22. ^Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1
  23. ^Holbrook, Damian (June 14, 2019). "PLL Alum Drew Van Acker Lands Splashy Titans Role". TV Insider. Retrieved February 27, 2020.

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Garth (DC)

Garth as Tempest in Aquaman v5 #49.

Garth is a male comic superhero that features in DC Comics.



Aqualad in Aquaman v1 #1.

Garth was a male Atlantean who was the son of King Thar and Queen Berra with the pair ruling the peace-loving Idylists that lived in the Hidden Valley. For centuries, the people had lived a life of peace and had rejected any concept of violence. However, Thar was mad and he sought to expand the kingdom through war with him creating an arsenal of weapons for the task. This was an anathema to the Idylists who at the height of King Thar's insanity decided to stop him with him being murdered as a result. Queen Brera by this point was pregnant with her husband's child and begged to be spared with the Idylists having no intention to hurt her. Instead, they decided to banish her from the Hidden Valley with this exile being done so for her own safety. She later gave birth to Garth who was born with the rare hereditary purple eyes to some of their offspring. (Adventure Comics v1 #455) Due to his hereditary nature, it was deemed that the child could not survive underneath the waters and thus he was sent to live on the surface. (Adventure Comics v1 #269)



Tempest, his wife Dolphin and son Cerdian in Titans v1 #47.


Following the Flashpoint, a new history of events were created as a result of the altered timeline.

Whilst serving in the Silent School, he fell under the training of Magister Loke which was where Garth met a fellow student Syra with the two falling in love. The pair were prized students with Loke pushing them to master the forbidden magical arts. Garth lost control of his spells leading to the death of Syra with this tormenting him to the point that he abandoned working at the Silent School. (Aquaman v8 #29)

He was on the hunt for a number of black market smugglers that had killed an Atlantean and were selling his organs with Garth arriving on the scene to kill them. Despite the presence of Dick Grayson, the Spyral agent was unable to stop Garth from massacring the criminals after which he went back to the ocean. (Titans Hunt v1 #1)


Personality and attributes

He possessed distinctive purple eyes that indicated his heritage among the people of Atlantis. Such children were considered a hereditary throwback to the Atlanteans human ancestors with such offspring deemed incapable of surviving under the ocean. (Adventure Comics v1 #269)

Garth was the son of King Thar and Queen Brera who were the rulers of the Hidden Valley. He was not fully aware of his parents as his father was killed due to his mad plans to conquer the world. (Adventure Comics v1 #455)

Powers and abilities

Utilizing mystical powers in Tempest v1 #4.

Similar to other Atlanteans, he had telepathic powers allowing him to converse with others by understanding and speaking any language. (Adventure Comics v1 #269)


  • Garth as Aqualad was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon where he made his first appearance in Adventure Comics v1 #269 (February 1960).
  • The character later debuted as Tempest by Phil Jimenez where he made his appearance in this role in Tempest v1 #2 (December 1996).

In other media


  • In Teen Titans, the character made an appearance in the animated series where he first appeared in the episode "Deep Six" where he was voiced by actor Wil Wheaton.
  • In Young Justice, Garth made an appearance in the animated series in the episode "Downtime" where he was voiced by actor Yuri Lowenthal.
  • In Titans, Garth appeared in the live-action television series where he was shown in flashbacks in season 2 and was portrayed by actor Drew Van Acker. He was shown as an Atlantean with hydrokinetic abilities where he came to join the young sidekicks of other superheroes such as Robin and Wonder Girl. During this time, he fell in love with Donna Troy but did not confess his feelings for her at the time. By the time they were adults, the three worked as superheroes where he operated as Aqualad and they were part of the Titans. In that time, he came to confess his feelings for Donna but was later killed by the assassin Deathstroke.


  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the character made a cameo non-voiced role in the alternate reality accidently caused by the Flash. On this world, Earth was ravaged by a devastating war between the Amazons and Atlanteans. In this Earth, Garth was shown as being a soldier in Emperor Aquamans army with him and Kaldur'rahm participating in murdering the crew of Deathstroke's ship. He was incapacitated by Deathstroke and nearly killed by him until Black Manta intervened where he defeated Slade who along with Lex Luthor were killed by Aquaman.

Video games

  • In Young Justice: Legacy, Garth appeared in the video game as a playable character with actor Yuri Lowenthal reprising the role. He later grieved for the death of Tula after she sacrificed herself to stop Tiamat from unleashing chaos upon the world.


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Powers and Abilities

Tempest has many abilities linked to his Atlantean physiology. He is amphibious: though his natural environment is the ocean, he may breathe air for up to an hour at a time. His musculature is much denser than a normal human’s, providing him with super human strength and resistance to damage.

He is able to swim at speeds of up to 100 mph. His eyes have adapted to the murky depths allowing him to see in almost total darkness. In addition, he shares the Atlantean telepathic ability that allows him to communicate under the waves.

A kind of magic

Tempest’s remaining powers stem from his Idylist birth-rite. These powers include the ability to manipulate both water temperature, creating ice or scalding steam, and currents, summoning whirlpools, vortices, and tidal waves.

As of this writing, he possesses finer control over his cold-generating powers than his heat-producing ones, allowing him a wider range of ice powers than heat powers.

Garth may use his abilities to sense the presence of water, including water in living bodies. He has displayed telekinetic abilities and a powerful, if tiring, optical energy blast. Furthermore, he has become sensitive to mystical energies allowing him to predict, for instance, an attack on Atlantis by the mad god, Triton.

Study under the wizard, Atlan, has given Garth a solid grounding in Atlantean magic. He is naturally empathic to the animal life of the sea, belying his childhood fear of fish. He is trained to pilot all of the Titans various vehicles.



The story of the young hero, Tempest actually begins centuries ago when the continent of Atlantis sank beneath the waves.

Within the twin, domed cities of Poseidonis and Tritonis, warring factions emerged, battling for wealth and power. From this disharmony arose a great prophetess, Shayera.

Fearing the same endless cycle of war and bloodshed that had plagued Atlantis since its earliest recorded history, Shayera led her small group of followers, the cult of pacifists that would one day become known as the Idylists, out of Atlantis and away from the turmoil of their homeland.

In a hidden valley far from Atlantis, Shayera and her people founded their own community, Crastinus (later renamed Shayeris). Down through the ages, Shayeris was blessed with a line of great and powerful kings, masters of forgotten Atlantean magic. Both Slizzath and his brother Thar were products of this royal line.

Black magic of the depths

Slizzath, the elder of the two young princes, focused his energies on the study of the black magicks. But this pursuit that did not go unnoticed by his younger sibling. As Slizzath’s pursuit of forbidden knowledge grew ever more dangerous, Thar took steps he deemed necessary to protect his people.

These drastic measures culminated in the banishment of his brother to a limbo-like plane of existence. With the threat of the elder prince’s black magicks negated, Thar ascended to the throne of Shayeris.

Tempest (Garth) flying over a white background

Thar was troubled, though. He feared the day his brother might break free of his otherworldly prison. To protect against just such an eventuality, Thar began amassing a stockpile of weapons. He believed that only by arming his people could he protect them from his brother’s evil.

The people of Shayeris feared Slizzath’s return, as well. But they chose to protect themselves in another way; by ridding themselves of their tainted royal bloodline. King Thar was murdered by his palace guards and Queen Berra was exiled from Shayeris.

Birth in exile

Queen Berra, pregnant with King Thar’s child, journeyed to her ancestral homeland of Atlantis. There, in the domed city of Poseidonis, the Queen gave birth to a son, Garth (an ancient name for the Earth).

The superstitious Atlantean authorities were horrified by the child’s birth, seeing his purple eyes as an indication that the boy was physically and mentally inferior. Some factions within Atlantis even believed the purple-eyed infant was the reincarnation of the ancient wizard, Garn’danuuth.

Berra, believing it was the only way to save her people, allowed the child to be taken from her and Garth was sentenced to death by exposure on Mercy Reef.

Miraculously, the tiny baby survived this abandonment and spent his childhood in the open sea. After spending more than ten years fending for himself, Garth’s life intersected with another “cursed” infant abandoned at Mercy Reef. This was Orin II of Atlantis, the hero that the surface world had dubbed Aquaman.

A strong friendship quickly formed between the two outcasts. The team of Aquaman and “Aqualad” soon became feared by pirates throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Aquaman helped the youngster overcome a fear of fish (!) and Aqualad even cleaned and decorated an “Aquacave” for the duo.

Teen Titans

In 1978, the evil entity known as the Antithesis took control of Aquaman and other members of the Justice League of America causing them to commit crimes. Responding, Aqualad joined forces with other teen sidekicks, Robin, Speedy, and Kid Flash and the young heroine, Wonder Girl to combat the older heroes.

This group of youngsters named themselves the Teen Titans. Garth soon began making trips to the surface world to adventure with his new friends.

Tempest (Garth) casting spells underwater

Eventually, Aquaman returned to Atlantis. There, he discovered that he was the rightful heir to the throne. Also in Atlantis, a search of birth records revealed that Aqualad’s name was Garth. Not long after, the Aqua-duo met Mera, a queen from another dimensional world. Mera and Aquaman fell in love and were married.

Within a year, the royal couple had produced an heir, Arthur Jr.. With the added pressures of the Atlantean throne and the joys of his new family, Aquaman had little time for his partner Aqualad.

Garth, for his part, never felt comfortable in Atlantis where his purple eyes were still looked at with fear and derision. In addition, Garth began to feel increasingly inadequate among his peers in the Teen Titans due to his dependency on water.

Drifting away

At around this time, Garth met the Atlantean maiden Tula and the two became inseparable. Tula’s love was all that sustained Garth during a time when the neglect of his mentor, the distrust from his countrymen, and the growing feelings of inferiority among his friends led to a psychosomatic illness. It took the form of seizures and fainting spells.

Garth needed to escape his surroundings. He resigned his membership in the Titans and went to Scotland to receive a formal education.

By the time Aqualad returned to his undersea home, Aquaman had fallen out of favor with the Atlantean people due to the schemes of Karshon (actually the disguised villain the Shark). Aqualad rejoined his mentor in a number of adventures until the younger hero learned of a race of people called the Idylists.

Traveling to the Hidden Valley that they called their home, Garth discovered their capital city under attack by Black Manta.

Manta succeeded in capturing Aquaman and Aqualad, as well as the infant prince, Arthur Jr.. By threatening Arthur Jr. with suffocation in an air-filled globe, Black Manta forced Aquaman and Aqualad to battle each other. Garth was stunned by the ferocity of his friend’s attack and defended himself as best he could until Aquaman formulated a plan of escape.

Unfortunately, Aquaman was too late to save his son’s life. He ordered Aqualad to follow him in pursuit of the fleeing Manta. Garth, still hurt and shaken by the readiness of Aquaman to attack his young partner, refused to accompany the older hero and Orin angrily cut all ties with his partner.

Going back to my roots

While Aquaman tracked down Black Manta, Garth spent his time in the Hidden Valley. He searched for any clue of his origins. He eventually learned the “truth” that his father, King Thar had gone insane, stockpiling a vast array of weaponry. Records revealed that the King had subsequently been killed and that his mother, Queen Berra had been exiled.

In the following years, Garth rejoined his surface friends in the Titans from time to time. He even fought beside his mentor, Aquaman on more than one occasion, though a definite rift had developed between the two. Then, during the reality-altering event known as the Crisis, Tula, Garth’s one true love, was killed.

Garth became depressed and introspective exhibiting behavior that could best be described as suicidal.

Aqualad’s adventures with his mentor grew even more infrequent until an attack by the Wildebeest Society brought the two together again. Struck down in a Wildebeest assault, Aqualad hovered near death at S.T.A.R. Labs. The Titans contacted Aquaman who returned the young hero to his people the Idylists, where the fabled faithhealers of Shayeris prayed for the life of their prince.

Garth’s condition was critical for some time but a combination of Aquaman’s voice, Tusky’s touch, and a vision of his lost love, Tula, brought the young hero back to the land of the living.

Two near-deaths

Some months later, Aqualad and Aquaman encountered the villain, Charybdis. This left both men seriously injured. In his wounded and semi-conscious state, Garth met a young merwoman he believed to be a resurrected Tula. This half-humanoid / half-shark merwoman was, in fact, one Letifos. She nursed Garth’s wounds until help arrived in the form of Aquaman’s new ally, Dolphin.

After his wounds had healed, Aqualad went out in search of “Tula” but was captured by Letifos’s hostile tribe. Garth was crucified and left in the path of an oncoming razor-like cloud that stripped flesh from bones in a matter of seconds. Garth strained at his bounds but could not break free and he was enveloped in the swirling vortex.

All that remained in its wake was Garth’s skeleton.

Hero of might and magic

But Garth did not die. Atlan, the ancient Atlantean wizard and father of Aquaman, had been watching the young hero for some time, seeing in him a great mystical potential. Just prior to his death, Garth’s essence was spirited away to another dimension by the mage.

In this other-dimensional world, Atlan taught Garth how to harness his mystical birth-rite. While little has been revealed of this rigorous training period, Garth does bear one visible reminder of the ordeal ; the stylized tattoo-like scars over his right eye.

After a final test, a battle with his mentor, Atlan, Garth was informed that his tutelage was over. Garth, however, was unsure of his powers and requested more time to learn how to wield his new abilities. Atlan would not hear any such talk, insisting that Garth must return to his home waters to aid Aquaman in repelling a coming invasion.

Atlan explained to Garth that he has a great destiny to fulfill. The young mage is to be the protector of all the sea’s peoples just as Aquaman is the protector of all the sea’s creatures.

Garth bristled at the thought of predestination. But he eventually saw the wisdom of Atlan’s words. He burst through the inter-dimensional barrier between his “training” dimension and Earth and uttered a cryptic verse; “A haven in the center of a swelling Tempest.”. Garth would take the code name Tempest.

Defender of the oceans

Once Garth had assisted Aquaman in turning back the Hunter-Gatherer invasion, he returned to the city of his parents, Shayeris. There he foiled an attempt by his Uncle Slizzath to reenter our reality. During the course of this adventure Garth was reunited with his mother, discovered the truth about his father’s “insanity”, and finally came to terms with the death of Tula.

With Queen Berra reinstated as ruler of the Idylists, Garth returned to Atlantis, unsure if he and his mother would ever have anything resembling a normal relationship.

Back in Atlantis, Garth assumed the role of Ambassador of Poseidonis and High Councilor to Orin’s court. He also rejoined his friends to form a new Titans team, acting as one of the five co-leaders.

With the differences between Tempest and Aquaman now largely resolved and a new found commitment to the Titans, Garth seems poised to carry on with his life and fulfill his destiny as protector of the sea’s people!


Tempest is an athletic young man with black curly hair and striking purple eyes. He normally wears a costume fashioned from his parent’s bedcover (that, itself, was patterned after the flag of the Idylists). This garb is black and red with a swirling, wave-like pattern.

Over his right eye he bears the reminder of his time as Atlan’s student, two tattoo-like scars that arc down from hairline. Garth is seldom seen in “civilian” clothes but on an outing with his Titans teammates Garth used makeup to hide these scars, most likely in deference to those of his friends who maintain secret identities.

Apparently, time passes differently in the dimension that Atlan brought Garth to train him in the use of his powers. As a result, Tempest is now older than his teammates in the Titans by 2-3 years.


While he has had his problems with insecurity and self-doubt in the past, Tempest is now confident in his role as both a hero and a man. He does not thrive on combat as does his teammates, Arsenal or even Nightwing, but instead does what he does for no other reason than he wants to help people. He attempts to avoid physical conflict whenever possible.

When combat is the only option though, he will neither shirk his duty nor abandon his friends. He will, however, employ the minimum force necessary to get the job done.

Garth is at times the conscience of the Titans and a voice of reason for Aquaman. He is honest, unpretentious, and above all else, good. Perhaps too good for the hero biz, as Wally wonders during the Titans “Then and Now” story arc. None of this stops him from trading playful “insults” with his Titans friends, however.


“Violence is always the last and worst possible resort.”

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Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 08 Wil: 07 Min: 10 Occupation: High Councilor of Atlantis
Inf: 07 Aur: 09 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 08
Init: 21 [23] HP: 60

Awareness*: 07, Detect Water (ML)*: 09, Energy Blast (ML)*: 09, Fog (ML): 08, Ice Control (ML)*: 09, Ice Production (ML)*: 09, Pyrotechnics (ML): 08, Swimming: 07, Telepathy: 03, Telekinesis (ML): 08, Ultra Vision: 07, Water Control (ML)*: 09, Water Freedom: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Miscellaneous: In addition to being able to sense when major events of a mystical nature are about to occur, Tempest’s Awareness Power allows him to sense when Aquaman needs his aid. This should be treated like the Danger Sense Power with the GM rolling in secret to determine if Garth senses Aquaman’s current plight. The OV/RV of this Roll should be based on the severity of the danger as it applies to Aquaman.
  • Miscellaneous: Tempest may use his Detect: Water Power to mimic the effect of the Life Sense Power. Naturally, this requires that the life form in question possesses H2O in its system.
  • Energy Blast is Fatiguing (Note: Because Energy Blast is Mystic Linked, Garth takes Bashing damage to his SPIRIT rather than BODY when suffering from the Fatiguing aspect of the Power.)
  • Power Restriction: Ice Production and Pyrotechnics require a source of water through which to function.
  • Miscellaneous: Fog represents Tempest’s ability to create steam using his Pyrotechnics to heat up a water source. If Pyrotechnics is Neutralized in some way, Tempest loses the Fog Power, as well.

Animal Handling: 04, Occultist*: 07, Vehicles: 06

Iron Nerves.

Aquaman (High), Atlan, the Wizard (High), Atlantis (High), Letifos (High), the Idylists (High), The Titans (High).

Fatal Vulnerability: Tempest must immerse himself in water once per hour or he begins to die. (No Intrinsic Range).

Designer’s notes

Oooboy… Many of the abilities that Garth is reported to possess since his transformation from Aqualad to Tempest have yet to be depicted in use or have been used so rarely as to raise doubts as to what power is actually being wielded.

Therefore, I have chosen not to include Spirit Travel or Teleportation (both the Aquaman and Titans Secret Files mention Garth’s Astral Projection and Teleportation Powers) in Tempest’s list of Powers.

In addition, comments in Showcase ’96 #1 regarding the speed with which Garth’s facial scars seem to be healing indicate that Garth may possess some sort of regenerative abilities (Regeneration: 3-4?). This would be logical since the Idylists have been depicted possessing faith-healing powers. This regenerative ability has yet to be firmly established, however, so it has been omitted.

Finally, in the Tempest miniseries, Garth creates his new costume from his parent’s bedcovers using his Telekinesis. This would require the DC Power Matter Manipulation, a powerful ability that Garth has yet to demonstrate again. Once more, it has been omitted until further proof of its existence is shown. Whew !

Previous statistics

Mayfair’s Who’s Who has pre-Tempest Aqualad stats, while The Titans Sourcebook has various versions of Garth from different points in his career. Perhaps the only thing lacking from these official write-ups concerns his Bonus to Awareness that I mention above.

On several occasions long before the advent of his magical Tempest powers, Garth displayed a mystical bond with Aquaman which allowed him to sense when his partner was in danger. It is possible that this bond was weakened when Garth began to feel neglected by his mentor and was finally broken by the pair’s Manta-prompted battle.

By Vincent P. Bartilucci.

Source of Character: DC Comics.

Helper(s): Daria at Tempest’s Purple Reign ( – defunct) for invaluable insight and a darn fine origin recap to swipe! If the History section makes any sense it is due to Daria’s fine work. If not, blame my sloppy editing.


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Book Synopsis

In this final Preacher volume, Jesse Custer makes amends with his girlfriend, Tulip, then seeks revenge against his formerfriend and compatriot Cassidy for the things the Irish vampire did to her when they both believed the Preacher to be dead.

The final chapter in the Preacher storyline and the conclusion of Jesse Custer's quest to literally find God and take Him to taskfor the world's injustices. As the Preacher's crusade draws to an end, all of the players converge at the Alamo for a final show-down. With the love of his life, Tulip, by his side, Jesse makes his last stand against all of his enemies, including the Irish vampireknown as Cassidy, whom he used to call friend. But as the dust settles in the Texas desert, you won't believe how this epic battleof good versus evil will end.

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Artist Steve Dillongrew up drawing from an early age; the London native received his first professional assignment at age 16. His work for various UK publishers led to his being offered work on Vertigo's Hellblazerwhich paired him with writer Garth Ennis. They went on to create the award-winning Preacher.

Garth Ennis has been writing comics for over twenty years, initially for British titles like 2000 AD and Crisis, then for various American publishers. As well as Preacher--which he co-created with Steve Dillon--his credits include Hellblazer, Hitman, War Stories, Adventures In The Rifle Brigade, Kev, Battler Britton, The Boys, Battlefields, Dan Dare, 303, The Chronicles Of Wormwood, Crossed, Streets Of Glory, Dicks, The Punisher, Fury and The Pro. Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now resides in New York City with his wife, Ruth.


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