Aquagirl

Aquagirl

Aquagirl is the name of several fictional characters, superheroes featured in comic books published by DC Comics. Although there have been four different characters bearing the name, only two are canonical, the most recognizable being Aqualad's Atlantean girlfriend.

Lisa Morel

Lisa Morel (first appearance: Adventure Comics (vol. 1) #266 (November 1959)) was among several violet-eyed Atlantean children who were born unable to adapt to the watery world, and would soon die. To save them, they were ejected in waterproof lifeboats to the surface, to live among land-dwellers. Lisa was adopted by the scientist Hugo Morel and his wife.

When Aquaman was in danger, her water-breathing and telepathic powers awakened. She made herself a costume identical to his, took on the name "Aquagirl" and fought alongside him. But her newfound powers were short-lived, and she permanently lost them. She is not considered to have been active as Aquagirl in current continuity.

Selena

Selena (first appearance: World's Finest Comics #133) was a young Poseidonis teenager who teamed up with Aquaman under the name "Aqua-Girl" in order to impress her boyfriend and become a superheroine. However, as with Lisa Morel, Selena only appeared once and was never mentioned again. She is also not considered to have been active as Aqua-Girl in current continuity.

Tula

Tula is the first canonical Aquagirl. After losing her parents soon after her birth, she is found and adopted by one of the royal families of Atlantis. Given the title of princess of Poseidonis, Tula is schooled in Atlantean traditions. She never leaves the royal palace until she meets Aqualad at age 15.

Tula sometimes helps Aqualad with missions during his time with the Teen Titans; eventually, she also becomes an honorary member. She takes the name Aquagirl to honor her boyfriend as well as Aquaman. When Aquaman leaves his throne to search for his then-missing wife Mera, Narkran takes over Atlantis as a dictator. His reign falls only when Tula leads a rebellion against him. Tula continues her life as it had been after this, resuming her romance with Garth (Aqualad) when he returns to Atlantis. She continues to be an ally to Garth and the Teen Titans. She and Garth aid the Titans in bringing down the H.I.V.E. once and for all.

Death and return

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths mini-series, Aquagirl is killed by the villain Chemo after she drowns in water that he has poisoned.

Years later, in the Tempest mini-series, a woman claiming to be Tula enters Garth's life. In truth, it is a doppelganger created by the villainous Slizzath as part of an elaborate plan to siphon Garth's mystical energies for his own dark purposes. Garth sees through the ruse and is able to defeat Slizzath, and finally gain a sense of closure about Tula's death. It is also at this time that Garth adopted a new identity as Tempest.

Most recently, Tula reappears in Teen Titans (vol. 3) issues 30 and 31. Aquagirl is brought back by Brother Blood - along with Hawk and Dove, Phantasm, and Kole - to fight against the Teen Titans. After being freed by Beast Boy and Raven, Kid Eternity is able to lay the deceased Titans back to rest.

Tula has a statue in the "Hall of Fallen Titans" at Titans Tower, alongside the original Hawk and Dove, Kole, and others.

Lorena Marquez

Lorena Marquez is on a date at the San Diego Zoo when an earthquake shakes the city and causes it to sink deep into the sea, killing thousands, including Lorena's entire family. She comes into contact with Aquaman, who nurses her back to health, while discovering that she has developed the ability to breathe underwater like an Atlantean.

The two manage to locate the other survivors of the quake, and Anton Geist (the scientist responsible for the catastrophe). They have no choice but to begin rebuilding the city as 'Sub Diego'. When Ocean Master switches lives with Aquaman, Lorena assumes the identity of Aquagirl, adopting an aquatic costume, and she is also always barefoot, from this point in time, onward. After Aquaman exposes Ocean Master's scheme, Lorena keeps her Aquagirl costume and identity, and the two carry on protecting 'Sub Diego'.

In the Titans Tomorrow timeline, Lorena, as Aquawoman, is a member of the Titans. It is revealed that she has developed telepathic powers which she had used to kill (or paralyze) former Titan member Garth.

Aquagirl is a member of the Teen Titans during the events of 52. She assisted Steel in launching an attack on Lexcorp when Natasha was captured by Luthor.

One Year Later

In Teen Titans (vol. 3) #34, Lorena is shown at Titans Tower arguing with Hawk. She later resurfaces as supporting character of the new Aquaman, in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis. Apparently, as one of the last Sub Diegoans able to breath water, she was left in the seas, mourning Koryak's death in the rubble of Poseidonis. She then joined Joseph Curry, Cal Durham, Tempest, and the new Topo in their voyage to Sub Diego.

Other versions of Aquagirl

In Kingdom Come Aquagirl is Tula II, the estranged teenage daughter of Garth (now Aquaman, formerly Aqualad) and possibly the character Deep Blue, daughter of the golden age hero Neptune Perkins and his wife the hero Tsunami, though that has not been confirmed in any text. She is named Tula after her father's late girlfriend. She is part of a team consisting of the other original Titans' children who end up taking Batman's side in the story's key conflict. In her appearances, she seemingly demonstrates a partial shapeshifting ability, changing parts of her body to resemble those of sea creatures.

Other Media

Television

  • In Batman Beyond, Aquagirl is Marina, a member of the future Justice League and the daughter of Aquaman. The character was created specifically for the Batman Beyond episodes "The Call: Part 1" (November 11, 2000) and "The Call: Part 2" (November 18, 2000), in which Batman meets the "Justice League Unlimited," a future version of the Justice League. Aquagirl was voiced by Jodi Benson, the actress who provided the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. When Batman is going over her file on the computer, it is shown that she is the daughter of Aquaman, with powers including control over water. She later reappears in the Justice League Unlimited series (which showcases the present-day lineup of the JLU) in "Epilogue". She has very distinctive platinum blonde hair; it is always wet and slicked evenly back. Her costume varies; she is usually portrayed as wearing a one-piece swimsuit of various colors with bare arms and legs, and she always goes barefoot.
  • Aquagirl has not appeared on the Teen Titans animated series. However, Teen Titans Go!, the comic series based on the animated series, featured an aquatic superheroine named Gill Girl that could be seen as a combination of Aquagirl and Lagoon Boy.
  • In Season 2 of Entourage, Mandy Moore portrays Aquagirl in the Aquaman movie that exists in the Entourage fictional universe. The storyline has Moore, who was playing herself as the character Vince's ex-girlfriend, get ultimately dropped from the project due to the turmoil involved in their personal relationship. It is not known what actress, "real" or fictional, replaced Moore on that movie within the TV show's continuity.

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