Kaldur’ahm aka Aqualad is the Protege of Aquaman the King of Atlantis. He is the son the villain Black Manta and an Atlantean mother known as Sha'lain'a. He was raised by her and his step-father Cal Durham, of who is name after. He possesses black, eel-like tattoos that run across his back and along his arms and glow a bright blue when using his powers.
Aqualad's powers are somehow due to a mixture of Atlantean science and sorcery. He serves as Aquaman's teen sidekick, and tries to join the Justice League, but wound up forming his own team when they refused to give him a full membership.
Founding Young Justice
He joined Robin, Kid Flash, and Speedy on July 4th in entering the Hall of Justice after having defeated Killer Frost with Aquaman. While the League was dealing with other matters, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Robin investigated a fire at Cadmus Labs. Together they rescued a clone of Superman, known as the Super Boy, and with his assistance, defeated a mutated Mark Desmond. In an act of defiance, the four teens banded together to form a team, and on July 8th they were brought to the Secret Sanctuary, where they met their fifth member, Miss Martian.
As a Leader
During the formative first year of the teams existence, Aqualad was the teams leader by vote. He accepted the condition that Robin take over as leader when he was ready, as Aqualad believed he would become the true leader of the team. During his leadership he begins doubting whether he belongs here or back in Atlantis. He takes a break and visits his best friend Garth and the girl he loves Tula. Atlantis is attacked by Black Manta and Aqualad helps defend the city from his father, which he does not know of yet. He discovers that Garth and Tula are together and retakes his responsibilities as team leader.
5 Years Later
Within in this time period he pretends to betray the team and joins his father. He uses the pretenses of Aquagirl's (Tula's) death and that Aquaman kept his father's identity a secret, only Artemis, Wally, and Dick know that he is a spy for them. He earns Black Manta's trust by pretending to kill Artemis and not taking credit for his mission succeeding even though he failed. He and Artemis, now in magic disguise, live together in his submarine after a meeting with Wally and Dick.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Superhuman Strength: As an Atlantean, he possesses superhuman strength, sufficient to briefly challenge Superboy.
- Enhanced Durability: He is able to sustain multiple blows from both Superboy and Blockbuster.
- Toxin Resistance: Kaldur’ahm has a partial immunity to poisons of sea creatures, such as jellyfish toxin, which was used by Cheshire.
- Superhuman Speed: Kaldur’ahm's strength plus webbed hands and feet gives him amazing speed.
- Amphibious Nature: Kaldur’ahm has the ability to breathe in water through the gill slits found on either side of his neck.
- Water Pack: Although he can produce electricity from his body, he cannot produce water to which he could control. As such he carriers water in small packs located near his waterbearers so that when he must use them they are nearby.
- Stealth Suit: Aqualad wears a stealth suit that functions both underwater and on land. It's skin tight and allows him maximum mobility while in action.
- Waterbearers: Aqualad carries a pair of metal hilts that he carries on his back. He can use them to channel his water powers
- In the Young Justice animated series, Aqualad is voiced by Khary Payton. Who also voiced Cyborg.
- Because the character was originally created for the animated series before being brought into Brightest Day, he has a different origin from his comic book counterpart, including being a citizen of Atlantis rather than living in New Mexico.
- Kaldur’ahm does not use the Jackson Hyde alias used in the comics. Instead, Kaldur'ahm is commonly called Kaldur.
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- Character Gallery: Kaldur'ahm (Earth-16)
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