'Young Justice: Outsiders': With the mid-season finale having already arrived, why is Kaldur'ahm aka Aqualad missing in action?

The first two seasons of 'Young Justice' have seen our heroes grow up emotionally and physically, why has Aqualad supposedly forsaken the team?


                            'Young Justice: Outsiders': With the mid-season finale having already arrived, why is Kaldur'ahm aka Aqualad missing in action?

Aqualad may be one of DC's most creative legacy heroes and those, like me, who grew up watching the '60s explosion of comics and cartoon characters, would remember a completely different Aqualad than the one we see today in 'Young Justice' and its subsequent follow-ups. 

The original Aqualad was a bit cringey for my taste, and he was very similar to the first Robin as well, both being sidekicks and having no real personality of their own. It's only when we enter the '90s and the early 2000's that we finally see sidekicks given a little more character development than just being their heroes lapdogs. The original Aqualad grew up and took on the name Tempest, and the original Robin grew up and became Nightwing, thank goodness for creative writers taking charge!

Kevin Grevioux (Black Beetle) and Khary Payton (Aqualad) in Young Justice. Source: IMDB
Kevin Grevioux (Black Beetle) and Khary Payton (Aqualad) in Young Justice. Source: IMDB

The Aqualad we talk about today is known as Kaldur'ahm and this is one superhero that kids can definitely look up too. Like all Aqualads, he is the protege of the King of Atlantis, Aquaman. Kaldur'ahm is not a true Atlantean and is, in fact, the son of Black Manta (Aquaman's nemesis) and an Atlantean woman named Sha'lain'a. He was raised by his mother and his stepfather, who was formerly one of Black Manta's elite. Aqualad got his name from Calvin 'Cal' Durham and believed that he was his real father.

Kaldur'ahm unanimously became the leader of the 'Teen Titans' after his level-headedness and prowess in battle proved far superior to the rest of the team, and he is looked at as one of the most mature members of the 'Teen Titans/Young Justice' franchise, often guiding his team and providing the team with key strategies and instructions. He often has a very calm demeanor and is also the voice of reason in the team's squabbles, carefully analyzing every point of view before taking action.

Khary Payton as Aqualad in 'Young Justice'.
Source: IMDB
Khary Payton as Aqualad in 'Young Justice'.
Source: IMDB

It is his poise and respectability of character that got Aqualad noticed by the 'Justice League', and in a surprising turn of events in 'Young Justice: Outsiders', Aqualad discards his old moniker from the more commanding 'Aquaman', and is now a co-leader of the 'Justice League'. Though this may be confusing as we still have the previous Aquaman in the mix, Arthur Curry (the original Aquaman) may just stick to his original Atlantean title as King Orin.

We only got to see Kaldur'ahm in the start of the latest 'Young Justice' season, but Kaldur'ahm aka Aquaman was never a part of the Outsiders team. We'll definitely get to see him in the next half of 'Young Justice: Outsiders', and with our Titans all grown up now, Kaldur'ahm is on to better things.

DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' will be back for the second half of the season in June, and will be available for streaming exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com