Jackson Hyde is one of two fictional character, codenamed Aqualad. He is a comic book superhero published by DC Comics. Jackson Hyde was originally created for the Young Justice animated series by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa, while the comic book version debuted in Brightest Day #10 (September 2010), and was created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.
Jackson Hyde first appeared in Brightest Day #10 (September 2010), which coincided with the appearance of Aqualad in the 2010Young Justice animated series. He is a black teenager from New Mexico. This ability had previously been thought to belong exclusively to Aquaman's wife, Mera, and people from her world.
Jackson Hyde and his on-and-off again girlfriend Maria are first drawn into the events of Brightest Day after witnessing Deadman, Hawk and Dove activating the White Lantern Battery, which had landed in Silver City, New Mexico after the events of Blackest Night. As the Battery begins to speak to the heroes, the tattoos on Jackson's right arm begin to glow. Jackson Hyde is an average student who is pretty bored in Silver City, New Mexico. Since he was young, he’s been taught by his parents to fear water; they don’t want him near it because his true parents would be able to locate him, not to mention certain changes happen to Jackson when he gets in the water.
Jackson has kept this secret hidden for years, lying to his girlfriend about being afraid of drowning, being unable to swim and being in the dark about the mysterious tattoos he’s had since birth. He’s done his best to avoid it. Aquaman is later contacted by the Entity, which tells him to locate Jackson before a second party does, which is speculated to be Siren and her Death Squad.
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