30 Days of Young Justice | 9. Worst mentor.
Hear me out. I know, everyone had a real mad-on for Superman in season 1, and I don’t say the way he treated Conner was right. But he did have a bit of a shock, and just blindly accepting your clone isn’t as easy for everyone as it was for Roy Harper. Not to mention, that it seems all bygones are bygones on that front in Season 2.
So that leaves us with Aquaman. Oof. Green Arrow at least has the humility to admit he may have messed up a bit when it comes to the mentor gig. But King Orin has the same stats: Out of the three that we know of, one is dead and one is out sowing his wild oats with a noted affinity for the enemy. Then there’s La’gaan… I find it a little hard to believe he was the next-best choice for the role of mentor to the king. So let’s say we went through Garth’s Tempest phase in the time-skip - we still don’t know what happened to him, and he isn’t on the team now. I seriously doubt he’s happily retired in Atlantis eating uncooked crabs and looking fondly at a photo of his dead girlfriend on the mantlepiece…
Aquaman also knew Black Manta was Kaldur’s father and lied to him about it. We know that finding out didn’t really turn Kaldur evil, but that was still a pretty dick move. Daddybats would certainly disapprove (isn’t it a bit crazy that on Earth-16, Bruce “emotionally withholding is my middle name” Wayne is the best father figure?)
Oh, and lest we forget, he harbored Atlantis’s greatest enemy in his own house. Ocean-Master is his freaking brother! Aquaman left his pregnant wife in his evil brother’s ‘protection’ and she ends up kidnapped and having the life force sucked out of her. Actually - last thing we heard, no one had found out about Prince Orm’s treachery. So he might still be there, at the right hand of the king, living his double life and sowing his mischief. Right under Aquaman’s nose. Just like the thousands of Reach vessels that have been hiding completely undetected in the ocean for God knows how long. Nice going, dude.