Aquaman (1994) #69
Cover Title: none
Cover Date: July 2000
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencils: Steve Epting
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Noelle Giddings
Lettering: John E Workman
Editor: Tony Bedard
Cover: Mike Kaluta
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: 24 May 2000
Order Code: MAR00 0171
The Atlanteans return to Poseidonis, and find Garth there with his son and the JLA, who are helping to rebuild the city.
In the meantime, Aquaman hunts down and captures Ocean Master, then tells the UN that he's annexing Cerdia.
The Cover: This is more like it! Aquaman holding a globe in one hand and an Atlantean flag in the other, standing over what I presume is Cerdia. This is a neat cover. The composition is clean, and the image encourages a closer look. More like this, please!
Well, Jurgens does seem to have a flaws as a writer. In this case, he should have concluded this arc with the last issue, and could have easily compacted those last six issue by an issue or two and made the story stronger. But no, he's got to finish. Since the war is finished, the rebuilding now starts, with the JLA taking an unusual role. As Mera rightly points out, Atlantis is generally ignored.
Strong art for the most part again this issue. Dolphin looks wrong, but then she's looked wrong for a couple of years now. And I still can't see her as having any attachment, emotional or otherwise, to Garth. She is far too free-spirited to work in this role, and I can't seem to get over the fact that she's somehow mutated into a completely different character.
On page 5, how is it that Dolphin and Garth are crying underwater?
All in all, a good piece of work. I'm glad to see the last of Donna, though. She's for another generation, let's leave her in the future.
I still want a TPB of these issues.