Aquaman (1994) #74
Title: From The Core
Cover Title: none
Cover Date: December 2000
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencils: Steve Epting
Inks: Norm Rapmund and Prentice Rollins
Colors: Noelle Giddings and Digital Chameleon
Lettering: John E Workman
Editor: Tony Bedard
Cover: Mike Kaluta
Cover Price: $2.50
Release Date: 18 October 2000
Order Code: AUG00 0444
An alien craft takes an aircraft carrier to the bottom of the sea with it.
Aquaman and Mera return to Poseidonis to learn that Garth has died, and Dolphin even saw his ghost. Aquaman goes into complete denial, and heads for the place where Garth's death took place. Rodunn follows with containment suits to protect them from the poison. After being attacked by an illusion, Aquaman and Rodunn find Garth, the aircraft carrier, and the alien ship.
This cover is part three of the triptych, so part two will be the cover to the final issue of Aquaman. Shouldn't Ian have purple eyes on the cover?
The opening sequence with the aircraft carrier has an interesting twist. Doesn't it look like Garth's powers protecting the carrier as it goes down? Later Aquaman finds Garth hanging just over the carrier (you can barely see him in that shot, but he's there). The powers of Tempest are stretched to the limit, maybe saving lives? The question then becomes how did Dolphin see him? Was Tempest trying to get help, using other mystical powers?
Dolphin is just pathetic. I have gone from mild dislike of the character to active hate. It's a stupid character now. Dolphin is too intelligent to blame Arthur for this. And she's over-reacting. She's seen enough to know that an astral projection of Garth doesn't mean he's dead. They really need to kill the character off, now. I can't think of any way to restore her. The farce of a marriage to Garth, and now the complete dumbing down of a strong female character just disgusts me.
Get rid of Dolphin, and the story might be ok.