Aquaman (3) #6
Cover Title: Deep Six-Ed!
Cover Date: February 1995
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Marty Egeland
Inks: Howard Shum
Colors: Tom McCraw
Lettering: Dan Nakrosis
Asst. Editor: Eddie Berganza
Editor: Kevin Dooley
Cover: Mike Mignola
Cover Price: $1.50
Note: Deep Six Created by Jack Kirby
Koryak and Aquaman fight the monster together, and Koryak defeats it with a power that seems eerily like Mera's hard water powers.
In a flashback we learn that Orm's mother has passed away, and can't help Aquaman find Atlan. Koryak then told Aquaman of the monster, and the two went off to fight it.
After defeating the monster, the two go off to find its masters, and have a man to man talk.
Garth, meanwhile, starts tracking a minature cave-of-death style whirpool across the ocean floor.
As Dolphin and Kako are discussing Arthur, a nasty green monster, who calls itself Jaffar of the Deep Six, attacks them.
Meanwhile, Koryak and Arthur start fighting a similar green monster that calls itself Gole. They pin it down, Aquaman using his spear to stab for the first time, and two of its buddies, Slig and Trok appear.
Meanwhile, Shaligo and Pyron are terrorizing the village above, and Dolphin gets in a battle with Jaffar.
Below, Slig tells Aquaman that the Deep Six are minions of Darkseid that are waiting for a new elemental to be born to replace one who had disappeared.
Above, Kako is knocked by Jaffar into a burning house, while Dolphin is being killed. Koryak senses his mother's pain and Aquaman and Kory run to her rescue.
Garth finds his "Tula"...
And Aquaman finds Dolphin, her face wiped away by Jaffar.
This issue has the worst cover in the series, by far.
Koryak and Aquaman attempt to start a relationship here, at least, Aquaman tries. The discovery of his previously unknown son makes Aquaman think long and hard about his own father. Koryak's talent is hard-water powers, very similar to Mera's. Why? Koryak was conceived before Aquaman had met Mera...
We learn that Aquaman's harpoon has been coated with a non-conductive alloy, as Gole tries to electrocute Aquaman. The stabbing of Gole is Aquaman's first step into anti-herohood.
Koryak is probably telepathic, as he feels his mother's death.
And Garth... poor Garth...
The letter col has a long letter from one Leah Adezio, who has contributed to this page.
Did I mention that I really hate the cover of this one? But don't let that stop you from picking up the book. The story is surprisingly engaging. The appearance of Jack Kirby's Deep Six adds to the history of the title without seeming too much like a gimmick. A good issue to pick up.