Aquaman (3) #10
Cover Title: A Little Green In The Gills!
Cover Date: July 1995
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Peter Palmiotti
Colors: Tom McCraw
Lettering: Dan Nakrosis
Asst. Editor: Eddie Berganza
Editor: Kevin Dooley
Cover: Jim Calafiore and Mark McKenna
Cover Price: $1.75
The sea creatures are passing along a message for Aquaman: The Old One is dying and wants to see him.
A shark attacks two divers, mauling one.
Aquaman is having a dream of standing on top of Poseidonis, on the surface, with the crowds roaring beneath him and the gulls cawing above him. He is attacked by someone who could be the Ocean Master, who is standing in front of a massive thing that blocks out the sun. The person coughs up blood, then tells Aquaman that the people and the place are one, do not allow it to be otherwise.
A dolphin awakes him and tells him the message that has been passed.
In New York, Kyle hears about the shark attack and goes off to help the people of Cresent Shore as Green Lantern.
In Poseidonis, King Thesily gets more and more jealous of Koryak and decides to kill him or die trying.
Green Lantern arrives to kill the shark, and Aquaman stops him just in time.
Thesily gets Koryak alone so he can kill him, and another earthquake starts.
Aquaman explains to Green Lantern that the sharks are on death watch and won't leave until the old one dies. Green Lantern tells Aquaman that he's going to kill the shark anyway, since it's a danger to the people above, and they fight.
In Poseidonis, Thesily tries to kill Koryak during the earthquake, but a pice of masonry falls on him, crushing him.
With the shark distracting Green Lantern, Aquaman nabs his ring then puts it back on him and talks to him. Kyle agrees, and Arthur finally gets to speak with the Old One, who has forgotten what he needed to tell him.
Koryak lets King Thesily die.
Kyle shows how ignorant he still is in this story. You've got the King of the Seas telling you to leave, you leave. Aquaman also manages to snatch Kyle's ring. It might just be sloppy writing/editing, but shouldn't Kyle's clothes revert back to normal?
Koryak is showing some interesting traits, and you have to wonder if he's the best thing to happen to Poseidonis, or just his father's son.
The sub-plot with Koryak is actually more interesting than the main plot, partly because we never get to hear the important message that the old one is going to tell Aquaman, and partly because the death of Thesily settles a plot line and starts another.
What the Old One wanted to tell Arthur was finally revealed in issue #31.
Green Lantern has been inconsistently portrayed in every book besides his own that he pops up in, and he's not always consistent in his own book, either. This appearance is no exception. Peter David graphically illustrates the potential of Kyle, a potential he has yet to fill in his own book.
The 1995 Aquaman Annual came out just after this issue. Does anyone know if it was Aquaman's first solo annual?
Not a stellar chapter, but worth getting.