Aquaman (3) #41
Cover Title: Till Death Do Us Part!
Cover Date: February 1998
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Mark McKenna
Colors: Tom McCraw
Lettering: Albert DeGuzman
Asst. Editor: Dana Kurtin
Editor: Kevin Dooley
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze and Patrick Martin
Cover Price: $1.95
Deep Blue is feeling better, just in time, too, as Polaris is trying to take out Koryak and Tsunami.
In the meantime, Maxima is making a big impression on the people of Poseidonis. Some of them think she's Mera, most of them are simply impressed. Vulko points out that Aquaman is being held by Polaris, and Maxima decides to rush to his rescue. She's followed in by Power Girl (who just happened to be passing by) and Dolphin.
The combined forces of good easily defeat Polaris, though it's mostly Maxima's doing. And as Aquaman thanks her, she makes it clear that thanks from her future mate are not necessary. Of course, Aquaman hadn't planned on being a future mate of Maxima...
Maxima takes Aquaman hostage in order to coerce him, and Power Girl, Tsunami, Dolphin, and Deep Blue rush to his aid. Maxima is no match for their combined efforts, and leaves with the promise that all present will regret this choice. Aquaman's relief is short-lived, however, as the citizens show that Maxima was their idea of a queen, and they aren't happy she's gone.
Totally uninspired cover by Brian "floating in mid-air" Stelfreeze. It doesn't bear much on the events in the book, but is symbolic of what happens, I suppose.
This issue was fantastic. Well played all the way through, with a great use of all the supporting cast. Every character stayed in character, and even Vulko seemed back to his old jolly self.
There are more really good one-liners in this issue than in the previous year's worth. Starting with the citizens admiring Maxima right up to Deep Blue's Jackie Chan impersonation, it was romp-romp-romp! One of the best issues in the series so far.
A romp, and serious fun. Well worth the pennies spent.