CREDITS: Written by Steve Vance; art by John Delaney and Ron Boyd.
REVIEW: '90s Aquaman could be a serious, teeth-grinding experience, but Vance takes it in another direction and makes this a superhero sitcom, with comedy sea life (the loquacious dolphin even calls the sharks "comic relief"), comedy henchmen, and an Ocean Master who is so broad a speechifying, mustache-twirling villain that he comes across as funny. This is a megalomaniac who doesn't understand why he keeps losing despite his having a leaky submarine HQ, and in a sweeter turn perhaps, doesn't get that Aquaman is trying to integrate him back into his family.
The story's weakness is in its opening sequence on some tropical quay where Aquaman saves a man dropped in the water with cement shoes, and is content leaving the poor guy still tied and cemented on shore, and the murdered who did it running away. It makes Arthur seem callous and foolish. It connects with the next story, but as we'll see, not in any way that would redeem the character.
IN THE MAINSTREAM COMICS: Aquaman and Ocean Master, comedy stylings aside, are straight from the comics of the era. Power Girl makes sense as a back-up feature because in the post-Crisis DC Universe, she had a connection to Atlantis through Arion instead of being from Krypton. Belle Reve prison, where supervillains (and the Suicide Squad) are housed, is referenced.
REREADABILITY: Medium-High/Medium - The Aquaman story has a surprising amount of laughs and smiles. The Power Girl story tries to do too much with its page count.