Aquaman (6th Series)

 AQU6   (DC, 2003-2006)

™ and © DC Comics
Becomes Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis as of issue #40.

Why DC stubbornly refuses to include a “Previously in …” text page in its serial comic books is anybody’s guess, but Aquaman (as well as any number of other recently released DC titles) would certainly benefit from such a thing. New readers to this series (assuming there are any) will be able to follow the basics of the plot, which involves Garth casting a spell that turns himself and Arthur into fish in order to observe Atlantis covertly, but the story would benefit nicely from brief character bios and an explanation of what has gone before. Atlantis, with its fascist government (sitting or standing like humans is banned) and new architecture (reflecting undersea life), is potentially interesting, but the art in this issue doesn’t really do justice to the new design of the city or to the various events taking place (such as the battle-chase between the fish and the barracuda). The art could use a boost in the story-telling department as well.

In terms of the series as a whole, the tie-in to the King Arthur legend is cool, and the “water hand” and Lady of the Lake elements fit the character nicely. (The “harpoon-hook hand” always seemed less than conducive to fast swimming, but at least it wasn’t as out of character as Daredevil’s ill-conceived armor).

All in all, for Aquaman to last beyond the runs of its predecessors (this is the fourth series starring The Wet Wonder), it will need to pick up the pace considerably.

— Brett Weiss

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#1

  2/1/2003
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Aquaman banished from Atlantis and the oceans; Aquaman gets new source of power and a magic water hand; Batman cameo; Wonder Woman cameo; Superman cameo; Flash II cameoRick VeitchYvel Guichet

#2

  3/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet

#3

  4/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet

#4

  5/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet, Joshua Hood

#5

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1st appearance of ThirstRick VeitchYvel Guichet

#6

  7/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchSal Vellutto

#7

  8/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchSal Vellutto

#8

  9/1/2003
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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet

#9

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Thirst apearanceRick VeitchYvel Guichet

#10

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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet

#11

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 Rick VeitchYvel Guichet

#12

  1/1/2004
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Aquaman free to swim the oceans againRick VeitchYvel Guichet

#13

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Kinetic-DC Focus Preview insideJohn OstranderJames Bosch

#14

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 John OstranderTom Grummett

#15

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New cover logo; New costume; San Diego falls into the oceanWill PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#16

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1st appearance of Lorena MarquezWill PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#17

  6/1/2004
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1st appearance of Aquagirl (Lorena Marquez)Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#18

  7/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#19

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 Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#20

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Lorena named as Aquagirl on coverWill PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#21

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Sub Diego separates from San DiegoWill PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#22

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 Will PfeiferPatrick Gleason

#23

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1st appearance of Marauder; Includes Heroscape insert #2 of 2John OstranderChris Batista

#24

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 John OstranderChris Batista

#25

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 John ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#26

  3/1/2005
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1st appearance of Aquagirl (in costume); Versus Ocean Master; Lorena starts wearing a costumeJohn ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#27

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Versus Ocean MasterJohn ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#28

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 John ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#29

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 John ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#30

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 Marc GuggenheimAndy Clarke

#31

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New DC logoMarc GuggenheimAndy Clarke

#32

  9/1/2005
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 John ArcudiPatrick Gleason

#33

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 John ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#34

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 John ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#35

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OMAC Project Tie-InJohn ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#36

  1/1/2006
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 John ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#37

  2/1/2006
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Spectre destroys Atlantis; Infinite Crisis CrossoverJohn ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#38

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Death of KoryakJohn ArcudiLeonard Kirk

#39

  4/1/2006
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Continued in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40John ArcudiFreddie E. Williams II

Book #1

  1/1/2004
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Collects Aquaman #1-4 and the lead story from Aquaman Secret Files, JLA/JSA: Secret Files #1Rick VeitchYvel Guichet, Norm Breyfogle, Joshua Hood, Dietrich Smith, Mark Propst, Dennis Janke

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Book #3

 
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Collects Aquaman #23-29  

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Collects Aquaman #32-39