"Aquarium": After having been away for several months, Aquaman returns home to Atlantis. Nearing the capital city of Poseidonis, he finds several dead sentries at an outpost. He also discovers remains of a species of jellyfish that he has never encountered before.
- This is incredible! An invading force has captured the entire city!
- — Aquaman
Synopsis for "Aquarium"
After having been away for several months, Aquaman returns home to Atlantis. Nearing the capital city of Poseidonis, he finds several dead sentries at an outpost. He also discovers remains of a species of jellyfish that he has never encountered before.
Investigating further, Aquaman draws close to the domed city. He is horrified to find that some mysterious invasion force has taken control of the city and have been using Atlanteans as slave labor. He also discovers that these workers are also dismantling a salt processing plant - one of Atlantis' chief exports. Some nearby guards spot Aquaman and recognizing his costume as an old Atlantean prison uniform, mistake him for an escaped prisoner. They capture him and take him to the Aquarium prison facility.
There, Aquaman mingles with the other prisoners who tell him of the mysterious invaders that laid siege to the city when they were at their most vulnerable. Nobody has ever seen what these invaders look like, but the prisoners know that they have rounded up nomadic tribes of Atlanteans from the surrounding regions and pressed them into service. Even now, Atlantean loyalists are forming a resistance to take back the city.
Meanwhile, at the AHARD-1 hospice center, Mera, former queen of Atlantis, has been languishing away in a locked room reserved for mental patients. Some strange insight flashes into her mind, and she suddenly springs to the door and begins pounding her fists while shouting "He's back! He's back!"
Back at the Aquarium, one of the prisoners decides that if he were to kill Aquaman, then he would have bargaining power with the invaders. He ambushes Aquaman and the two begin fighting. One of the other prisoners, a resistance fighter named Jared, comes to Aquaman's aid just as he finishes off his attacker. Jared tells Aquaman their plans for the resistance.
Appearing in "Aquarium"
- Giant Jellyfish (First appearance)
- Doctor Diade (First appearance)
- Jared (First appearance)
- Pletus (Flashback only) (Only appearance; dies)
- Vulko (Behind the scenes) (Apparent Death)
- Wexel (Flashback only) (Only appearance; dies)
- Atlantean transport ships
- Issue includes part one of a four-part editorial on the history of Aquaman by Mark Waid.
- Aquaman chronologically appeared last in Invasion! #2.
- Issue includes flashbacks of events that took place in Atlantis during the time that Aquaman was gone.
- The female Atlantean doctor seen in this issue is identified as Doctor Diade in Aquaman (Volume 4) #2.
- The Giant Jellyfish from this issue are likened to that of Adolph Hitler. They preach the values of racial purity and even refer to their invasion as a "final solution".
- The name of the Atlantean hospital center, AHARD-1, is a rather obvious sexual innuendo. Whether it was the intention of the writers to invoke such a double entendre is unclear.
- Aquaman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Aquaman (Volume 1)
- Aquaman (Volume 2)
- Aquaman (Volume 3)
- Aquaman (Volume 4)
- Aquaman (Volume 5)
- Aquaman (Volume 6)
- Aquaman (Volume 7)
- Aquaman (Volume 8)
- Aquaman and the Others (Volume 1)
- Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis (Volume 1)
- Aquaman: Time and Tide (Volume 1)
- Atlantis Chronicles (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
Links and References
- This issue indicates that Vulko was killed during the Atlantean uprising. This is later proven to be a falsehood perpetuated by the giant jellyfish in order to reduce morale. Vulko appears next in Aquaman (Volume 4) #1