Synopsis for "Worth"
This story is reprinted from Aquaman Giant #2.
Jackson Hyde gets bored of trying to set up his online dating profile with Evan and asks him if he'll be interested in a relationship, but he replies he doesn't feel any romantic attraction to him. Jackson thinks he made a fool of himself and leaves, despite Evan insisting it's okay.
On his way home, Jackson reminisces how he similarly wrecked his relationship with Kenny when hr tried to be truthful by showing off his powers. Suddenly he gets attacked by the Electrocutioner who states he's here to hurt him for the debt his dad owes him, figuring his son being beaten up will cause embarrassment for him.
Electrocutioner easily disables Jackson's Waterbearers and is unaffected bio-electric attacks, causing him to switch to physical attacks. Electrocutioner mocks him claiming his attempts at relationships fail because he wants attention which he never got from his father. Jackson replies he's proven himself to others in his own right and to tell everyone he's tougher than his father.
Knowing however it was his father who had sent Electrocutioner, he calls him out. When confronted, Manta states that he didn't want him to be an embarrassment to him. Jackson replies he won't. After he starts filling his helmet with water, Jackson replies that's how he felt all these years while struggling but states he's lucky he didn't raise him, otherwise he wouldn't have spared him.
Appearing in "Worth"
- Aqualad (Flashback and main story)
- Aquaman (Flashback only)
- Kenny (Flashback only)
- Lucia Hyde (Flashback only)
- Teen Titans (Flashback only)
- Batman (Mentioned only)
- Bolt (Mentioned only)
- Atlantis (Flashback only)
- Waterbearers (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "A Father's Favor"
Aqualad after subduing a villain receives a call from his mother who worries that being a superhero will destroy his life. In return Jackson asks if she's worried he'll end up like his father. While he is swimming in the ocean near the Titans Tower, Black Manta arrives and asks him to assist him in a task which he couldn't trust anyone else for except him.
The two travel to Rhode Island and Manta states that the man they're going to see stole something important to his family. When they find the man, Jackson warns Manta that he'll stop him if he tries to kill him, leading Manta to reply that's why he brought him in case he's provoked. The man Manta is after turns out to be Oscar Montez visiting the grave of Manta's mother Ramona.
Oscar tells Manta he didn't use the money he gave him for her treatment as Ramona was disgusted of the way her son had earned it and accuses him of abandoning her by choosing to stay with his father as well as valuing his pride and vengeance. Manta states it was her own fault that she didn't accompany him and his father while choosing to marry and settle down with Oscar instead. Manta prepares to kill him stating he has no need for him now that his mother's dead, but Jackson stops him.
As Oscar escapes, Manta attacks his son for allowing him to be able to do so. Meanwhile, the earlier conversation between Jackson and Lucia is shown, with Lucia affirming that she worries that he'll end up like his father even if he is good, telling him to not replace family life with one of a superhero. Manta meanwhile overpowers Jackson but spares him, opting to simply leave instead.
Appearing in "A Father's Favor"
- Lucia Hyde
- Oscar Montez
- Teen Titans
- Jesse Hyde (Mentioned only)
- Ramona-Hyde Montez (Mentioned only) (Deceased)
- Legion of Doom (Mentioned only)
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