"Things Fall Apart": On Apokolips, the Justice League has fallen and Jackson Hyde is the only one left. His mentor Arthur Curry appears behind him and tells him that he must avoid a swarm of Parademons to reach a Mother Box at the bottom of an acid lake in a ravine and return to Earth to warn th
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Synopsis for "Things Fall Apart"
On Apokolips, the Justice League has fallen and Jackson Hyde is the only one left. His mentor Arthur Curry appears behind him and tells him that he must avoid a swarm of Parademons to reach a Mother Box at the bottom of an acid lake in a ravine and return to Earth to warn them that Darkseid is coming. When Jackson protests that he can't do that, Arthur simply replies that Aquaman can. Jackson outruns the swarm and dives into the ravine, swims to the bottom of the lake and grasps the Mother Box.
It's revealed that the whole scenario was a simulation, Jackson is actually in the Well, a virtual reality training facility in a private grotto in the Atlantean Royal Palace. Arthur built the Well for his daughter Andy to use when she grows up, but because Jackson has been insecure in his abilities since his run-in with Scavenger, Arthur is letting him use it. Arthur needs to go to Mars for a few days to meet with Frankenstein, so Jackson will fill in for him as Aquaman while he's gone.
Jackson swims to Amnesty Bay, greeting his friends in Atlantis and on the surface as he goes. He is observed by an unknown man who wants to attack him, but the stalker's handler tells him to wait. Jackson joins his mother for breakfast in a diner but is distracted by their cute waiter Davi, a newcomer to town. Jackson is flustered and embarrasses himself in front of Davi, and rushes off after a police car that speeds past the window. After he leaves, Lucia sternly asks Davi why he's interested in her son.
Aqualad follows the police to Amnesty Bay bank. A D-list supervillain calling himself "The Human Flying Fish" is attempting to rob the bank and has killed a hostage. Jackson easily captures him and has a video call about the incident with his friends in the Titans, who are incredulous that the Flying Fish is a real villain. After the call Jackson notices one of the hostages who has been traumatised by the experience, and stays with her until she feels safe again.
After he walks the hostage home, Jackson heads back to the Well for more training. A man in golden Atlantean armour emerges from the pool in the centre of the room and tells him he doesn't deserve the life he has with friends, family and a superhero mentor, and that a Xebelian can never be Aquaman. The man attacks and, although Jackson fights bravely, the stranger is simply too strong and fast. He severely beats Jackson and knocks him into the pool, then detonates a bomb which destroys the Well and a portion of the Royal Palace.
Jackson emerges dazed from the pool and is attacked by a squad of Atlantean soldiers who tell him he is under arrest for terrorism.
Appearing in "Things Fall Apart"
- Deluge (First appearance) (Unnamed)
- Human Flying Fish (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Amnesty Bay Police Department
- Dwayne Fradon (Cameo)
- Chess (First appearance)
- Davi (First appearance)
- Justice League (As an illusion only)
- Parademons (As an illusion only)
- Andy Curry (Mentioned only)
- Darkseid (Mentioned only)
- Fisherman (Mentioned only)
- Frankenstein (Mentioned only)
- Apokolips (As an illusion only)
- Solar System
- This comic follows on from the story "Foreshadow" in Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.