"Double Edged": Mera is delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly regarding the importance of the trade treaty between the seven kingdoms of Atlantis and the surface world as a whole, Arthur Curry receives a Justice League alert. Black Manta is attacking the Museum of Unnatural
Appearing in "Double Edged"
- New York City Police Department
- Atlanteans (Mentioned only)
- Amazons of Themyscira (Mentioned only)
- Gods of Olympus (Mentioned only)
- Pallas (Mentioned only)
- Jesse Hyde (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Arctic Ocean
- Atlantis (Mentioned only)
- Themyscira (Mentioned only)
- Sporting Snare
Synopsis for "Double Edged"
Mera is delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly regarding the importance of the trade treaty between the seven kingdoms of Atlantis and the surface world as a whole, Arthur Curry receives a Justice League alert. Black Manta is attacking the Museum of Unnatural History to go after the indestructible Sporting Snare, which was a pride of the Mermazons.
When Arthur intervenes before Black Manta can steal the snare, the latter criticizes the former about killing his father but protecting the snare. Arthur doesn't regret it however saying Manta's father was a pirate who hurt others. He tries to warn him against the consequences of using the snare stating it's cursed which is why he hid it under a false identity on the surface, but Manta refuses to believe him.
As he uses the Sporting Snare to attack Arthur, the former suffers a debilitating shock after which his vision is impaired and hunger greatly increased. Aquaman explains this is why he hid it, because those who used it for anything other than feeding themselves were struck with a personal famine which was the cause of the end of the Mermazons.
Manta promises he will destroy Arthur one day before being apprehended by the New York police. Arthur later goes to the Arctic Ocean and decides to let the Sporting Snare stay there with one of its victims, stating he was wrong to think it'll be safe on the surface and he will come after anyone who tries to steal it.
Appearing in "Breathless"
- S.T.A.R. Labs
- Dr. Sinclair
- Scorpio (First appearance)
- Atlanteans (Mentioned only)
- Plasma Dart
- Trident of Neptune
Synopsis for "Breathless"
Aquaman is attacked by Scorpio's plasma darts designed to freeze lungs so he can't breathe underwater. As he tries to get away, the Scorpio soldiers follow him and bomb him. Their leader reveals that they have already injected him with a tracker and there is no sea-life around that can help him.
Aquaman demands them to reveal as to why they abducted Dr. Sinclair and his team and where they took them, but the Scorpio commander mocks him saying he is going to die anyway. Arthur destroys Scorpio's underwater vehicles and the shockwave from the explosion allows him to quickly travel to an air pocket he knows about.
The Scorpio commander drags Aquaman back under the sea and thinking he's dead, takes him to their facility, There, Scorpio demands Dr. Sinclair replicate his hybrid DNA to create such soldiers for them. Arthur however knocks out all the Scorpio members except the commander, revealing to him that he was only pretending to be dead to learn their plan and their weapons have no effect on non-humans.
The commander tries to flee and Dr. Sinclair tells Arthur to go after him, but he assures him not to worry, revealing that the sea life didn't come to his aid earlier as he deliberately told them to stay away but now he has told them to come to his assist. This allows him to catch the Scorpio commander before he escapes.
Appearing in "Throne of Atlantis: Prologue"
- Atlantic Ocean
- U.S.S. Essex shipwreck
- U.S.S. Essex
Synopsis for "Throne of Atlantis: Prologue"
This story is reprinted from Aquaman (Volume 7) #14.
In 1820, a storm rages on the Atlantic Ocean. A ship is pursuing a stranger across the ocean. The sailors shoot the stranger with a harpoon and capture him in a net. The stranger, an Atlantean, is brought to the captain. It turns out that the sailors rescued the Altantean's wife earlier, however; instead of thanking them, the woman killed two sailors before she was killed. The Altantean then cut the captain's eye. Just as the captain is about to kill the Atlantean, other Atlantean surround the vessel.
In the present, Aquaman summons a group of fish in order to give a message to his brother.
At the Atlantean Palace, Ocean Master, King of Atlantis and Aquaman's brother, has a conversation with a female consort. They discuss the prophecy of a boy born with purple eyes that will bring about the end of Atlantis. Ocean Master disregards the prophecy as fiction and is displeased that the Atlantean people is threatening Garth, the boy in question. He orders that Garth be returned to his mother unharmed while the people who threatened him be sent in the wells for trial. In that moment, the group of fish arrive at the palace and Ocean Master realizes his brother wants to speak to him. Although the consort is unsure, Ocean Master agrees to have a moment with his brother in private.
At Belle Reve prison, a guard enters Black Manta's cell in order to interrogate him. Placing Manta's helmet on the table, the guard jokingly asks if Aquaman is as powerful as Manta claims to be. He is also here to give Manta the option to join the Suicide Squad. Enraged, Manta brutally assaults the guard, ranting that Aquaman is stronger than any human being. Amanda Waller and two other guards enter the cell and Manta says that he will not join Waller's team. He will die only for Aquaman.
Aquaman and Ocean Master meet up at the wreckage of an old ship. Aquaman asks if he had anything to do with the Atlantean attack on a U.S. military base or Black Manta's attempts to obtain the Dead King's relics. Ocean Master denies any involvement, saying that if he wanted the relics, he would Aquaman for them. Aquaman asks his brother if he plans to attack the surface world, and Ocean Master says no.
Meanwhile at Norway, Vulko is helping a group of men how to fish when another men shows him the corpse of an Atlantean soldier. Surprised by this, Vulko knows something is wrong and dives into the sea.
The ship the brothers are in was the ship from 1820. Those sailors had killed the king and queen of Altantis. The Atlanteans were angry, so they sank the ship and left the sailors in the ocean. One by one, the sailors drowned until only the captain remained. The Atlanteans took him to the shore, but the captain demanded that he be returned to the water so that he could die alongside his men.
Ocean Master says that Altantis could sink every ship in the ocean, but they choose not to. He then departs, but not before wishing happiness to this brother.
Later, a stranger with the Dead King's Scepter goes to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and releases the Trench creatures from their prison ...
Appearing in "A Queen in Exile"
- Mera (Flashback and main story)
- Aquaman (Flashback and main story)
- Erin Shaw
- Leron (Flashback only)
- Nereus (Flashback only)
- Officer Erika Watson
- Reverend Mother Cetea (In a vision)
- Tommy Shaw
- Atlan (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Xebel (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "A Queen in Exile"
This story is reprinted from Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1.
Appearing in "The Rise of Aqualad"
- Kare7 News (First appearance)
- Bonnie Chung (First appearance)
- Lucia Hyde
- Kenny (Single appearance)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Royal Flush Gang (Mentioned only)
- Justice League Watchtower (Mentioned only)
- Hell (Mentioned only)
- T-Jet (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "The Rise of Aqualad"
This story is reprinted from Teen Titans (Volume 6) #6.
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