"Stinging Tide, Part 1": Aquaman, Mera and the Sea Devils go to rescue the Lurker king Noble in the mid-Atlantic ridge after an archaeological dig went sideways due to a cave-in a cave-in. After reaching the location they spotted the Trench attacking Noble. Though he fights back, the Trench draw
Appearing in "Stinging Tide, Part 1"
- Lurkers (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Stinging Tide, Part 1"
Aquaman, Mera and the Sea Devils go to rescue the Lurker king Noble in the mid-Atlantic ridge after an archaeological dig went sideways due to a cave-in a cave-in. After reaching the location they spotted the Trench attacking Noble. Though he fights back, the Trench draw blood which can make them crazy. Aquaman however distracts the Trench and tells the Sea Devils it's their turn to lead in order to prove themselves.
Judy tries to draw as many of the Trench away from Noble while Arthur and Mera try to rescue the Lurker King. The other Sea Devils however see her move as unwise and Nick decides to attack the Trench with his shoulder-mounted missiles. As the Trench surround them, Judy overloads the Sea Devils' diving lights which fries the sensing organs of their attackers.
While Mera creates an air bubble around Noble to keep the Trench away from him, Arthur fights the Trench and is able to finish off all of them. Mera then collects all of Noble's blood from the ocean and returns it to the Lurker king's body. As the Sea Devils return, they are able to patch him up with their medical supplies.
Noble thanks the Aquaman for his help and states the idol was trapped with Trench pheromones to kill him and set off a war. Arthur tries to discover who was responsible for it by communicating with the sea-life and learns that the perpetrator was a mysterious entity named Scorpio.
Appearing in "Whale Watch"
- United States Navy
- Captain Banas (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Whale Watch"
Aquaman and Mera are in the Atalntic ocean, trying to push an endangered whale pod to the south for the breeding season due to change in the water temperature. Mera commands Arthur and states he'll make a great father and he discusses about having a family with her, though she is unsure stating that the current world isn't fit for a child.
Meanwhile, a naval exercise is ongoing simulating a search and rescue of a submarine. The sailors however discover whales in the area, which they didn't expect, and they are deep diving which will kill them. Captain Banas tells the submarine crew to cease sonar activity and resurface. The confused whales however start smashing against it, which causes a breach.
Banas sends out an SOS signal, which Arthur and Mera investigate after hearing. They learn about the submarine in peril. Aquaman tries to calm the whales down while Mera tries to create a current for them to follow, but they don't move. Arthur realizes this due to the whales being too tired to push a calf to the surface. The two along with the naval divers help the whales and the submarine to the surface and later agree on starting a family soon.
Appearing in "Throne of Atlantis: Chapter Four"
- Justice League
- U.S.S. Mabus (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Throne of Atlantis: Chapter Four"
This story is reprinted from Aquaman (Volume 7) #16.
Cyborg undergoes a surgical procedure to obtain an upgrade that will allow him to survive in the Atlantean environment. His father, Dr. Stone, takes Cyborg off-line for the operation. As soon Cyborg falls asleep, Doctors Stone and Morrow begin the procedure. Morrow wanted to activate his Tornado android for the situation, but Stone refused. Meanwhile, Cyborg activates a computer on his sleep. He is trying to rebuild the military archives so he can discover what triggered the missiles that hit Atlantis.
Dr. Shin and Vulko watch the news about the war from the Justice League Watchtower's computers. The reporter believes Aquaman had been planning to betray the Justice League from the beginning, but Shin refuses to believe that. Vulko states that Shin betrayed Arthur before because he wanted to prove Atlantis' existence, and by the looks of it, he will get what he want. Proclaiming himself a loyal servant of Arthur, Vulko berates Shin for his betrayal. Vulko says that Orm has captured Aquaman and the Justice League and taken them to the ocean for a death sentence.
Aquaman and the League have been imprisoned in pods on the ocean floor. Using his trident, Aquaman frees himself and goes to help Batman, who has outfitted himself with a breathing mask. Using supersonic emitters, the two attempt to find the others. Aquaman locates Superman below their current position. Below the trench is an ancient temple. Suddenly, a Trench creature attacks Aquaman, but he slays it. Taking Batman's pod, Aquaman descends through the Trench. He considers the possibility that Orm launched the missiles himself. With the Dead King's Scepter, Orm could easily sink Boston.
Meanwhile on Boston, other heroes have begun fighting the Atlanteans. Orm orders his soldiers to set detonators across the city to sink it.
During the operation, Victor is having a dream of being a full human. Suddenly, he wakes up with his body fully upgraded. He meets up with Mera, having a lock on Batman's position.
As they go down the trench, Aquaman and Batman find more hieroglyphics about an Atlantean king holding the mysterious scepter. The images also show the Trench creatures following the king. Entering a secluded chamber, Aquaman and Batman find Superman and Wonder Woman still trapped in their pods. The Trench have paralyzed them with a fluid they naturally produce. As they are about to attack Aquaman and Batman, Cyborg and Mera arrive and help them defeat the creatures. As Superman and Wonder Woman are released from their pods, Aquaman and the group return to the surface.
Meanwhile, the Trench arrive at Boston and attack both humans and Atlanteans alike. Even Orm is confused by the creatures.
Aquaman is wondering why is Orm installing detonators if the scepter of the Dead King can sink entire cities. Cyborg has recovered a security archive from the U.S. military, he now knows who activated the missiles. As Aquaman watches the video, he realizes Orm does not have the scepter. Someone else started the war.
In the Watchtower, Vulko attacks Shin, angry at how he turned the world against Arthur. Knocking Shin out, Vulko furiously rants about how he was exiled after Arthur left Atlantis. He then brandishes the scepter of the Dead King.
Appearing in "Xebel Heart"
- Atlantis (Flashback only)
- United States of America
- Xebel (Flashback and main story)
- Royal Gardens
- The Strand
- Throne Room
- Ocean Master's Trident
Synopsis for "Xebel Heart"
This story is reprinted from Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4.
Appearing in "Blood of the Manta, Part Two: The Secret Lives of Parents"
- Lucia Hyde (Flashback and main story)
- Black Manta (Flashback and main story)
- Batman (On a TV or computer screen)
- Madame Langrock (First appearance) (Dies in flashback)
- Deathstroke (Mentioned only)
- Goliath (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Nazi Party (Mentioned only)
- Titans (Mentioned only)
- Wally West (Mentioned only)
- Octopus sea monster
- Xebel (Flashback only)
- Azarath (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Blood of the Manta, Part Two: The Secret Lives of Parents"
This story is reprinted from Teen Titans (Volume 6) #10.
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