[Ted Knight voice] When last we left Aquaman, he and Mera were shocked to learn their son, Arthur Jr., was in the hands of the villainous Black Manta!
While Manta has been apprehended, he is defiant to the end: he even goes so far to brag that this was the plan all along. What plan? To distract Aquaman and keep him away from Atlantis! Why? Because that leaves it defenseless against the onslaught of:
Atlantis manages to defend itself with the help of younger heroes Aqualad and Aquagirl. This delays Ocean Master long enough for Aquaman, Mera, and the Scooby Gang to arrive, with the Sea King calling in a small army of his finny friends.
Aquaman is about to lay out Orm, but is halted by Mera, who insists on the honor. She belts Ocean Master, and soon after Aquaman is hosting a royal dinner for his surface dwelling pals. Scooby runs away after being scared by a piranha. Shaggy decides all this delicious-looking food is for naught, because he can't eat with scuba gear on!
Like I said last month, this team-up is basically what would have happened if the Filmation Aquaman cartoon had never gone off the air--or at least lasted long enough to team-up with the Scooby Gang over at rival Hanna-Barbera. It's a load of fun, it looks great, perfect for us old timers and little kids just starting to read comics.
Writer Sholly Fisch does a great job capturing that Saturday Morning cartoon feel, I hope this two-parter is not the last time Aquaman and Mera show up in the series. Maybe a three-way team-up between Aquaman, the Scooby Gang, and Mama Cass?
Aqua-Fans, buy this book!