Aquaman returns to the pages of Adventure with issue 475 (Sept 80), joining Starman and Plastic Man. All the regular sized comics in the DC line gain 8 extra pages, most often corresponding to the addition of a back-up series. This marks the fifth separate run of Aquaman in the pages of Adventure, his series moving back from World’s Finest Comics.
Jean-Marc DeMatteis and Dick Giordano take the reigns of Aquaman as his series moves here. Part of the plot of this story continues from the pages of World’s Finest Comics, his pursuit of some ancient Atlantean machinery.
Mera wakes with a feverish illness, and Aquaman heads out to get help, but is distracted by Topo, who leads him to the machines.
There he winds up in battle with an old foe, the Scavenger, who had not been seen since the brief revival of Aquaman’s book in the 70s. Although Aquaman bests the Scavenger, the machines are destroyed by the villain, so no one can have them.
Meanwhile, Mera’s illness gets worse, and she has a really touching sequence in which she hallucinates about her dead son. She collapses, and by the time Aquaman returns, she has disappeared.
This is the final appearance of the Scavenger pre-Crisis, as well as Topo, who had not been seen since the issue of Adventure in which Arthur Jr died.
It’s all-out war in this chapter of the Starman saga, by Paul Levitz, Steve Ditko and Romeo Tanghal. Clryssa pardons two of the prisoners from Asryx, who join with Jediah Rikane as they lead one attack against Lord Protector Oswin and his men, while Starman transports the Empress and Lady Merria to the throne room.
Still unaware that Starman is really her brother Gavyn, Clryssa promises to share the throne with him. A nicely ironic touch.
Despite the ending of the last issue, in which Mn’torr confronted Oswin, there is no sign of the man in this tale, although Oswin makes brief reference it. Only on the last page do we get a confirmation that things did not go well for Mn’torr.
Oswin now has Mn’torr staff, a powerful weapon in and of itself, and has no fear of Starman or the returned Empress.