In issue #15, we read a series of vignettes that explain the origin and abilities of all of Manhunter's equipment and how it came to be hers.
The staff from the Manhunters, the suit from the Darkstars, the gloves from Azrael. Three short stories in one comic book; I wish they'd do more of that. Makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth.
Anyway, some people would call this a "filler issue". But what's one of the most common complaints people have about modern comic books? That they rely too much on previous continuity; that a new reader will not be able to understand them, making the story inaccessible.
The Manhunter crew understand that. So occasionally they take the time and effort to get new readers up to speed. Me, I'd just have plopped a Narration Box or Editor's Note ["Which was first seen in Darkstars #1, 1992! -- Ed."].
But the Manhunter team is cleverer than I, and works all the backstory you need into the plot of Manhunter as it unfolds. So as the Manhunter story grows forward, it also sinks its roots deeper into the DCU. Which, to me, is another reason to ...