Coming straight out of the back pages of DC Comics’ Batman Rebirth: #1, is the detailed look on Aquaman’s current series. All text and quotes taken directly from the source material.
The Drowning” kicks off Aquaman’s new series from writer Dan Abnett and artist Brad Walker and sees the Sea King battling to heal the wounds between the surface world and Atlantis – with the murderous Black Manta waiting in the depths to bring it all crashing down.
Born to a human father and an Atlantean royal mother, Arthur Curry now sits on the throne and plans to finally begin diplomatic relations with the surface world. Unbeknownst to him, his greatest foe is setting into motion a plan to destroy Aquaman’s family, his city, and everything he believes in. “This is Manta driven in a way we’ve never seen before,” teases Abnett.
Once a treasure hunter, Black Manta became locked into a blood feud when he and Aquaman killed each other’s fathers. Now Manta is a dangerous one-man terrorist movement hell-bent on taking down Aquaman. “They are like yin and yang-completely, inextricably locked into this cycle of destruction,” says Abnett. “Manta’s utterly relentless. He will never, ever, ever stop coming for Arthur. And that’s what makes him so chilling as a villain.”
Manta doesn’t just want to kill Aquaman: “Manta wants to disgrace and shame Arthur, too- to shatter anything Arthur tries to build, his relationships, his kingdom, any positive steps Aquaman is trying to make in the world,” explains Abnett. “It’s this level of total destruction of Aquaman as a living being that Manta wants.”
To face Aquaman, Black Manta has rebuilt himself from a simple treasure hunter into an unstoppable force of vengeance. High-pressure armor with built-in life support allows Manta to battle the Sea King in any environment. Plus, he’s equipped with an arsenal of knives and harpoons capable of puncturing solid steel and blistering eyebeams laser-focused on a single goal: destroying Aquaman. Manta is the weapon.
AQUAMAN REBIRTH is written by Dan Abnett and is available now!
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