Black Manta

Black Manta

Monday, October 14, 2013


Michael Jai White: Bronze Tiger

file name:  Benjamin Turner

Affiliation:  Task Force X 
aka,  the Suicide Squad

Abilities:  Ben is a skilled tactician and strategist
but excels as a hunter killer. Even though he rarely kills
his target. The skills of an assassin and his natural
athletic talents are paramount and is only tempered
by his inner Shogun

I've been hearing the casting is inspired. I would say so ( to the obvious choice). The martial arts master of the DCU and the real life martial arts master in the flesh.

Sports fans this should be good. The second episode of Arrow is Identity, featuring China White and DC's ultimate Super Spy the Bronze Tiger.

The shows executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, said

Michael is such a badass. His performance, our incredibly talented 
costumer designer, and our very gifted props master ... they've all combined their A-games
to create a really great representation of this DC comics character. 
If your a fan of the character
from the comics. You are going to really be happy with his Arrow-fication.

Arrow will also feature Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, Black Canary, 
Sebastian Blood, and the scarlet speedster himself the Flash

Well true believers,  what do you think?
Is the uniform what it should be?
Does the master of the empty hand need Catman's  claws?
Should the Tiger mask show up?
Why was the design so close to Wolverine?
And whatever else you got.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aeternus Malum

Sea of Change

the ONE SHOT I've been waiting for and DC delivers. The Crime Syndicate has taken over the world, every prison has been busted open from Belle Reve to Blackgate. The JL, JLA and JSA are all dead or missing and the only Heroes that can do anything about it are Villains. 

Enter David Ray: AKA

Treasure Hunter
Weapons Inventor 
Pirate Assassin
come Anti Hero

(Dude don't do it. she sexy and everything but don't fall for it)

From this point the conversation is interrupted by an attack on Belle Reve. 
Nothing new right? Not this time, the evil Justice League has attacked the entire earth and shit has really hit the fan. Imagine everything that could go wrong, all goes wrong at the same time. Amanda  leaves to do her thing 
and King Shark, well ..... does his thing and eats a couple of guards.

At this point Manta walks thru the prison chaos, gets his gear and leaves via some helicopter pilot named Brisco. For real Suicide Squaders this is a sort of easter egg and  a memory of better days.

Manta goes to the big bad guy pow wow the Syndicate throws and is unimpressed.   Matter of fact, he takes Aquaman's trident from some A list killers, disregards what Ultraman is saying and walks right out of the damn meeting like the G he is. 
On a real note. I really like what Geoff Johns has done with this issue. He gave us another look and a deeper sense of who Black Manta is,   the respect he commands from his peers and the independence of an alpha character that can hold down a solo book with no problem.

Now.... after neatly giving us a brief recap of the character without going thru a whole origin story,  and tying the character directly into DC's new big event;   Geoff humanizes Black Manta and shows us a man,  a son lay down the pain of the loss of his father.    The hate that burned hotter than Vesuvius that controlled his life is over

the hate was over.   So much for that.
Let's go Killla