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
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