Aquaman (2011) 23.1

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Aquaman #23.1: Black Manta (2011)
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Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons
Title: Sea Change
Cover Date: Nov 2013
Writer: Geoff Johns (plot) and Tony Bedard (words)
Artist: Claude St. Aubin
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual and Taylor Esposito
Colorist: Blond
Cover Artist: Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons and Rod Reis
Assistant Editor: Kate Stewart
Editor: Brian Cunningham
AQUAMAN Created By Paul Norris
Ship Date: 11 Sep 2013
Order Code: JUL13 0166
Cover Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32 (20 story pages)
Character Appearances: Black Manta, Amanda Waller, Aquaman (in flashback), King Shark, Orm; Scavenger

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Set loose as the Secret Society's plan unfolds, Black Manta is shocked to learn that Aquaman may be dead! Without the object of his hatred, how will Manta claim his final vengeance against the man who killed his father? Where will one of the most lethal villains alive turn his rage when he begins a new mission?

NOTE: This issue features a 3-D motion cover.


Black Manta finds his anger redirected when Aquaman and the league are defeated by the Crime Syndicate.


Amanda Waller, recruiting Black Manta for the Suicide Squad, sums up his history just before the Crime Syndicate attacks Belle Reve and frees all the prisoners.

Manta calmly retrieves his gear, killing a guard along the way and meeting Orm. He then goes to the meeting place with the other villains and learns about the death of the Justice League. He takes Aquaman's trident and returns to the grave of his father to mourn.

Ultraman moves the moon, changing the tides and causing massive damage, including the destruction of Black Manta's father's grave. Manta's anger is redirected at the Crime Syndicate.


This issue has a gimmicky 3-D motion cover, or a standard cover. The special cover cost a dollar more and didn't provide very much of interest.

Manta would not have cared about the Crime Syndicate if Ultraman's action had not desecrated his father's grave. As it is, he joins with several other villains in Forever Evil to fight back.

Characters: Amanda Waller; Black Manta; Aquaman in flashback; Manta's father; various doomed prison guards; King Shark; Orm; Briscoe (helicopter pilot); Scavenger; various other DCU villains; the Crime Syndicate

Locations: Belle Reve; Happy Harbor, Rhode Island; Gloucester, Massachusetts


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