With this week's issue of "Amazing Spider-Man" also evoking feels of sympathy for the criminal mind, I have to say that I wasn't overly impressed by this issue's move to explain away decades of villainy by the Black Manta as the result of mental illness. I mean Aquaman's rogues gallery is already thin enough without writers making an active effort to reform the ones that have actually been proven performers. Now I will concede that there is a certain appeal to making Aquaman work along side the man who killed his son, as there's some nice tension brewing, that you just know will explode before this arc wraps up. Having the Black Manta repeat the line of dialogue that he uttered before he escaped from Arkham also seems to suggest that the character isn't completely cured of the element that made him a ruthless villain, and Aquaman had best keep a very close eye on his new ally. I also like that the Underworld Unleashed transformation has been canceled out. Read Full Review
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