Close on Black Manta’s mask. We’re looking up at it – worm’s eye view. Is it grinning at us, or is that just a trick of the light?
Manta: How long can a man survive without water?
Wider shot. We are in a dry and dusty dungeon. Manta stands in front of the open doorway, half turned away from us, reading from a handheld computer. He’s wearing a nefarious looking shoulder bag (ie. one that matches his evil outfit). We’re still looking up from down on the floor.
Manta: I googled it. Between 3 and 7 days, depending on a variety of different factors I won’t bore you with.
Manta: My research, however, was unable to find the answer to a more specific question…
Switch the viewpoint. Now we’re looking from above and behind Manta, down towards where we were looking up from in the first two panels. Manta has put the computer away and is pulling a bottle of mineral water from his bag.
Down on the floor before him is a severely dehydrated Aquaman. He’s reaching up towards us, desperate for a drink, yet still defiant, refusing to be broken.
Manta: How long can an Aquaman survive without water?
Aquaman: I won’t… beg…
Aquaman’s pov again. Manta has crouched down and is offering Aquaman the bottle of water, having removed the top. Drops glisten in the light.
Manta: Oh, Arthur, what sort of monster do you take me for…?
Aquaman grabs the bottle and drinks greedily.
Manta stands watching, malevolent.
Aquaman vomits the water back up. He can’t drink it.
Manta looks victorious.
Manta: …the kind who’d take my enemy’s native element… and make it anathema to him?