Sunday, February 12, 2012

Black Manta – The One Where Black Manta Almost Took Over the World – MK Stangeland Jr.

(6 Panels)

Panel 1: AQUAMAN tries to use his aquatic telepathy to summon allies.

SFX: Wum-wum-wum-wum-wum

Panel 2: BLACK MANTA is riding on the back of a shark like it’s a horse and wearing some kind of additional pieces of armor beyond his normal suit. The suit emits anti-waves that interfere with AQUAMAN’s telepathy.

BLACK MANTA: I don’t think so.

SFX: Muw-muw-muw-muw-muw

Panel 3: AQUAMAN is knocked backwards, feeling pain from the feedback loop caused by BLACK MANTA’s device.


Panel 4: AQUAMAN tries to recover as BLACK MANTA pushes a button on his helmet.


Panel 5: A version of AQUAMAN’s telepathic waves emit from BLACK MANTA’s helmet.

SFX: Wum-wum-wum-wum-wum-

Panel 6: Distance shot of AQUAMAN and BLACK MANTA as the waves continue to emit from BLACK MANTA’s helmet. We can start to see various sealife enter the panel as BLACK MANTA summons them to do his bidding.

SFX: -wum-wum-wum-wum-wum-wum-wum…



  1. Nice tight page. Surely this has been looked at before in the comics somewhere. right? Not to take anything away from you MK, but it seems like the exact kind of thing you would find in an Aquaman book.

  2. The simply fact that Black Manta's anti waves SFX is just Aquamans spelt backwards is bold, silly, fun, which comics just need to be sometimes. Also the visual of Black Manta in panel two riding in like some kind of underwater black knight is just awesome.

    However like Ben I feel this is exactly the kind of cool thing DC should be doing with a black Manta type character, and if they are not then they are missing out on something that could be great.

  3. I had a similar idea to this (I may change it between now and my posting date) but I think you pulled it off better.

    Loved the SFX and the visuals.

  4. This page is just mental. The more I think about it, the more it makes me smile. I doubt it'd fit into grim 'n' gritty new DCU continuity... but I love it all the more for that.

  5. This page just makes me think I'm watching some crazy Saturday morning cartoon. I think it's the sound effects. I dig it. It's over the top and crazy but not quite wacky, still more crazy.

  6. It's been touched on, but you are once again sovereign of sfx on this one, MK. Love the wum vs muw fight here. This page looks like a heck of a lot of fun, which is always a good thing for comics to have more of. Kudos.


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