Jim Lee Takes Aquaman’s Black Manta and Brings Him Back to the Page

Black Manta, being menacing.
Black Manta, being menacing.
Image: Warner Bros.

The design for Black Manta in the Aquaman movie was, especially for comics films, remarkably close to his drawn counterpart, capturing his silhouette and outfit rather effectively. Even still, it’s neat to see Jim Lee take that design and turn it back into a piece of comic book art.

In a “down and dirty sketch” Lee posted on Twitter, he does just that, making his own take on Black Manta based on his appearance in the film. This Black Manta is built for a fight, with heavy tactical armor and a deadly blade protruding from his arm.


Lee may spend most of his time on the publishing side these days, but he’s still got it. This version of Manta looks like a high-tech bounty hunter, Samus Aran meets the Predator. It’s a strong design, and a great little sketch.

Aquaman is still showing in some theaters, in case you missed it. 

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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I don’t get why everybody thought the “Atlantis Conspiracy” guy was crazy. Like, at this point there was proof of aliens (two invasions), Greek gods, and one extremely public resurrection. Plus you have Aquaman running around giving zero fucks. And yet, they’re like “An underwater civilization? That’s just unbelievable!”