I’m going to try to talk about EVERY Villain 3d cover. I want to talk about two things – quality of the 3d cover and the quality of the story. Scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is terrible, 10 is awesome. Let’s start with Aquaman.
Aquaman 23.1 Black Manta
Cover: 7. Cool circling blood splatter with the knife out in front.
Story: 5. I didn’t know Black Manta before the New 52, and in the pages of Aquaman I really thought, “This guy has a dumb helmet.” He still has a dumb helmet and really wants to kill Aquaman, but the Crime Syndicate beat him to it. Now he hates them, I guess, because I’m supposed to follow his war against them in Forever Evil. I’ll read Forever Evil, so I guess I’ll follow it. It was an ok story. Makes BM in to quite the badass with his little Syndicate coin tricks and his general toughness.
Cover: 4. Water splashing 3D is ok, but he’s got a pretty dumb Liefeld grin on his face.
Story: 7.5. I kind of liked this. I don’t know anything about Ocean Master except this issue. I’m not sure how he got his trident on page 20. I liked his, “I’m not human, I”m Atlantean,” reasoning. I didn’t like his walking away from the woman and kid getting killed, but it was kind of cool seeing him turn back. If you told me there was a comic with him in it, I might read it. I thought this was fun and tied in with Black Manta ok.