Newsarama interviewed Tony Bedard on his Aquaman
issues for Villains Month
, Aquaman #23.1: Black Manta
and Aquaman #23.2: Ocean Master
. Read the entire interview here
Black Manta is languishing in Belle Reve prison for supervillains. Amanda Waller wants him for her Suicide Squad because she recognizes what a badass he is. But then something happens (and you have got to read Forever Evil #1 or you will kick yourself!) that turns the world upside down. And Manta has to reexamine his whole reason for being. Is it enough to live only for revenge against Aquaman? Or can Black Manta find a bigger purpose? .. Seriously, he is going to emerge as a major star among DCU villains and this is where it all starts.
Despite the fact that he's facing death row, Orm of Atlantis, former King of the Seven Seas and brother of Aquaman, couldn't care less about the surface world. All he wants is to return to the ocean — to go home. Being trapped on the surface is a living nightmare for him.
And when the opportunity comes for freedom, the first thing he does is make a beeline for the coast. Let the Secret Society have the surface world. Who cares, right?
But Orm's a strangely complex personality for a villain, and the things he sees on his way to the Gulf of Mexico will test his ability to look the other way.
Geoff and I are actually co-plotting these two issues because both of them have major implications for Aquaman and for Forever Evil. I think readers who miss either book will kick themselves once they realize what pivot points they are for both of Aquaman's greatest enemies.