After making Mera a legitimate player in the DCU during Blackest Night, and restoring Aquaman's long-lost street cred, Johns appears to be preparing to unleash a can of kick butt with Black Manta!
Having already established Manta and Ocean Master in the New 52 during the first year of Aquaman, it looks like he will return to the villain of his first arc, and lead Black Manta into battle with the Crime Syndicate.
If this plays out as it looks like it's going to, it is going to be quite a sight to see the Earth's villains mount a counter assault on the Crime Syndicate, and I can't think of a cooler villain than Manta to lead that charge.
Undoubtedly Luthor will need to be involved, but what better ground commander than Manta? A battle hardened, vengeful killer looking for a new mission in life.
In this issue we don't get a Black Manta origin story like in many of the other Villains Month books, although there is a brief recap, we get a new tale, and possibly, a new origin. As it looks like Manta's character will be going through a significant change (at least for the time being), we see why he has the sudden urge to seek revenge on the Crime Syndicate, and hopefully, we will see a lot more of him in the months to come.
For a villain that has always been somewhat relegated to C-list status because of the hero he is most associated with, it looks like Black Manta's time in the spotlight is drawing ever closer.
A very good Villains Month issue, particularly for Aquaman fans.