Issue by Issue – Man From Atlantis #2

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Frank Robbins
Inker – Frank Springer
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

The issue begins with some incredible artwork from Frank Robbins and Frank Springer and the Atlantean named Mark Harris, otherwise known as the erstwhile Man From Atlantis. It seems Dr. Elizabeth Merrill has a mission for Mark, one that comes from the Navy in a roundabout way and while Mark wants no part of them, what they have to say intrigues him as it has to do with the Bermuda Triangle and a mysterious cloud that has been abducting anyone that gets close enough to it. Elizabeth is slightly worried of course, her feelings for Mark not exactly a secret though she has not expressly come out and said anything to make them known but if there is anyone that can get to the bottom of this mystery, it will be Mark. As the investigation progresses, that same strange mist appears and manages to swallow Mark, only for him to awaken in the presence of the man named Schubert, a villain if there ever were one. Those who have watched the television show will know the character immediately as the conniving bad guy he is and it is no different here within these pages as he looks to get Mark on his side. If he cannot do that, then he has something else planned that will still make use of the man-fish which is dissection and hopefully, the ability to reproduce whatever it is that makes Mark special in other men in order to bolster Schubert’s forces. This was a fine issue which was obviously just the first chapter to a story that author Bill Mantlo had in mind when written all those years ago and the man makes it both a solid read and one that provides a lot of entertainment. It is good to see another villain pop up in the book as it gives Mark something to strive against and makes for a much more interesting story, not that Mark swimming around the oceans and trying to figure out who he is and where he is from is not all that intriguing. Just how it is that Mark will escape his current predicament remains to be seen but it should be fun finding out just how that will happen and if all the previously abducted men and women also manage to make their escapes. As previously noted, Robbins and Springer tend to illustrate it all quite beautifully and it is hopeful that they remain on the book as this particular art style suits the aquatic escapades of the lost Atlantean quite well. Altogether, a good book that leaves everyone wanting more.

3.5 out of 5

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