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Manta is an alien possessed of the ability to summon her very life-force to generate a blinding flash of blue-white light to dazzle her opponents. Manta also sees in the infrared portion of the spectrum of light. Hence, she perceives things by the heat, or infrared radiation, that they generate.
Manta is a member of the Imperial Guard, a multi-ethnic group of super-powered alien beings who act as enforcers of the laws of the Shi'ar Empire. She was one of eight Imperial Guardsmen chosen to battle the team of superhuman Earthling mutants known as the X-Men over the fate of Phoenix, a primal force of the cosmos that had assumed the form of the X-Man Jean Grey.
Later, after the formerly-exiled Deathbird had usurped the Shi'ar throne, Manta was amongst those Imperial Guard members who clashed with the British team of costumed adventurers known as Excalibur and the team of interstellar freebooters known as the Starjammers over the fate of the then-bearer of the cosmic Phoenix Force, the alternate future daughter of the X-Man Jean Grey named Rachel Summers.
During the war between the Shi'ar and Kree Empires, Manta was one of a small contingent of Guardsmen that were dispatched by then-Empress Lilandra to retrieve the famous Nega-Bands of the Kree warrior Captain Mar-vell from his tomb.
Manta was later one member of the insurgency team that attacked the X-Men on the orders of their Empress Lilandra, who was at the time under the mental control of Charles Xavier's mutant twin sister Cassandra Nova. The attack was halted by the arrival of his fellow Guardsman Smasher who managed to convince the Guard of the true threat. Together, the Guard and the X-Men managed to defeat Nova and free Lilandra.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #137
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#1 Avengers Assemble (2012)
- 'Avengers World'#5
- 'To the Earth...'#23
- '...To the Very End'
Avengers Strike File (1994)
Captain Marvel (2012)
#15 Classic X-Men (1986)
- 'Kiss Today Goodbye'
#43 Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
- 'The Fate of the Phoenix!'
#87 FF (2011)
- 'Superguardians: Part 1'
- 'A Journey Into Mystery'
#1 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men (1998)
- 'Buch eins: Reise in das Unerklärliche'#2
- 'Buch zwei: Wettstreit der Champions'#3
- 'Buch drei: Seltsame Abenteuer'#4
- ' Buch vier: Die Mutigen... und die Tapferen'
#3 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
- 'The Fate of the Phoenix'
#2 Marvel-Comic-Sonderheft (1980)
- 'The Cure'
#22 New X-Men (2001)
- 'Die Neue Gruppe X'
#24 Phoenix (1984)
- 'This World & The Next'
#1 Quasar (1989)
- 'The Fate of the Phoenix'
#32 Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard (2010)
- 'Operation: Galactic Storm Part 3 The Tomb Of Mar-Vell'#33
- 'Operation: Galactic Storm, Part 10: Spatial Deliveries'#55
- 'Starblast Pt. 6: In a Stranger Land'
ROM Spaceknight (1979)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'H-J: From Hangman to Juggernaut'
#6 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'
War of Kings (2009)
War of Kings: Who Will Rule? (2009)
What If...? (1989)
#55 X-Men Spotlight On...Starjammers (1990)
- 'What If the Avengers Lost Operation Galactic Storm?'#56
- 'What If the Avengers Lost Operation Galactic Storm? Part Two'
#2 X-Men: Emperor Vulcan (2007)
- 'Phalkon Quest pt 2'
#2 X-Men: Kingbreaker (2009)
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#3
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#4
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#5
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 1'#3
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 3'#4
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 4'
Imperial Guard (Marvel)
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