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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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All-New X-Men (2013)
#23 Avengers (2013)
- 'The Trial of Jean Grey Part 3'#24
- 'The Trial of Jean Grey Part 5'
#1 Avengers Assemble (2012)
- 'Avengers World'#5
- 'To the Earth...'#23
- '...To the Very End'#35
- 'The Three Avengers'#42
- 'It All Comes Crashing Down'
Avengers Strike File (1994)
Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite (2012)
#6 Avengers World (2014)
- '... In A Handful Of Dust'
#17 Captain Marvel (2012)
- 'Before Time Runs Out: Part One'
#15 Exiles (2001)
- 'Kiss Today Goodbye'
#87 FF (2011)
- 'Superguardians: Part 1'
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)
#1 Marvel Now! Previews (2016)
- 'A Journey Into Mystery'
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
#5 Mighty Thor (2016)
- 'The Cure'
#15 New X-Men (2001)
- 'The Asgard/Shi'ar War, Part One: A Day Which Will Live In Immortal Infamy'#16
- 'The Asgard/Shi'ar War, Part Two: The Challenge Of the Gods'#17
- 'The Asgard/Shi'ar War, Part Three: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears'
#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'
Thanos: The Infinity Relativity (2015)
OGN HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Thanos: The Infinity Relativity'
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'H-J: From Hangman to Juggernaut'
#6 Thor (2017)
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#137 War of Kings (2009)
- 'The Fate of the Phoenix!'#480
- 'The Rise And Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire Chapter Six Vulcan's Progress (Redux)'#485
- 'The End of All That Is'#486
- 'Endings and Beginnings'
War of Kings: Who Will Rule? (2009)
What If? (1977)
#27 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Phoenix Had Not Died?'
#55 Wolverine & The X-Men (2011)
- 'What If the Avengers Lost Operation Galactic Storm?'#56
- 'What If the Avengers Lost Operation Galactic Storm? Part Two'
X-Men Spotlight On...Starjammers (1990)
#2 X-Men: Emperor Vulcan (2007)
- 'Phalkon Quest, Part 2'
#2 X-Men: Gold (2017)
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#3
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#4
- 'Emperor Vulcan'#5
#15 X-Men: Kingbreaker (2009)
- 'Mojo Worldwide Part 5'
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 1'#3
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 3'#4
- 'Kingbreaker: Chapter 4'
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