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Devil Ray is an upstart aquatic supervillain and a disillusioned former henchman of Black Manta. He is a black militant plotting to take over Atlantis for his people.

Devil Ray does not remember his origins, his earliest memory is as a boy watching a fight between Black Manta and Aquaman. The boy was inspired by a black man who could fight gods and superheroes, and from that point on modelled himself on Black Manta, studying and training to reach the peak of his potential. He eventually became one of Black Manta's Manta Men, believing that they were working to free their people from oppression, but gradually came to realise that Black Manta was not a visionary or a revolutionary, he was just another supervillain concerned only with his own wealth and his feud with Aquaman.

Devil Ray discovered a boulder of Orichalcum at the bottom of the sea. At first he felt great pain, but then it spoke to him with the voices of the Deserters, a lost tribe of black Atlanteans. They told him that he was a descendant of the Deserters, and taught him how to use the stone's energy. He delivered a sample of the Orichalcum to Black Manta, who suffered the same agony he had, proving that he was a Deserter, but did not hear the voices. Devil Ray concluded that Manta's greed and selfishness kept him from hearing the voices and struck out on his own.[1]

To obtain the tools and assistance he needed, he began working as a henchman for the Human Flame. After a successful bank robbery he slit the Human Flame's throat and forced him to transfer his essence into a bracer on his wrist, as Miller's fire was the only flame hot enough to cut Orichalcum. He also recruited Miller's other henchpeople "Red" and "Orange", an older African-American couple who possessed expertise in explosives and weapons.

At his headquarters hidden in a pocket dimension, they began shaping the Orichalcum, this had the side effect of activating latent Atlantean DNA in surface dwellers with distant Atlantean ancestry, causing them great pain.[2] After the modifications, Devil Ray was able to use it to create duplicates of himself from water around the world. He used the duplicates to announce to the world that the oceans now belonged to black people and detonated them, destroying several targets including Black Manta's undersea base.[3]

Devil Ray sensed that Black Manta was also trying to access the Orichalcum and stepped up his plans. He donned an armored diving suit modelled on Manta's and infiltrated Atlantis, then attacked a meeting of the Atlantean Council with an experimental toxin to determine its effectiveness on Atlanteans before the planned attack on the entire city.[4]

Back on the surface he, Red and Orange attempted to forge an Orichalcum trident, which Devil Ray believed would rival the Trident of Neptune in power. However, when he attempted to melt the Orichalcum, Red and Orange both immediately died, spewing blood from every orifice. His computer informed him that the Orichalcum became highly radioactive when he heated it. Deducing that only people with Deserter ancestry can safely work Orichalcum, he ordered the computer to locate Black Manta.[5]

The computer tracked Manta to Doctor Mist's headquarters in Ethiopia and Devil Ray teleported in and attacked. He proved to be no match for Manta in a one-on-one fight but managed to shoot Manta's assistant Gallous in the chest with a "smart trident". He forced Manta to come with him back to his hideout or he would kill her. Together they forged the Orichalcum trident and Devil Ray revealed his plan to poison the people of Atlantis, then raise the city to the surface as a new black homeland which he would rule as its king.[1]


Abilities

Equipment

  • Devil Ray's Armor: Devil Ray wears an armored diving suit similar to the one worn by Black Manta.[4]
    • Bracer: Devil Ray wears a high-tech bracer on his right wrist which contains a source of magical power, the captured essence of the Human Flame[2] and poison.[4]
    • Breathing Apparatus: The suit allows him to breathe underwater.[4]
    • Hologram Projector: The suit includes a holographic projector that allows him to disguise himself.[4]
    • Optic Laser[1]
  • Orichalcum: Devil Ray possesses a large quantity of the mystical metal Orichalcum.[4]
    • Aquakinetic Astral Projection: Devil Ray is able to manipulate the Orichalcum's energy to create duplicates of himself from water, project his consciousness into and speak through them. He is able to control the duplicates from hundreds of miles away. He can also cause them to explode with devastating effect.[3]

Weapons

  • Orichalcum Trident[1]
  • Smart Trident: A projectile weapon which lodges in a person's flesh. It is not immediately lethal, but Devil Ray can cause it to kill whomever it is embedded in at will.[1]


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Footnotes


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