As for Black Manta, I hate him anyway (just for overuse) so everything he does irks me. But yes, that was above understanding how he so easily ... did what he did.
The other point, I just loved how Aquaman finally showed that while he respects Superman, he damn sure doesn't need to bow to him. Loved that he stood his ground and got some licks in.
Yes the "they are doing THAT
again" aspect is frustrating, but it was pretty much setup to happen since issue #1 so we knew it was coming.
I think the book is getting better, though long time fans may have more issues that I do
but with current Abnett writing, that could change issue to issue. Hell, it could change page to page.