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M.A.N.T.I.S. Review

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Dr. Miles Hawkins, a wheelchair based scientist, invents M.A.N.T.I.S., the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter System, enabling him to become a superhero and fight his city's growing crime problem.

★★★★★

Devised by Sam Raimi and Sam Hamm, this superhero adventure borrows something from Marvel Comics’ Iron Man. Black industrialist Carl Lumbly, crippled in a riot, invents an exo-skeleton armour which enables him to get around and fight crime. A more serious version of Meteor Man with plenty of borrowed licks from Raimi’s Darkman and Hamm’s Batman, this is way above average for TV, and has a good-looking 40s style slouch-hatted hero with a cool flying car. The main drawback is the lack of a substantial villain and a plot that serves merely as a series of excuses for action scenes.

Entertaining, but lacks strong enough storylines to make it really gripping.