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To Ivan: Mantis is not the name of Hall of Unknown

March 9 2017 at 10:59 AM
LJF  (Login LJF)


Actually, it was referring to Bruce’s thought on Mantis and not referring to Jabbar’s name.

Some would ask, if not, why Jabbar struck a mantis pose during the GAME’s still photo shoot? Wasn’t Jabbar unafraid of death like the mantis. Also, didn’t Jabbar’s 2 big sunglass lens look like 2 big mantis eyes and his eyes were light-sensitive like mantis?

Indeed, during the GAME’s promo still, Jabbar struck different poses and one of them was a pose which resembled a flying crane with each of his arms extended sideway like crane’s wings but his fist resembled mantis fists. Yet this pose is neither a standard crane nor mantis pose. It should be just a casual pose that Bruce let Jabbar posed in front of the camera.

In fact, a praying mantis has 5 eyes and is not really light-sensitive. It has two big compound eyes and three smaller eyes located on the middle of their head. Those eyes are used for detecting light while the big eyes are for seeing movement and having depth vision. Mantis moves in the day and at night. There’s a scene of mantis fighting in the junk which carried Bruce to the Hans Island. See, that’s daytime and the mantis weren’t afraid of sunlight.

Mantis is small insect but with big guts and fierce fighting spirit. It will not shy away from danger or be easily intimidated. Instead, it will attack prey that is much bigger than itself (e.g. hummingbirds, mice, lizards, huge spiders etc.) and go for the big kill. Sometimes the best defense is the offence. Additionally, some mantis species have evolved bright colors on the inside of their arms or their lower wings. When attacked they can be flashed to intimidate their attacker. In encountering a strong opponent, instead of running away from a threat it will stay put and try to look bigger. It will raise its wings and raptory arms and try to stand as tall as possible. Maybe even rocking from left to right to seem more intimidating. An astonishing feat is that a mantis does not have any venom. It just has to hold its prey down with pure force and start eating it.
The above description fits Bruce or Jabbar more? Apparently, it fits Bruce.

Jabbar was an unknown secretive figure on the “Floor of the Unknown.” He was a ghostly creature who represented darkness, devil and death. His biggest weakness was light-sensitiveness. Thus, in the end, the hero (Bruce) defeated the devil (Jabbar) using the brightness of the light to overcome the darkness of the hall and using his righteousness to conquer the fear of death.

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  • Re: To Ivan: Mantis is not the name of Hall of Unknown - Julian on Mar 9, 2017, 2:11 PM
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