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The Attack on the Stalnoivolk was an attempted hijacking of the Russian submarine Stalnoivolk orchestrated by Jesse Kane, his son David Kane and their mercenaries.


Jesse Kane and his son David were hired by Orm Marius, the then King of Atlantis, to steal a submarine to fake an attack from the Humans and aid Marius' war against the surface.[1][2]


Jesse Kane, David Kane, and their band of pirates hijacked the submarine. During their apparent victory, Jesse presented David with a special knife once owned by his grandfather, which David accepts. However, their victory was interrupted by Aquaman, who took out the hijackers. The sailors were evacuated as a drowning Jesse Kane used an explosive to sink the submarine.[1]


"You killed innocent people - you ask the sea for mercy."
―Arthur Curry to David Kane[src]

The attack on the Stalnoivolk had two major outcomes. First, while heavily damaged after the attack went wrong, David Kane still managed to salvage the submarine and use it to launch a fake attack on Atlantean dignitaries meeting to discuss a potential war at the ancient Council of Kings, as Orm had hired him to do. Orm's plan worked; in light of this “surface dweller” attack, King Nereus thus agreed to join the King in his war against the surface.[1]

Secondly, the attack marked the first encounter between Arthur Curry and David Kane, which resulted in the former leaving the latter's father to die. As a result of this, David became motivated to seek revenge on Arthur, which led to his involvement in the Attack on Sicily later in the conflict, and to taking up the title “Black Manta”.[1]

Another minor result of the attack was increased publicity for "the Aquaman" in the surface world.[1][3]