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    Reviews - Namor, The Sub-Mariner - #1

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The reports of his death will be exaggerated. - Nawfalq
What's the trouble underwater? The Alexanders, on board their boat (Oracle), can't explain it - until they see Namor launch from the sea and fly toward an island. Here the reader learns that Namor has been considered dead and that the Alexanders have some sort of interest in him. Namor's "rage" that occurs on the island is classic - particularly the frame wherein he scoops up about eight of the natives and dumps them into their thatch huts. The fact that the Alexanders can help Namor's rage-issue via their blood-recycling device is good storytelling because it (1.) explains why Namor would trust them; (2.) provides forward movement to the plot. Namor's ecological feelings show through as he decides to "change" his life's purpose. The fact that he uses the Alexanders to do his bidding while "confiscating" the funds to make his plans work from old shipwrecks is so typical Namor that the issue seems really classic. I am not entirely sure why the sections of this comic are titled "epilogues" but overall, this is a great first issue for a volume.



Comic Book Perfection! - james meeley
I have to say that, growing up, I was never much of a fan of Namor. But the launch of this series changed all that. Writer/artist John Byrne does what any good creator should do with a character with as much history as Namor. He hits the high points you need to know, while setting up the direction things will be taking from this point on. He cleverly addresses Namor's conflicting attitudes with the surface world and begins to build a very solid foundation for all that is to come. Artwise, Byrne was at the top of his form here, giving Namor a power and grace of royalty, while never forgetting that he is also a warrior. While Byrne's skills would begin to faulter as the 90's progressed, his execution here is exactly what you'd expect of someone of his reputation and skill. All in all, this is probably as close to a perfect first issue and anything you could hope to find in this era. A true standout in a very great period of comics storytelling!




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