Sub-Mariner (2007 Series) #1
Quick Rating: Below Average
The devastation of a small town leads to the eyes of SHIELD being turned on Atlantis.
Writer: Matt Cherniss & Peter Johnson
Art: Phil Briones
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Michael Turner
Publisher: Marvel Comics
A terrorist attack on a small town in Kansas points the finger straight at Atlantis, and Tony Stark has to turn the attention of SHIELD towards his former teammate, Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Nitro is still in Namor’s possession, and the blast follows the same pattern as the destruction of Stamford, but how could there be a connection?
There are two major problems with this book. First is the lead character, Namor himself. He’s never been a particularly interesting character, teetering somewhere between hero and villain but never particularly defining himself as either. Even when he does something villainous – that whole “invading America” thing from a few months back, for instance – people seem to brush it under the rug. That brings us to the second big problem – the inciting incident of this entire mini-series. Remember how the omnipresent Civil War began and how everything spiraled out of the destruction of Stamford? Well, the event that begins this miniseries is worse than that. Much worse. And yet, by comparison, the response seems microscopic. It simply doesn’t ring true.
Phil Briones and Paul Mounts do a very good job on the artwork. Underwater scenes are always iffy, but they handle them very well, and they do a particularly good job with Iron Man. (Incidentally, when does Tony Stark ever sleep? I know he’s a supervillain and the head of SHIELD now, but he’s in nearly every Marvel title. You’d think at least his mustache would be ruffled by now.)
Considering how this story begins, the issue is really rather bland.