Written by Jason Aaron
Art by David Marquez
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Letters by Cory Petit
Tiger Shark has decided to rob a cruise ship off the coast of the Bahamas and runs into Stingray. As the two take their battle beneath the seas, their fight is interrupted by Namor. The King of Atlantis gives both men a choice. When the hero refuses, Namor murders him, leaving his body to the sharks.
Days earlier, the Avengers take to the sea to rescue the perpetrators who murdered a group of Atlanteans and strung their bodies across the hull of their ship. When they confront an already pissed off Namor, they find that fighting him is harder than they thought. Considering the advantage he has under the sea, Steve tries to reason with his old friend. Thinking the conflict over, the Avengers leave not knowing that Namor has declared war and that his new tactic will bring a new team together to take on any threats from the surface.
First, I’m with Carol Danvers on this; I can’t stand Namor. I have never liked the character and he is both ridiculous and gross in this issue. That being said, I really liked this issue. I happen to think that Namor has some valid points in his argument against the surface and I am interested to see how he wages his war going forward. At the same time, everything he mentioned as his reasons for fighting would have been more compelling if they were shown versus talked about. A visceral reaction would have helped give Namor’s argument more weight. Aaron does a great job in this issue of making valid points as well as giving the characters great dialogue throughout.
Marquez’s art really helps to sell the darker tone of this story. While I would have liked to have seen more of the events that are driving Namor’s crusade, all of the art featuring Namor is great to look at. Marquez captures the strength and power of the character really well and that’s one of the things that makes me curious to see where this story goes.