King in Black: Namor #5

Marvel Comics

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Benjamin Dewey and Jonas Scharf

Colors by Triona Farrell

Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna

The Rundown: After being forced to fight alongside a powerful enemy, Namor remembers his last battle with the Black Tide.

Namor has released Kharsa and Sycorax from their prison to aide in the battle with Knull. After a disturbing conversation, he rushes to the Trench. The scene then cuts to the distant past where Namor and the Atlantean’s are battling the Black Tide. After watching the decimation of their army, Dorma makes a difficult choice. Then, she and her friends have a confrontation with their enemy that yields devastating results. Back in the present, Namor discovers the Black Tide have been freed leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

The Story: This was a satisfying ending to Namor’s King In Black run. Kurt Busiek neatly tied up the history of The Black Tide, while setting up a compelling plot-line for a future series. I like seeing a young Namor come into his own while dealing with betrayal and heartbreak. And Dorma’s display of strength and courage was awesome. This was an intense issue filled with action and emotion that draws you closer to a lesser hyped character in the Marvel universe.

The Art: Dewey and Scharf use detailed drawings that heavily center on character expression. The following color work by Farrell changes from intense, dark, red and blues in the present to various green and blue tones for the past. This is a beautiful issue with stunning underwater battle scenes that are really engaging and exciting.

King in Black: Namor #5

9.3

9.3/10

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