Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Carlos Magno, Butch Guice, Alex Guimaraes, and VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 16, 2019
This book was not on the top of my list coming into this week. I guess it was because I was underwhelmed by The Best Defense mini leading up to it, but I was still hoping I’d enjoy it enough. Well, here it is and I more than enjoyed it…I loved it!
We open up with a flashback to the Invaders time during WW2 and Zdarsky wastes no time at all showing the reader that Namor was always a bad butt! He puts his well being behind him to save his fellow soldiers from the Nazis, but because of his exhaustion, he can’t save one…his friend Tommy.
While Cap says he doesn’t know what he’d do if he lost Bucky, we see what Namor does…tries to drown himself in women and wine…and beer…and wine. Cap and he get in a fight about it and again, Zdarsky makes Namor shine even if this time, it’s in a bit of a negative way.
While all this goes on, we jump back and forth to the present where Jim Hammond, the original and android Human Torch, talks to Steve and Randall (one of the soldiers who fought with the Invaders) about the War and Namor in particular. There is a good bit where Steve asks why an android needs help to remember the past which ties in so well with Namor having nightmares about the war.
Zdarsky also continues the storyline from the Avengers and Best Defense with Namor gathering an army to win the war against the surface world…and everyone else it seems. There is a huge M Night Sixth Sense mystery going on with Namor here that I won’t spoil, but it’s so good when the veil lifts a bit.
The issue ends with Steve heading off with Bucky to talk to their old buddy, Namor, Jim Hammond finding out something crazy about Namor and Namor seeming to have lost his mind. It’s odd when everything in a book clicks, but I am fired up about everything here and can’t wait for the next issue!
I loved this issue so much! The art, the story, the mysteries, the way it ties into the current Avengers book as well as making the Best Defense seem better in retrospect. I can’t get enough of this book and I am fully onboard with Chip Zdarsky right now.
I think this book is a must-read. Chip Zdarsky fills this one issue with more action, character moments and story than a lot of full trades. I can’t wait to read the next issue because I haven’t been this excited about a single issue in a long time!