Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Carlos Magno, Butch Guice, Alex Guimaraes, and VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 10, 2019
I have loved this book since the first issue and I know it’s a whole lot to put on Zdarsky, but it’s my Cap book, my Namor book, my Bucky book…I guess I just want it to be my book. Actually, I feel like it is and right now, it’s the book that justifies doing all this Marvel stuff after spending so many years with DC. So, does this issue continue the ride? Let’s find out…
The issue opens up right after the cliffhanger of last issue…Namor has flown off and Nay is ready to talk. The “shocking” secret history of the Sub-Mariner may not be as shocking as I was hoping, but we do get the continuation of Namor being a good guy and also see that Charles Xavier may be one of the biggest reasons he is so unhinged nowadays.
Without spoiling the biggest parts of the issue, Charles came for Namor and while he was thought to be an amnesiac, he was looking for mutants with Charles. It plays off a whole lot like the movie scenes with young Xavier and Magneto including a pretty cool Wolverine bit.
The important parts, though, are what happens when they find a mutant that could have really changed history and what Charles does to Namor after it all falls apart. While Charles is trying to help, we all know that what begins here as therapy might be a key cog in the destruction of the world as we know it.
We also get another character introduced and while some of the details on Nay’s son, Roman, are still a bit cloudy, we do see where his allegiances lie and the issue ends with Bucky is real big trouble and Namor’s plan going full steam ahead.
I have loved everything about this series up until now and while I am still onboard, this issue was a bit of a let down for me. Namor’s history wasn’t that shocking and I couldn’t get over the fact that Cap didn’t ask any questions about Roman. Then seeing how deeply involved he is made me even more upset. Hopefully this changes next issue.
I have been a huge fan of the art in this issue, but again, this one was a let down. I understand it’s a stylistic choice to continue the less colorful style of the flashbacks we have already had in the series, but since it’s the majority of what we get here, the book ends up looking a bit drab.
This is a slight letdown in a series that I have loved so much. It just wasn’t as shocking as advertised and was more setup than anything else. The flashback heavy issue even sets the art back a bit, but even though this is my least favorite issue of the series, I am still on the Invaders trolley big time.