Namor: The First Mutant #1

Namor: The First Mutant #1

Writer: Stuart Moore Artist: Ariel Olivetti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 25, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
5.8Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Spinning out of the pages of X-MEN #1, comes an all-new series starring the world’s first mutant, NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER. When the X-Men are confronted with a deadly vampire threat, Namor takes matters into his own hands on a mission that might bring down the entire might of the vampires on their heads…and in the process, destroy Atlantis! What lurks down below the ocean where the sun can’t reach? What he thought was a fable to scare the children of Atlantis comes to terrifying life in the form of a newly-discovered race of Atlantean Vampires. Namor’s choice, to stand with Atlantis or the X-Men, will define a new chapter in his life…or death. Rated T …$3.99

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 25, 2010

    Moore's portrayal of Namor could stand a bit of work, though. There's nothing overtly wrong with how Namor is characterized. He's the same proud, haughty monarch who cares deeply for his people. The problem is that Moore doesn't build from there. Admittedly the present setup of the book isn't necessarily ideal for deep characterization, but given the entertaining work Matt Fraction has done with Namor in recent months, Moore should be capable of bringing a little more humor and flavor into his writing. The script sporadically provides narration from Namor, but it rarely has much to add to the story or to Namor's portrayal. This goes back to my general complaint about the framework of the series. Moore writes a competent first issue. I just don't sense a larger plan in the story yet, nor the intention to really dig in and explore Namor's character. Given how quickly some of Marvel's recent ongoing books have folded, Moore really needs to give this series a clear sense of identity and pu Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 7, 2010

    Visually, I feel like Im supposed to be enjoying myself, but Im not. Painted comics are always good to look at, but when the artist uses Photoshop to reuse the same sea creature in many pages of the comic book, I start to feel like Im watching an old Flintstones cartoon where the background kept being reused every five seconds while Fred and Wilma are driving by. I think modern readers deserve more care and attention in their comic books. I can understand reusing artwork for dramatic effect, but using the same fish all over makes the artists look sloppy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 29, 2010

    In other words, bring back the Golden Age noble savage, with a modern twist. Hopefully Marvel will keep trying with Namor until it gets it right. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony RakittkeShare this:StumbleUponDigg Aug 27, 2010

    Namor is not your typical hero. He's cocky, conceited, and an unimaginable bastard, but in an industry drowning in Typical Heroes, is Namor's demeanor necessarily a bad thing? I don't think so. Despite Olivietti's adequate artwork, this is a comic I'm going to stick with for a while, if only to see what Moore can do with it once this vampire storyline is concluded. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 26, 2010

    Aside from Namor vanquishing a vampire squid -- you read that right -- by ripping off one of its tentacles, this issue meanders about, showing Namor as an oafish brat. His strength, nobility, and character are never put on display, and the story suffers for their lack. Moore and Olivetti attempt to infuse some of the wonder and diversity from the ocean's depths, but that gets muddied up by vampires and paper-thin plotting. I had pinned my hopes high that this time Namor might stand a better chance to thrive in a title of his own, especially given the sales boost the X-emblem Namor wears would provide. Unfortunately, my hopes were quickly dashed beneath the surface of this book. Maybe I'll track down the stories mentioned in the "Namor Files" at the back of this issue to find some satisfactory tales of Imperious Rex! Read Full Review

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