Marvels Snapshot: Sub-Mariner #1

Writer: Alan Brennert, Kurt Busiek Artist: Jerry Ordway Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 11, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 8
8.2Critic Rating
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It begins here - a series of specials that show us Marvel's greatest characters from the Golden Age to today, all through the eyes of ordinary people! Project curator Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City) has brought together an amazing assemblage of talent to bring you a total of eight new and unusual viewpoints on Marvel history and Marvel heroes, two per month for the next four months. To kick it all off, best-selling novelist and Emmy Award-winning TV writer Alan Brennert (L.A. LAW, TWILIGHT ZONE) and superstar artist Jerry Ordway (All-Star Squadron, Crisis on Infinite Earths) to tell a story of Marvel's debut superstar: Prince Namor, the Sub more

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 15, 2020

    It's a terrific "slice of life" and greatstart to the series, which is being "curated" by Alex Ross (whoprovides the amazing coverabove) and writer Kurt Busiek. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 16, 2020

    This book is a rare treat. I can't wait to read it again. It's fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 10, 2020

    If you enjoyed Busiek's Astro City or simply like your superhero stories steeped in raw realism don't skip on this. The characters may be of an older time, but the message is as important as ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Mar 11, 2020

    The Marvels Snapshot series is off to a great start with this insightful look at the Sub-Mariner and the psychological damage that war leaves behind. Thanks to Jerry Ordway's scrupulous retro art and Alan Brennert's adroit use of Betty Dean as the viewpoint character, this comic's weighty thoughts on PTSD are conveyed with a look and a voice that are both engaging and distinctive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Mar 10, 2020

    With Kurt Busiek as the mastermind of this extraordinary series of Marvel Snapshots, readers and True Believers are in for a treat. This first outing is a fun, exciting, and interesting look at the world of Marvel right after the horrors of WWII ended. How soldiers, heroes, and other people are adjusting now that the fighting is done. Even with a lettering style that contrasts the art and colors, this one-shot is a must read for all who love Namor and call Marvel Comics home. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 10, 2020

    Delivering both human drama and rousing old-school superhero action, Sub-Mariner: Marvels Snapshots #1 is a real blast from the past. Unafraid to face the reality and personal cost of the Second World War and written with a boisterously vintage voice, this debut issue melds the earnest charm of the Silver Age with the rich thematics of the Modern Age of comics. We will have to wait to see if the rest of the line can run with this particular baton, but for now, Marvels Snapshots is off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 12, 2020

    The Namor-focused story of "Sub-Mariner: Marvels Snapshot" #1 carries bold art and solid writing that adds nuance to one of the original Marvel heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Archer of The Asylum Mar 13, 2020

    I enjoyed this book. Golden age snapshots in a one-shot story format are something highly appealing. And to top it all off, a beautiful Alex Ross cover encapsulates a story that's profound, moving and most of all bloody entertaining. I cant wait to see what other snapshots we will be seeing in the future from Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 11, 2020

    Like I said, it's unclear if there was a specific tone that should have guided this entire issue, but instead it reads like a mad patchwork that becomes deeply troublesome considering the subject matter it struggles to address. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 26, 2020

    I think the style of writing just wasn’t for me. I thought that the subject was at least interesting and not badly done.

  • 10
    tcobandag May 8, 2020

    sub mariner is legend character for cover artist alex ross and very basic and good flashback for this character .

  • 9.5
    barteag Mar 12, 2020

    Amazing old-school art, and an insightful, poignant and fun story. Amazing read. Truly enjoyed it.

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Mar 25, 2020

    I really enjoyed this one. Definitely a better outing than the similar "Marvel" series. I thought the subject matter was handled well.

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
    CrazyforRAMU Oct 21, 2020

    Betty Dean's attempt to loosen up Namor with an amusement park outing segues, of course, into a superhero fight. Guest-starring Marvel's Golden Age A-list and featuring a wonderfully nuanced look at PTSD, this is a best-case scenario throwback to a 1946 comic. Jerry Ordway's intensely detailed period art manages to outdo even the thoughtful script; this is a gorgeous read. I recognize this isn't for everybody, though; if a Golden Age setting and "heroic trauma" ideas turn you off, this isn't your cup of tea.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 12, 2020

    I was surprised by how much I liked it. Its one of those books you get by being curious and you wind up enjoying. The art was absolutely great and the story was interesting

  • 10
    tonpas1989 Apr 8, 2020

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