Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1
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Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 3, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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When a deep sea expedition mysteriously vanishes without a trace near the Marianes trench, legendary adventurer, Randolph Stein embarks on a journey that will rock him -- and his crew -- to their very core. Travelling deep into the dark belly of the sea, the men of the good ship, Voyager, are about to see things that defy description, that supersede their wildest imagination -- things that men aren't meant to see.

  • 8.6
    IGN - Daniel Crown Sep 3, 2008

    This sort of pulp-era adventure story belongs to an admittedly polarizing genre. Ironically, the bombastic language and inordinate overtones seem to bore certain readers with their blatant presentations, while others tend to wholeheartedly buy in. And to that end, fans of the pulp genre should embrace Sub-Mariner Depths as the best example of entertaining homage in recent memory, a veritable love-letter to an era gone by. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Sep 4, 2008

    Overall, I really enjoyed the first chapter of this unique Namor story. Good writing and great artwork come together to make for a compelling book, but I can't shake the feeling that this one might end up working better as a trade. My recommendation? Check out this first issue and see if it's something you would rather read all at once or as a monthly series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy/David Wallace Sep 2, 2008

    Sub-Mariner: The Depths already looks as though it'll make a fine addition to the ranks of claustrophobic undersea adventure stories that constitute a sub-genre of fantasy fiction, whether it's classic tales like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or more recent efforts such as The Abyss and Sphere. If the book has one weakness, it's that the end of the issue doesn't really provide the moment of release that you might expect of a serialised story like this one--in all honesty, I was expecting a slightly stronger cliffhanger--but Milligan at least succeeds in bringing his story to a tense and fairly chilling place by the time the issue is over. I just hope that that tension doesn't evaporate in the month-long gap between this chapter and the next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 11, 2008

    What becomes of these characters is not answered in this issue, but will almost certainly hinge the action in the issues to come. I look forward to some action, some adventure and a great deal of masterful artwork from Ribic. Hopefully a lot of action, featuring Namor. Ribic's work is pretty, Milligan's characterization is strong, but for almost four bucks an issue, I expect to be able to enjoy adventures featuring the title character. I'll be back for the next issue, but if Namor doesn't flash the winged ankles in that issue, I cannot guarantee that I would be back for a third issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Jim Sep 7, 2008

    So far, this is a poor story that is not supporting the great artwork being turned in by Ribic. Hopefully, the story improves by the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Eric Cline Feb 27, 2019

    Overall, Sub-Mariner: The Depths isn't bad but it is a bit disappointing. The artwork is impressive on a lot of fronts, and the depiction of Namor as a terrifying force of nature is great. Unfortunately, the actual plot and characters are very generic and there's not much successful dramatic tension. Read Full Review

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