The Best Defense: Namor #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Carlos Magno Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 20
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

•  The Monarch of the Oceans has declared war once more on the surface world in the pages of AVENGERS. And if this is a war that Namor means to win, he is going to need allies to stand beside him!
•  The Sub-Mariner's quest for a lost tribe of sea-dwellers carries him further than he ever thought possible-and to a reckoning both strange and wonderful!
•  And hey, what's up with that weird apparition in the sheet, anyway?
Rated T+

  • 10 - Charlie Ridgely Dec 5, 2018

    Zdarsky writes the hell out of Namor, who is about as damaged, serious, and complicated as you can get in the Marvel universe. He does so with a precision and depth that is slightly unexpected, but completely refreshing when dealing with a character that has often been underutilized. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Dec 13, 2018

    While not necessarily doing much to move theBest Defense story forward, this issue is quite a gem in its own right. The argument could be made against the necessity of a character study for such a timeworn character as Namor, but I'd argue that it's always best to remember that every comic could be someone's first. And if I knew nothing about Namor, this issue would hook me without hesitation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Dec 5, 2018

    I liked this issue. I feel like it had lofty goals and a ton of ambition, succeeding on multiple levels. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Dec 8, 2018

    Namor: The Best Defense has a good story, good characters, and great art. Definitely worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Dec 5, 2018

    NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE is both a great refresher and introduction to the King of Atlantis. Zdarsky has a great voice for the Sub-Mariner. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Dec 7, 2018

    Chip Zdarsky is the brains behind this story that features some lofty ideas spanning vast seas, and Carlos Magno is the artist drawing this classic Marvel looking book, in a super stimulating era of comics. Zdarsky does a great job of capturing the internal battle that Namor is forced him to endure. Life isn't east as a half human Atlantean King and that thought process is explored in depth.Magno helps Namor: The Best Defense #1 separate itself from DC's King of Atlantis, for this take is unique in many ways. The ending really changes everything about Namor and his crusade to unite two kingdoms. More importantly, this ending means the Defenders are that much closer to uniting like Voltron, and I cannot wait until that goes down! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 10, 2018

    Missteps aside Namor: The Best Defense #1 gives readers a pretty good idea of what Zdarsky's incoming Invaders book will be like, but it could have used a bit more of a concrete direction and a clearer art style. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 11, 2018

    Maybe it's the strange undersea locations, maybe it's the arrogance of our hero, but something here feels off, even with strong art and some nice dialogue. Read Full Review

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