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Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner, Vol. 1

(Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner #1)

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Namor the Sub-Mariner -- monarch of the mighty, sunken empire Atlantis -- strives to balance his fiery temper with his responsibilities of state. Ruling from his undersea throne, Namor's foremost concern is the welfare of his subjects. But on occasion, he rises from the depths to defend all humanity The hybrid offspring of Princess Fen of Atlantis and an American seaman, ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published January 14th 2004 by Marvel Comics Group
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Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
3.5 stars.

So, this was interesting. I don't know a ton about Namor's history. I've read little bits and pieces during the Civil War event and I follow some fans on twitter that post interesting panels. He's always been a character I wanted to know more about.

Namor is similar to T'Challa in that he doesn't trust outside influences in his kingdom. He's slightly similar to Erik in that I understand why he hates the humans so much. That being said, he is still very much his own character. He is
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Chris Otto
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This is probably just for die-hard fans. Late Silver/Early Bronze is my favorite era of Marvel comics. These Imperius Rex tales get a little redundant, though. Submariner gets either his woman or his kingdom stolen from him, and then goes ballistic in the most alpha-male way possible. His narcissism and failure to ever approach a problem at an intellectual level gets a little tiresome by the end of the volume, especially given how many "misunderstandings" drive the plot. Also, for
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Max Driffill
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I should have finished this way back in the summer but I misplaced it and when I found it again I was hip deep in Incredible Hulk Marvel Masterworks. Also, if I’m being honest, as anti-heroes go. I prefer Hulk to Namor. Hulk can be excused for a lot of his lack of social graces because he is perpetually confused and people are always attacking him. Hulk also does often want to help people. Namor is mostly just an arrogant jerk. Oh sure, his main nemesis in this volume is a covetous, traitorous ...more
Fraser Sherman
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was at the lower end of Stan Lee's Silver Age work, though the Gene Colan art (the Adam Austin of the early stories is Colan using a pseudonym) is always a treat. We open with Namor hiring Matt Murdock to represent him in a legal battle (a really good story), then shift to an arc in which Namor proves his fitness to rule by recovering an ancient McGuffin. More stories, and crossovers with Hulk and Iron Man follow.
The biggest weakness in this run is Dorma, surely one of the worst of Lee's
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Ralph Wark
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice walk down memory lane

I always liked the Submariner, interesting character, nice mythos, prince of Atlantis, and this collection was a nice review of his stories in the 60's. And the artists! Gene Colan,Jack Kirby, Bill Everett, and I had forgotten about Adam Austin. Great visuals, unfortunately the storytelling was quintessential 60's - a bit hackneyed, which really shows when you binge read the book.

Let's see, Namor is proud, defiant and Noble, someome betrays him, and the surface
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R.b.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sub-Mariner by the greatest Marvel creators!

Some of Marvel's greatest artists are in this collection. Gene Colon, Jack Kirby and Subby's creator, Bill Everett,
are part of this volume. You'll get to see first hand how the character was updated for the 1960's. Stan Lee knew this character was worth saving for Marvel's then new age of heroes. He became an anti-hero and a villain when he guest appeared in other comics. He was the king of Atlantis but felt mankind ruined the ocean he and his people
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L.  (I've hit 900)
Namor had a distinctive look all his own when he first debuted. A look he sort of loses in this collection until original illustrator Bill Everett returns to show 'em how it's done. One thing the Sub-Mariner didn't lose was his tendency to be an A-hole. Yeah, that's still there.
Tara Calaby
I don't always enjoy the early Sub-Mariner plots, but I like him so much that it tends to make up for it.
Rich Meyer
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent volume in the Marvel Masterworks series, but probably not for everyone. Besides brief appearances by Iron Man and Daredevil, there's not a lot of connection to the regular Marvel Universe. And there's a lot of reading - you know, actual reading - so that might be off-putting to a lot of modern readers.

Great stories and some fantastic artwork by Gene Colan and Bill Everett, including Everett inking Colan. Unfortunately, most of the first few stories are inked by Vince Colletta,
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Alex Lee
Not a bad collection. Out of a very vague characterization, Marvel is able to eek out a greater personality who is slowly built out fighting injustices even if they were to belong to mermaids and mermen. In this sense, this is a pretty outlandish book, although it does serve as more connective tissue to bind together a greater Marvel universe. Still, the stories were somewhat increasingly more involved so that as we go farther down the issues, the Sub-Mariner is able to become more himself. In ...more
Scott
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
These half-length stories function even more like chapters than other issues of the time, making forva surprisingly goodvread, although the omission of the Iron Man story from Tales of Suspense #80 makes more an annoying jump. Hank and Jane come back briefly to the pages of Astonish, then drop out, resuming their place in the Avengers with #26. Colan's art is tough to recognize under Colletta's inks, but Namor's creator Bill Everett brings it to a higher level before taking over for an issue of ...more
Jesse
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Definitely the wordiest of the Silver Age stuff I have read... Namor is not a character I ever particularly connected with, but this TPB was in a stack I got at a charity auction, so I thought, what the hell... A unique and interesting addition to the Marvel U. Not really a superhero comic at all, it had more in common with Gilgamesh or the Odyssey than an issue of Web of Spiderman. A little repetitive and corny, but a fun history lesson with cameos by Daredevil and Iron Man.
Colin
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm reading this again for the third time. I adore the quest for trident, a multi-issue story arc. Other reviews are correct, it's a pretty self centered collection with few forays into the rest of the Marvel universe, but still worth the read. Be aware there are a variety of versions of the cover so go by the volume number on the spine.
Emily
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is my first real introduction to the Sub-Mariner and it is clear that the character has changed a lot over the years. It was fun to read how the character interacted with other characters in the DC universe and get an idea of some early origins.
Edward Davies
I've never been a big fan of Namor the Sub-Mariner, but this was a solid collection that kept me hooked issue to issue. It's great fun to see that even a character I've never been overly fond of can come up with some amazing stories. This is a must read fro Marvel fans!
Marco
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kein Wunder, dass ich den für 1,45 auf Ebay gekriegt habe. Aber dafür hat man stundenlang was zu lesen. Auch wenn man sich immer wieder fragt, warum man das tut... ...more
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) was an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing
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