I just got my hands on the incredible, yet short-lived, Marvel comic Namor: The First Mutant Issue #1. The second I heard of Namor, who is half Atlantean and half mutant, I HAD to give his comic a read – especially when I learned they threw vampires into the story as well.
“Spinning out of the pages of X-MEN #1, comes a 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.”
Written by Stuart Moore
Art by Ariel Olivetti
Artwork: 4 out of 5
The artwork was hit and miss with me. Some of the panels were absolutely amazing, while others were just blah. I did love how flawlessly the artist captured the underwater feel. This entire first issue takes place under the ocean and you can see that in the way the blood flows through the water or how the character’s hair moves. It was done amazingly. And while I didn’t love the overall look of Namor, I did think the other blue-hued Atlanteans were stunning.
Story: 3.5 out of 5
This first issue was brief and only revealed that Namor was working with the X-Men to take down vampires. His first order of business is to retrieve an item from the Aqueos. The Aqueos are Atlanteans who have been transformed into vampires. They are what won me over in this issue. Monstrous, blue-skinned, underwater blood-drinkers who live in the deepest darkest parts of the ocean. Love! If it wasn’t for them the story would rank much lower. I found the characters in the issue, particularly Namor, to be quite annoying. I had little interest in reading more about them. But the ocean vampires made up for it.
While Issue #1 of Namor: The First Mutant wasn’t the greatest, I still plan on reading the rest of the series, simply because it has SO much potential. I can’t wait to see the land vampires and the X-Men.