Namor’s Bloody War And the Strongest Issue Yet: Avengers #9

by Josh Davison

Tiger Shark attacks a cruise liner off the coast of the Bahamas, but he finds it defended by aquatic armored hero, Stingray. The two fight in the ocean but are interrupted by Namor, the Sub-Mariner and Emperor of Atlantis. He issues an ultimatum to both men to join him or stay out of the ocean. Stingray denies it. We then jump back a few days as the Avengers ride out into the ocean to have a meeting with Namor about a recent attack on Atlanteans by a Roxxon whaling boat.

Avengers #9 cover by David Marquez and Marcio Menyz
Avengers #9 cover by David Marquez and Marcio Menyz

Avengers by Jason Aaron is a series that has been giving me mixed feelings. Interesting and out-there storytelling and a solid team lineup have been held back by slow pacing, spotty and overabundant text, and other smaller problems.

That said, I am an Avengers aficionado and stuck to this series. Thankfully Avengers #9 delivers a grand gem in this otherwise decent-but-flawed series.

Namor is the POV character of this issue, and we join him on the brink of a new grand crusade to save Atlantis and strike back at the surface world for its crimes. His complaints aren’t invalid, and Namor has been a reliably compelling fixture in the Marvel Universe. He is no different here.

His battle with the Avengers is creative, downright cool, and shows how much stronger the Sub-Mariner is now.

Avengers #9 art by David Marquez and Justin Ponsor
Avengers #9 art by David Marquez and Justin Ponsor

David Marquez, one of the strongest artistic talents at modern Marvel, makes this another beautiful issue of the Avengers. Each character is given a regal and impressive treatment, and the battle sequences are impactful. Justin Ponsor delivers gorgeous color work that immerses the reader in the underwater battleground of the comic.

Avengers #9 is a brilliant installment of Marvel’s premiere super-team book. Namor is back and badder than ever, and he is kicking off a new war to save his home from the rest of the world forever. Mix that with some brilliant artwork, and you have a must-read book. I highly recommend picking it up.

Avengers #9 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist David Marquez, color artist Justin Ponsor, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artists David Marquez with Marcio Menyz, and variant cover artists JG Jones and Jong-Ju Kim.

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