Namor’s Gambit In Invaders #5

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Namor the Sub-Mariner continues to reflect on his time fighting in World War Two as Captain America checks on the Winter Soldier. Thankfully, the bullet that hit his head was a blank, but it still has briefly put him out of commission. Cap contacts the Torch to get him to come to the naval base and try to get information out of the admiral; Steve himself is linking up with the Avengers. On the Torch’s way to the base, he is intercepted and attacked by Namor and Atlantean soldiers. The Avengers are sent to make sure no missiles come out of Atlantis.

Invaders #5 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Invaders #5 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Invaders #5 continues to escalate the possible coming conflict between Atlantis and the United States. Namor’s plans are beginning to unfold, and he’s more openly attacking the Invaders. Worse yet, his mental state seems to be deteriorating rapidly.

Cap still believes that he can calm Namor and keep this from coming to open war, but it’s seeming more unlikely.

I’m a little disappointed that Bucky seems to be continuously taken off the table in this story, but, hopefully, we’ll get more Winter Soldier soon.

Despite how openly hostile and cruel his actions seem, there’s something really compelling about Namor’s madness in this comic. He’s as dedicated and convinced as ever before to have this war, and he’s always been one of the best anti-heroes Marvel has had. That said, Chip Zdarsky seems intent on having Namor as a villain, and it seems hard to pull the Sub-Mariner back from this brink.

Steve’s intent on a peaceful resolution is compelling too. As always, Cap is a great lead to a comic.

Invaders #5 art by Butch Guice. Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Invaders #5 art by Butch Guice. Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Carlos Magno and Butch Guice split the artwork on this comic again, with Guice handling the brief flashback and Magno giving us the artwork in the present. Magno and Guice do wonderful work as always, and the battle we get between the Torch and Namor looks fantastic. Alex Guimarães’ color work is bright and pops well throughout.

Invaders #5 is another strong issue for this series. The conflict is getting more tense, and the stakes continue to rise. The artwork from Magno, Guice, and Guimarães is fantastic to boot.This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

Invaders #5 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Carlos Magno and Butch Guice, color artist Alex Guimarães, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, and cover artist Guice with Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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