The Fate Of Namor’s Soul In Invaders #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

We flashback to a battle between the Invaders and the Nazis in Eisenach, Germany. The battle is pitched and abruptly ended when the Allies bomb the town. The Invaders make it out, but they didn’t have time to evacuate the citizens. In the present, Namor’s chemical bomb goes off in an American coastal city, and people begin choking. The bomb is turning them into Atlanteans, and they need water to breathe. Iron Man is ready to go after Namor, but Captain America wants Tony to focus on saving the people. Plus, Steve is still reluctant to bring down Namor.

Invaders #6 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Invaders #6 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Invaders #6 brings the series’ first arc to a climax, as Namor enacts his attack on the United States.

One of the most interesting qualities of Invaders #6 finale to its “War Ghosts” story is how it doesn’t really have an ending. This is a little more spoiler-y than I usually like to get in a review, but the ending is more of a status quo change for Marvel at large. Cap, Bucky, and the Torch wanted to redeem Namor before he did something too drastic.

Well, that failed.

Namor set off his chemical weapon, and he fundamentally changed the biology of 3,000 people. That’s not exactly something that can just be forgiven.

Like most good comics, it leaves me curious for the issues to come. I want to see how this will affect the Invaders as well as the wider Marvel Universe.

Invaders #6 art by Butch Guice, Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Invaders #6 art by Butch Guice, Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Carlos Magno and Butch Guice once again split the artwork of this issue, with Guice covering the art in flashbacks and Magno rendering the present. It continues to look great, and both artists know how to imbue a gritty aesthetic into the environment. Alex Guimarães’ color art gives the right atmosphere while still giving extra shots of contrasting color as a good superhero comic should have.

Invaders #6 is another stellar issue from Chip Zdarsky, Carlos Magno, and Butch Guice. This ending isn’t complete; it’s disquieting, off-putting, and leaves you feeling a little cold–and I’m here for it. Mix a great story with great artwork, and you have a comic well worth recommending. Feel free to give this one a read.

Invaders #6 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 Butch Guice with Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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