I'm thinking of picking up the Byrne Namor TPB.
Would anyone recommend it?
Are there any other Namor trades worth getting?
Originally Posted by AcesX1X
the byrne run is OK, but kind of loses focus. HOWEVER, jae lee works on the title after and the imagery is stunning! One of my favorite tiger shark renditions. get it!
i also recommend sub-mariner: the depths.
If you like Byrne, yes, the new Namor Visionaries is great and lots of people liked it. The thing is, Byrne tried to make Namor more ... likeable, so he took the edge off Namor, IMO. I did like the idea of Namor Environmental CEO, that was inspired! He does lose focus in the second year, I think, when suddenly there's an awful lot of Iron Fist in the book. Byrne tried a few neat experimental things with the art. There's a great review of Byrne's run here on CBR by Greg Burgas. Comics You Should Own
From that article, a great page with Bryne using DuoTone:
However, like Aces, I loved the Jae Lee / Bob Harras story arc even more. It was graphically cool and the story was more of a dark fantasy. But if you don't like 90s art with bulging muscles and spikes, this may not be for you.
Originally Posted by 42n8s1
Pretty much a Namor noob here.
What about Essential Sub-Mariner, Vol. 1?
Do the stories hold up? Are they lacking in b & w?
Essentials Sub-Mariner Vol. 1 is a mixed basket. The story is more in the fantasy genre, and you get a lot of stuff on the Atlanteans. But it's pretty broadly done, by Stan Lee with some cracktastic fun. If you've ever seen the old Marvel Super Heroes Namor cartoon, this is where they took the images and stories. Gene Colan is great, but they put Vinnie Colletta on him, so ... They botched the colors somewhat for the Marvel Masterworks, so I think the black and white is fine in this case.
Sub-Mariner the Depths is a gripping story with great Esad Ribic art. And his Namor is downright creepy. However, it's an alternate universe Namor and you don't actually get to see much of him in the book.
Ty sir (or ma'am)!
What about the Marvel Masterworks: The Sub-Mariner series?
I see several (hardcover) volumes available on AMZN.
Would you recommend any of these?
My introduction to Namor was the Roy Thomas and John Buscema's Namor, so I'm a big fan. And those issues were reprinted in Marvel Masterworks volume 3. Tiger Shark is introduced in this book.
Volume 4 was also some great stuff, but with more artists. I think Marie Severin handled the bulk of the issues, but I know Gene Colan did some and John Buscema too. The Serpent Crown is introduced in this book.