Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Lee Garbett
Inks byDavid Meikis
Colors by John Rauch
You don't see this sort of book that often these days. A team book where everyone gets a few pages to shine and all contribute something different and valued to the story. A story that covers plenty of ground, physically and emotionally, and is nicely paced and plotted. Cullen Bunn gives everyone their own unique voice and actions. Loa is the spontaneous girl still enjoying new experiences in heroing. Lyra is the more reserved warrior, ready to defend the weaker sex. Strange says Strange like things in a roundabout manner and Namor is still his direct, arrogant self. Plus Bunn's story feels organic, not like set up for something else. The art is dynamic with clear sequential panels. Lee Garbett isn't one of the painterly, or glossy photo ref artists, but he does what many of them can't. He captures a real expression like nobody's business, and gives all the characters a full measure of emotions that is wonderful.
In a nice hero shot, the newest iteration of the Defenders are standing together, facing an oncoming wave of attacking creatures. These are the next panels.
And Doctor Strange perfectly captures my feeling about this book. Fear Itself The Deep reminds of the days of solid writing, solid art, and, as Loa says, a "so cool" ending that leaves me eagerly looking forward to the next issue. Well done, Mr. Bunn and Mr. Garbett!
From the preview, you know that Attuma, now transformed into the Worthy Nerkkod, Breaker of Oceans, delivers a major smack down on Namor, the Atlanteans, and New Atlantis. Namor actually has to ... I can't believe I'm having to type this ... flee the scene, dragged off by Loa. Clearly Namor needs help, and the X-Men, like everyone else, are too busy to help, so he calls on his old buddy Doctor Strange to gather the Defenders. If you've read Defenders Indefensible, you know exactly why Namor needs Doctor Strange to do the gathering. This time, however, Strange uses a spell, which goes slightly awry and delivers Lyra, the She-Hulk, instead of her father. And just in time, as Attuma's generals (and it was good to see some familiar faces) have used some initiative, and sent hordes of demon sea creatures to finish off Namor. A battle ensues, where we learn something is definitely wrong with the Sub-Mariner. spoilers:
end of spoilers Fortunately, Namor has friends in high places.
I suspect that Attuma / Nerkkod was doing more than whispering sweet taunts in Namor's ear, and the Avenging Son won't be doing much avenging if he's afraid of hitting anything!
I'm not familiar with Aradnea. Anyone have any info on her?
I can't say I've seen him drinking but once before, but Namor doesn't mess around when he wants to drown his sorrows in alcohol. My goodness that's a HUGE tankard of beer.
My only complaints ... it's another of the 20 page books for $2.99. While Bunn uses them efficiently and to great effect, I certainly wouldn't have minded having two more pages dealing with Attuma's generals and the plight of the Atlanteans. I'm not exactly sure how Attuma destroys New Atlantis, without destroying Utopia directly above it, either.
Entirely my own personal pet peeve ... Apparently, crossing your arms over your chest is THE thing to do if you live in the oceans ... and have arms ... and a chest. Unless, of course, you're a woman.