otoboke's Fantastic Four #4 - The Coming of the Sub-Mariner! review

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The Coming of the... Sub-Mariner!

Drawing a thin line connecting Marvel’s Golden Age with their current age, Lee and Kirby break down more walls and expand the space between their borders once more by infusing backstory from decades prior into its weaving. So not only do we have characters that exist within our real world New York who share a less than perfect relationship with each other that develops over time, but we can look forward to seeing villains and other backing characters in more than just a single issue. Again, it’s nothing we think twice about these days, but back in 1962, this was by no means commonplace thinking or formula.

Luckily however, Lee was all about switching things up to get ahead on the game, and he does that here not just by rethinking concepts, but also by telling a pretty good story to boot. The first of its kind, actually, since the Four were born six months prior—this re-introduction to the Sub-Mariner is great stuff that mixes pathos with some interesting character conflicts (Sue and Namor for one goes against all conventions) that point towards a brighter future. Great reading.

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