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Namor: The First Mutant - Curse of the Mutants TPB Review

Written by GLX on Saturday, April 09 2011 and posted in Reviews

GLX reviews Namor: The First Mutant - Curse of the Mutants.

Writer - Stuart Moore
Artists - Ariel Olivetti, Fernando Blanco and Andres Guinaldo
Colorists - Ariel Olivetti, Andrew Crossley and Rachel Rosenberg

It seems that vampires have taken over fiction. Some of them are vampire detectives, Cajun vampires and even sparkling vampires. Namor: The First Mutant - Curse of the Mutants throws their own kind of vampires into the mix - the Aqeuos (aka underwater vampires). The concept is bizarre, but Stuart Moore keeps it from falling apart.

He gives the vampires a decent sense of menace, but not enough to carry over into future stories. They some interesting elements to them, including a blinding ritual for new vampires. The characterization and plot simply move along without making a connection to the reader. They simply play their roles. Still, Moore's writing lends itself to a cool art piece or two.

Speaking of the art, Ariel Olivetti handles the bulk of the art. Though there are times in which the art feels a bit synthetic, Olivetti does a nice job with Moore's scripts. The characters are consistently depicted, the action moves nicely and the colors are appropriate. Fernando Blanco and Andrew Crossley handle a flashback scene. While Blanco's work is stylized, the art in the scene is bland. Andres Guinaldo's work is a bit bland, itself. It lacks a certain artistic flair to it, but it's actually better than Olivetti at making the underwater environment more believable. Rachel Rosenberg's colors enhance Guinaldo's work with sharp, bright, yet appropriate colors.

Namor: The First Mutant - Curse of the Mutants is not a great tale; but it's far from bad. Moore's script moves along and the art is good at best; and average at worst. Still, this is not worth a purchase.

6.1* out of 10*

Written or Contributed by: GLX

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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



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