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Subj: Re: Does It Make Sense For Namor To Join Either The X-Men Or An X-Team? He Might Not Be The Best Fit.
Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 at 06:01:53 am EST (Viewed 246 times)
Reply Subj: Does It Make Sense For Namor To Join Either The X-Men Or An X-Team? He Might Not Be The Best Fit.
Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 at 01:00:08 am EST (Viewed 267 times)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Also from me.

    Namor joined the X-Men during Fraction's run (Now that I think about it, when and why did he leave?), and it seems that he'll be joining another X-team soon. Thinking about it though, I'm not really sure if this makes sense. Yes, Namor was the first mutant, but he's not exactly what you would call a team player.

Calling Namor the first mutant was just a sales pitch during the 1980s when Marvel thought they could gain more attention for him (also for Cloak and Dagger) by retroactively declaring them mutants and thereby tying them to what at the time was Marvel's top-selling franchise. Within the Marvel Universe Wolverine, Mystique, Destiny, Apocalypse and probably a few more are all older than Namor.

    I don't really see him caring all that much about either man or mutantkind. He's too antisocial to really be a team player, and most of the time he just seems to want to be left alone. He also seems to go through periods (Probably because there's no consistent characterization with him. Magneto and Lady Deathstrike seem to have this problem as well.) where he's a borderline villain. I just don't think that he's a good fit and that maybe he shouldn't become a regular part of the X-Universe. What do you guys think?

Namor may not be much of a team player, but that is true of a lot of X-Men etc., e.g. 1970s Wolverine, Thunderbird I, Sunfire, Northstar, Magneto etc. etc. And Namor actually does not have that bad a record as a team member, having served on the Invaders and the Defenders before he joined the X-Men. The problems that he had were also sometimes preconditioned by him being the ruler of Atlantis, as Atlantis has differnent interests than surface-dwellers both mutant and non-mutant.

Namor has been a morally "grey" character from the beginning and would occasionally wage war on the surface world ever since the Golden Age. Some people say that that is what set Timely/Atlas/Marvel apart from the rest of the superhero field since the 1930s, that their heroes weren't always sterling examples of rectitude but had a dark side.

Well, looks like he's going to be part of X-Men Red, a title I don't intend to read, so for me the matter is mostly academic...

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