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Marvel Knights 4 #8

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Jim Muniz and Mark Morales

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Truth be told I'd had thought the whole Reed/Sue/Namor love triangle idea had pretty much been tapped out quite some time ago, as Namor looked to have accepted the idea that Sue's heart belonged to another. With this in mind this issue felt like a bit of a step backwards and Namor comes across as a bit of a tool for deciding to take advantage of the recent misfortunes that have befallen the team, and he certainly doesn't help his cause by displaying some decidedly old-fashioned attitudes about the role that women play. In fact if nothing else this issue is likely to leave Namor's fans (and I'm sure they do exist) disappointed, as the character clearly comes across as a bit of a brute who still holds to the belief that if one beats his chest with enough vigour, the females will be rushing to be at his side.

Of course the final pages of this issue make it clear that Reed's been dumbed down a bit, as surely he's smart enough to realize that Sue is committed to their relationship, and that the only real thing he's accomplishing by battling Namor is to satisfy his baser desires. Still in the end the slugfest happy fan in me is rather pleased by the notion that Reed and Namor look to be going at it in the final pages of this issue, as if nothing else it should make for an interesting display of Reed's power levels, as most times his powers take a back-seat to his intellectual prowess. I also enjoyed the scene where Sue effectively spells out to Namor why she's not about to rush off with him, and I also have to confess that Namor is allowed to make a couple good points, as his response to Sue's admission that she likes teaching, does show a pretty solid understanding of Sue's inner desires.

All good things must come to an end and I guess Steve McNiven's presence on this title should've been something that one had to expect wasn't going to last, though he does provide a pretty solid cover to this issue that nicely spells out the big draw of this issue. As for the art that Jim Muniz provides, I have to say I found it looked a bit rough around the edges, and Namor came across as looking particularly sinister, while Sue spends the latter half of the issue doing an uncanny impression of Medusa and her living hair. I also have to question the over the top reaction shot of the class to Sue's comments after Namor leaves the classroom.



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