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1296: Sub-Mariner #37 (v1)

" The Way To Dusty Death "
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Sub-Mariner #37 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1971
Release Date: February 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 244                 Times Rated: 160
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Namor attempts to force Llyra to tell him the location of Dorma. After the ex-empress escapes, Atlantis is besieged by Attuma, and an unexpected ally of the barbarian is revealed to the Prince of Atlantis.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Sub-Mariner #38 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lady Dorma
Lady Dorma last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Lady Dorma next appears in Sub-Mariner #38 (v1). Lady Dorma dies in this issue.
  Lord Vashti
Lord Vashti last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Lord Vashti next appears in Sub-Mariner #38 (v1).
Karthon last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Karthon next appears in Saga of the Sub-Mariner #10.
Ikthon last appeared in Sub-Mariner #35 (v1). Ikthon next appears in Sub-Mariner #38 (v1).
Proteus last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1).
Attuma last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Attuma next appears in Defenders #7 (v1).
Llyra last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Llyra next appears in Sub-Mariner #43 (v1).
Worta last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Worta next appears in Defenders #7 (v1).
Group Appearances
Atlanteans last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Atlanteans next appears in Sub-Mariner #38 (v1).
Lemurians last appeared in Sub-Mariner #36 (v1). Lemurians next appears in Avengers Annual #17a.
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Issue Review
   April 16, 2013
This issue had the potential to be a really great story arc, but for me, it fell short. There was way too much going on and the magnitude of the events seemed to be watered down to fit it all in to the pages of one issue.

The writers did a lot of things right. First, they completely nullified the idea that Llyra could have any claim to the throne when Proteus speaks up about the traditions and laws of Atlantis. Ikthon becoming a traitor was not something I saw coming. He was one of Namorís most trusted advisors. The death of Dorma could also have drastic consequences, though I canít say Iím too sad to see her go. She was always disobeying direct orders and got herself in trouble quite a bit.

Overall, the pacing seemed way to broken. Attuma breaking into Atlantis and fighting Namor, briefly, seemed way too contrived. I understand they put it in there to show the Sub-Marinerís fury at having his bride accosted, but they could have displayed this while he battled Llyraís minions or the crab, or even by having Namor beat Ikthon senseless. Instead, by placing Attuma into battle with Namor, it threw the whole issue off for me. I gave this issue a 3/5 stars.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-01-15 12:41:23  
  Finally, a good Sub-Mariner run.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-08-20 09:32:10  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-24 17:53:57  
  Real nice story line  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2013-03-16 16:43:03  
  Roy Thomas at his best. I came into this expecting to like it and it still exceeded my expectations. They got Namor's characterization perfectly in a non-standard storyline, and in his own way, Namor conveys real emotion the likes of which are seldom seen in Marvel outside of Spider-Man.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-06-30 10:19:30  
  I was really impressed by the last couple issues. Well done!  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-28 10:09:47  
  Gah, LEECHES! Ack!  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 21:02:56  
  For the 1st time, I cared about what happened to Namor.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-24 21:30:21  
  Holy crapsnacks! Didn't expect this :(  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-23 08:02:03  
  That came out of nowhere, but really, I should have known. Superheroes aren't usually allowed to have permanent relationships, so of course no love for Namor. Great issue.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-09 16:03:41  
  Definitely best Namor story so far, one of the best overall in the order so far. But I had to take one star away. It was a rollicking action adventure and I was completely into it, until Namor faced his most deadly foe: leeches. *sigh*
One of the few covers that was truly honest about the stakes within the issue.

  skerit Says:    
  2015-02-13 16:24:39  
  Gwen Stacy this, Gwen Stacy that... But I had no idea this was coming.  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2015-03-15 08:37:30  
  Overall a good arc and definitely didn't see the Dorma thing coming, but 2 things I'm not buying:
1. Ikthon as a traitor. That was a little too convenient with no indications that he was before this.
2. When Llyra was downed in ish 32, she changes back to Laurie. Why would her mother not have kept her on life support as Laurie or how did she change back to Llyra to be put on life support?

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-22 12:21:02  
  3 stars for what we all secretly wanted to happen!!!

Proteus - Okay, so this should be his last appearance!

Contrived - @sbcolt15: I agree about Ikthon. He was a good supporting character for Namor!!

'Nuff Said - "--the first female to feel my anger shall be--my wife!"-Namor

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-02-21 18:51:27  
  Strong, emotional ending - perhaps the most I've cared about a character so far in the order besides the important Spider-Man issues. Also, I did not suspect Ikthon at all to betray Namor...  

  g2thet Says:    
  2016-03-30 19:52:04  
  Was not expecting that. RIP Dorma, you will be missed! 4 Stars!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-07 04:31:11  
  At least Dorma goes out at her best and being one of the only female characters in the Order so far to do anything to help not only herself, but the hero.  

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2017-01-18 00:32:26  
  On a serious note, probably my favorite Namor issue yet. 4 stars. But, when I saw Namor cure the crabs Llyra gave him, with his mighty rage and awesome anger, I wished I could give it 10 stars. I had to settle for 5, and I'm not usually a big fan of Namor.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-11 20:51:09  
  What a story. Action, tension, betrayal, and heartbreak. Easily the best issue of Namor since his 1962 revival.

It ended up being the best way for Dorma to go out....by saving the life of the man she loves. It sucked to see her constantly be the damsel in distress, but now that story trope is gone, and with it the worry of striking at Namor through her. It was kind of fun to see Llyra all pissed off when her plan was thwarted via a loophole.

4 stars. Those dang leeches sucked away one star from what should've been a 5-star epic.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-10-18 11:52:28  
  Proteus, way to show some logic. Namor and Llyra are not married. I didn't expect that.

Dorma is dead. This is sad.

I must wonder if this will be like Janice Cord or George Stacy, or will she be revived in a few issues.

I liked Dorma and she will be missed.

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added Worta to the issue.
   March 15, 2016 fragsel Added Proteus to the issue.
   March 15, 2016 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   March 2, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Llyra.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Karthon.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Added Lemurians to the issue.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Ikthon.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Lord Vashti.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Attuma.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Lady Dorma.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Sub-Mariner.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Added Atlanteans to the issue.
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