Super-Villain Team-Up #9
Issue(s): Super-Villain Team-Up #9
Tamara and the Hydrobase amphibians help Doom when they hear the Avengers say that they are there to fight Namor.
Meanwhile Namor and Shroud, caught by the fake Doom at the circus, find out that "Doom" is really Prince Rudolfo.
Rudolfo gives Namor a vial of the antidote that Doom created to cure Namor's inability to breathe out of water.
Shroud decides to stay and help Rudolfo fight his rebellion against Doom's army, but Namor wants nothing to do with that. As he's leaving the country, he runs into some Russian fighter pilots, who, after a little altercation, warn him that Attuma is running amok again. Namor heads to Hydrobase, despite the fact that he will die out of water without the next dose of Doom's serum.
Beast shows up at the Whizzer's hospital room and recruits Whizzer and Wonder Man to come with him to fight Attuma.
The red-skinned alien Tamara that has been hanging out with Namorita briefly wonders if the Vision, who has red skin like her, is one of her people.
This issue keeps referring to Namorita as Namor's sister, not his cousin. She even calls him "my big brother". I guess they're so close they feel more like brother and sister than cousins.
Stiffly written and stiffly drawn by yet another new creative team. Jim Shooter's art isn't terrible, but there are a lot of awkward moments, especially in the action scenes.
Adding the scene that William refers to below. This happens before the Avengers attack and Tamara and Namorita go back to siding with Namor against them.
The shadowy figure looks like the Red Skull, who we know has also employed a spy to investigate Doom's kingdom, per this scene:
The Red Skull will be revealed as the "orbiter" next issue, after the crossover with the Avengers continues in Avengers #155-156.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Part of a cross-over with the Avengers; takes place between Avengers #154 and #155
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAttuma, Beast, Captain America, Dr. Doom, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Namorita, Prince Rudolfo, Princess Python, Scarlet Witch, Shroud, Sub-Mariner, Tamara Rahn, Vision, Wasp, Whizzer, Wonder Man
Shooter might have developed as an artist. It's better than Mark Gruenwald's art, I'll say that. (Gruenwald's Hulk issue was too poster-like, IMO.) Still, it's probably best he stuck to writing/editing.
Posted by: Dan Spector | February 3, 2013 8:10 AM
Who was the shadowy "Client" that was on Doom's wrist TV screen?
Posted by: Willliam Quinter | October 14, 2013 3:59 PM
I've added the scan William refers to above. It might be the Red Skull, who was maybe working multiple angles as part of his takeover of Latveria for next issue, but the MCP doesn't list the Skull as appearing in this issue.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 14, 2013 4:57 PM
Thank you for adding those scans! Red Skull, that makes sense
Posted by: William Quinter | October 17, 2013 8:03 PM
Shooter's art isn't horrible. The bigger problem with it is that it's an Avengers team-up, which means Shooter's art comes between George Perez and George Perez, and even early Perez is eons better, so it makes Shooter's pencils look worse. Also, it may be a difference in scans, but the inking seems a lot better on Avengers as well.
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 20, 2015 11:35 AM
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