Characters Appearing: Misty Knight, Namorita
Marvel Comics Presents #155-158 (Namorita)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #155, Marvel Comics Presents #156, Marvel Comics Presents #157, Marvel Comics Presents #158 (Namorita story only)
"New Warriors Solo" sounds like a placeholder name for an ongoing feature where the various New Warriors characters would eventually all get arcs. Following this arc, there will be another New Warriors feature, and it does only feature three of the New Warriors (Speedball, Rage, and Turbo), and then there will be a Turbo story. So it does seem like "New Warriors Solo" (or semi-solo) was a deliberate ongoing feature. But it ends after those. Which makes sense since three other New Warriors already had solo books at that point (minis or ongoings).
Namorita is four hours late to a lunch meeting with Misty Knight at Oracle, but as she's flying there, she's attacked by a helicopter.
Despite losing her temper, Namorita manages to prevent the helicopter - which turns out to be automated and unoccupied - from crashing into people below. As she's explaining the situation to the police, she's again attacked, this time by someone in a mech suit.
In fact, it turns out there are several people in mech suits and she's defeated and captured. She's brought to a Mother Matrix.
Namorita is being held in a vat of "Hydro-P" which is a type of "anti-water" invented by "the government" after "the Atlantean invasion" (Namor's first Silver Age attack on New York? Atlantis Attacks?).
Mother Matrix wants Namorita for her womb, to make super-babies.
Namorita manages to escape and re-hydrate herself using the sprinkler system in Mother Matrix's headquarters, which turns out to be a submarine. She fights another mech-suit, but the tides change (ha ha) when she floods the submarine. But Mother Matrix escapes.
Ed Lazellari repeatedly shows Namorita losing her temper or overly enjoying the violence she's engaged in, which is an element of the Kymaera persona that is more emphasized here than what i've seen in the New Warriors book. Lazellari also sets up the possibility that Mother Matrix has the ability to restore Kymaera to her Namorita form, making her a potential repeat villain. But Mother Matrix won't appear again.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Namorita becomes blue and starts using the name Kymaera. Namorita wonders if Misty Knight will recognize her, so this is the first time they meet while Namorita is blue. The MCP place this between New Warriors #46-47 and before Namor #49.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Is that an Armored Trooper from VOTOMS?
Posted by: D09 | April 18, 2018 3:01 PM
It was bad enough that New Warriors turned Namor's spunky little cousin into some unrecognizable, cold, Amazonian giant, but then they had to give her the hideous blue fish makeover on top of it.
Gawd, the 90s were wretched.
Posted by: Bob | April 18, 2018 7:44 PM
Kymaera - because poor literacy is KEWL
Posted by: iLegion | April 18, 2018 9:04 PM
So how many more references to mecha anime/manga can you guys spot in past issues on this site? (Not counting the Shogun Warriors toyline and the reference I just noticed in this issue)
Posted by: D09 | April 18, 2018 9:33 PM
I was a huge MCP fan, but all these years later I couldn't remember a single thing about this serial before I read fnord's synopsis. The only thing about this serial that actually made an impression on me was the Namorita cover to #156 by Colin MacNeil, which was actually very lovely...
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 18, 2018 9:58 PM
In case anybody is confused to as what I was talking about in my previous comment, take a look at the third picture from the top and see if that mech suit rings any bells?
Posted by: D09 | July 10, 2018 10:20 PM
Yes, that's pretty clearly an ATM-09-ST Scopedog: http://www.mahq.net/mecha/votoms/atvotoms/atm-09-st.htm
Posted by: Andrew | July 11, 2018 7:48 AM
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