Issue(s): ROM #34, ROM #35
Carrying her, he then takes flight over the ocean. He's soon attacked by strange sea monsters.
Prince Namor is also investigating the sea monsters, and after rescuing Sybil with a giant fish-bubble (which takes her to Wraith-infested Atlantis)...
...he and ROM team-up to fight the creatures, which are being created by the Dire Wraiths. They even awaken an old foe of Namor's.
He was called the Seaweed Man in his original appearances but Mantlo has the decency to rename him the Ancient Sleeper here. Although, to be fair, it is a giant man made of seaweed.
ROM and the Sub-Mariner chase away all the Wraiths...
...and Sybil is somehow converted into an Atlantean and left to stay in Atlantis.
I stumbled across a fun review of these issues and thought i should link to it.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Must take place after the Sub-Mariner returns to this dimension after Defenders #115. Here he is clearly surveying his kingdom after a long time away in another dimension.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showROM, Seaweed Man, Sub-Mariner, Sybil (Atlantean), Vashti
The panels with Sybil being placed in the Bubble Fish are repeated twice.
(Y'know, weird fish are sort of Namor's utility belt. He has one for every occasion.)
Posted by: Gary Himes | October 30, 2014 11:50 PM
Posted by: fnord12 | October 31, 2014 7:29 AM
I don't know if there's a connection, but back in Marvel Mystery Comics #12, Namor's people devised a machine to transform a human into one of them.
Posted by: Mortificator | March 28, 2016 11:43 PM
I like that there was no misunderstanding fight - Namor and Rom naturally started working together. Craziest part though was that Namor and Rom stood around yakking about what to do while the monster walked all the way to Atlantis and fought with the Atlanteans for a few pages before Rom and Namor decided to come save them.
Posted by: Jake | July 9, 2017 4:19 PM
@Jake That's something I expected when I first bought these issues nearly 35 years ago (Can't believe it's been that long, I was 12 with 13 in the headlights!): the obligatory misunderstanding tussle, expected since Namor can be so volatile and wary of strange, non-aquatic beings. Was glad to see Mantlo, of all writers, going against the grain there. Also notable that Rom and Subby both spoke in the Shakespearian style, eschewing "Yes" for "Aye". Also showing the diversity of the Wraiths in searching out non-surface-based targets.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | July 9, 2017 4:57 PM
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