Issue(s): Sub-Mariner #57
Starr is, of course, Venus...
...and Ares also does not like that she is leading anti-war protests (plus he's in love with her)...
...so Venus enlists Namor to help fight him. By keeping the battle under the sea, Namor is able to prevail against Ares.
Everett drew Venus' series for a while in the Golden Age, so it's nice to see him have a chance to revisit her. The story is largely corny, but there are interesting bits touching on the Vietnam war, and especially Namorita's dismissal of democracy.
While Namorita's skepticism of the concept is partially based on how she sees it abused in America, it's mainly because she has grown up accepting the concept of monarchy, and indeed her idol and cousin Namor is a monarch, so she has no special attachment to democracy. This idea had a lot of potential, but of course this isn't meant to be a primarily political comic.
There's nothing here to support or contradict the idea that the Venus appearing in these stories is actually a Siren and not the Roman goddess (as revealed much later in the Agents of Atlas series). Ares clearly believes she's the real deal but that doesn't really mean anything.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Sub-Mariner comics are compressed a bit due to his Defenders appearances.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
interesting on the monarchy/democracy debate. i didnt think marvel ever said anything against democracy.
Posted by: Kveto from Prague | September 28, 2011 5:23 PM
It seems you're misreading Namorita's comments. If she truly supported monarchy, she'd surely side with the police, rather than those challenging the government and authority.
I know what you mean about the monarchies in Marvel, kveto. They always pushed that someone even more despotic wanted to take over. I'd have loved to see Krang concoct a "plan" where he takes power by saying that he wants to see Atlantis opened up to democratic elections and constitutionalism...
Posted by: ChrisKafka | May 9, 2014 10:52 PM
Its a story i always wanted to see in the black panther, eg the people of wakanda pushing for democratic reforms and possibly seeing a hero go against the idea of democracy
And then came Ta-Nehisi Coates's Black Panther series.....
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 6, 2017 5:46 PM
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