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Avengers Gives Namor The Sub-Mariner A New Costume

The Avengers might currently be dealing with Loki and the Dark Celestials in Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness and Paco Medina's The Avengers comic series, but already we know what Earth's Mightiest Heroes's next mission will be in the title.

Thanks to the advance solicits from Marvel's October releases, we now know that Avengers #9 will venture underwater, to Atlantis. It appears as if war is brewing in the submerged kingdom, and the team of superheroes hope to prevent it from erupting. But even more noteworthy than that is the fact that Namor, the Sub-Mariner, will debut a new costume in the issue.

This new outfit is much different than what the King of Atlantis has worn before. In a bid to honor his original look, the Sub-Mariner is back to being bare-chested, but with a key difference: his arms and shoulders are completely covered by a black armor that appears to be crustacean-like. This armor also goes down to his legs and feet, signalling that the character is clearly dressed for combat. His pants, which are yellow and green, once again callback to his original appearance.

To complete the look, Namor also has a sea-shell shoulder strap that works both as a necklace and signature piece. This is a new look for the Sub-Mariner, but one that is also clearly Namor. With his pitchfork in hand, he doesn't appear to be out to make any friends.

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This costume change comes quite soon after Namor received a new outfit courtesy of Jean Grey's X-Men Red team, in order to protect himself and the rest of the mutants from microscopic Sentinels called Sentinites.

But while the X-Men Red costume reflected Namor as part of a team, this new appearance is different -- it represents a change in his mentality. And if the solicit description is anything to go by, it will lead to something major. This isn't just a costume change. It's a statement.

Check out the full solicit below:

AVENGERS #9

  • JASON AARON (W)
  • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
  • Marvel Battle Lines Variant Cover by SUJIN JO
  • MKXX VARIANT COVER BY JG JONES
  • MKXX VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY JG JONES
  • WORLD WAR BELOW!
  • With the underwater world on the brink of war, the Avengers go aquatic to save the day, but air-breathers are no longer welcome in the undersea city of Atlantis. And Namor, the Sub-Mariner, lord of the seven seas, has a bold new plan that will change the balance of power on Earth forever.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Avengers #9 hits store shelves this October.

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