Fantastic Four #149

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August 1974
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To LOVE, HONOR and DESTROY!

As Namor, Sue Richards, and an Atlantean warrior stand on the back of a giant sea monster, Namor angrily declares that he will invade the surface world. He wants revenge for the evil that Reed Richards has done to Sue and her son, he continues. Ben Grimm watches the Sub-Mariner and his monsters swim upriver, and he declares that Namor "means business." Reed is furious, for not only has Namor stolen his wile, he is flaunting it in Reed's face. Medusa suggests that perhaps there is some other explanation for Namor's actions, but Reed tells her to stay out of his affairs. Johnny and Ben decide to take Reed's side against Namor, but Medusa says that something is bothering her about the way Namor is acting; and she walks away. Soon Reed, Ben, Johnny, and Thundra take the Fantasticar and head off to battle Namor. At the-same time, Namor commands the Atlantean warrior to drive the sea monster onto the shore. As the lumbering creature crushes a dock, a group of riot control police opens fire. Just as Sue erects a force field to protect herself and Namor from the bullets. The Fantasticar flies up and Reed stretches out toward Namor, angrily declaring that he is still Sue's husband and will not let anyone take her from him. Namor retorts that Reed lost Sue when he put Franklin into a coma. Then, as another sea monster rises behind him. Namor punches Reed and nearly knocks him out of the Fantasticar. Ben pulls Reed back into the vehicle, but Namor continues his tirade, and Thundra points out Namor's advancing sea beasts. Then the Torch takes his turn at Namor, but Namor quickly knocks him into the water. Sue asks Johnny not to anger Namor, because she does not want Johnny hurt, but Namor leaps into the harbor and catapults Johnny out of the water with a double-fisted punch. Thundra snags him with her chain and she and Reed pull him into the Fantasticar. Then Ben starts to pummel Namor and Namor falls onto the back of his sea beast. Now Sue is alarmed that Namor might be injured, so she erects a force-field barrier in front of the Fantasticar, and the vehicle smashes to bits. Thundra, Reed, Ben, and Johnny fall into the water, and Namor declares that he and Sue have defeated the Fantastic Four. As Ben bobs in the water, he recalls how the Fantastic Four first met the Sub-Mariner, when Johnny found him in a flophouse with his memory gone. Johnny then dropped him into the Atlantic Ocean, and his memory was restored. Namor soon discovered that a catastrophe had befallen his people, and he blamed mankind But when Namor returned for his revenge, he met Sue Storm and fell in love with her. When Sue turned him down he declared war on the human race and used his Proteus Horn to summon a huge monster to devastate New York. Fortunately, Ben was able to carry an atomic bomb into the creature's belly, and the explosion killed it. Namor halted his battle, but he promised to return at a later date and win. As Ben concludes his reminiscence, he notes that Namor tried to invade the surface world a number of times, but each time he was stopped by the Fantastic Four. Namor then commands his sea creatures, including the child of Giganto—the creature that Ben, killed with the bomb—to destroy the surface world. To Ben it seems as if Namor has gone berserk and he swims to the shore and starts hauling the creatures back into the river. Then Namor leaps onto the dock, and Thundra challenges him to battle. Reed warns that Namor is too powerful for her, but she replies that she fears no male. Then she and Namor collide, wrecking the dock with the force of their impact, and Namor hurls her away. Meanwhile, the Thing is being strangled by the tentacles of a sea beast, but he flexes his muscles and tears the creatures away. The Atlantean warrior then informs Sue that Ben is approaching, so she tells Ben that she never meant to hurt anyone. As Ben talks to Sue, Thundra charges Namor, saying that all men are cruel: but Namor, in coming between two lovers, is a disgrace
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