Namor the Sub-Mariner just reused one of his most devastating attacks for a more heroic purpose to thwart the King in Black.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for King in Black # 4, by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC’s Clayton Cowles, out now.

Namor the Sub-Mariner has many deadly moves in his arsenal. As King of Atlantis and one of the most powerful mutants in the world, Namor is truly a force to be reckoned with.

In King in black # 4, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Namor is among several of Earth’s heroes who broke free from Knull’s control. Marvel’s mightiest heroes break free and attack Knull’s forces, taking them to central New York. And as part of his counterattack, Namor unleashed his most devastating attack on Knull by summoning a tidal wave against Knull’s inverted New York.

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On command, Namor strikes his trident and unleashes a massive tidal wave on the symbiote-infested city. By incapacitating the symbiotes, this move leaves room for Storm and Thor to shock Knull’s symbiote hive and weaken the Symbiote God. With Knull softened, Jean Gray is able to probe his mind for the secret to defeat him.

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The Namor tidal wave did Marvel heroes a lot of good, but this move hasn’t always been performed in such a heroic way. The first memorable event in which Namor unleashed his tidal wave was in 1941 Human Torch Comics # 5, by Carl Burgos, Henry P. Chapman, Jack D’Arcy, Bill Everett, George Kaplan, Mike Roy, and Henry Sahle. In this issue, Namor went on a crusade against humanity by flooding various cities across the planet. The Sub-Mariner unleashed tidal waves in cities from Berlin to New York.

This catastrophic attack was later emphasized as a pivotal moment in the Marvel Universe in 1994. Wonders # 1 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. From the perspective of reporter Phil Sheldon, New Yorkers were seen fleeing to shelters and trying to reach higher ground. Namor’s attack left a heavy impact on these citizens, as the sheer force of the Sub-Mariner’s tidal waves left them overwhelmed. No one could forget how Namor, one of the heroes of World War II, razed their city.

Years later, in Avengers vs. X-Men # 8, by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction and Adam Kubert, Namor unleashed his powerful tidal waves once again. At this point, the Avengers were hiding from the Five Phoenixes in Wakanda. Possessed by the Phoenix Force, Namor demolished the kingdom of The Black Panther. The atrocity and devastation left by Namor’s attack formed a hatred between Namor and King T’Challa.

Both of the above examples illustrate just how vindictive and malevolent Namor’s tidal waves can be. Typically, The Sub-Mariner would use this attack in cases of anger against humanity. Between the humans who felt they had hurt Atlantis and the Avengers, who were trying to stop the Five Phoenixes, Namor has used his power to counterattack the ones he hated.

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Namor destroys Wakanda with the Phoenix Force

This time, however, Namor seems to be using his power on the side of good. Instead of attacking humanity, the Sub-Mariner is saving the citizens of New York from Knull. Although Namor has flooded New York before, this time he does so to save the city rather than destroy it. Rather than fight heroes like the Avengers, Namor is now working alongside them to save Earth once again.

With the fate of the entire planet at stake, Namor has to put aside his little differences with humanity to save his kingdom. Despite the desperation of his circumstances, it is quite a turn to see Namor using one of his most powerful attacks for a more noble and heroic cause. Namor tidal waves may have an angry and vengeful history, but ultimately they serve a noble purpose in King in black.

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