15 Oct 2020: #ComicBytes: Decoding powers of Namor, the formidable ruler of Atlantis
Many popular franchises have their own version of the undersea wonder Atlantis.
This half-human, half Atlantean, who is usually compared to DC's Aquaman, is one of Marvel's oldest and powerful anti-heroes.
To know more about this formidable ruler of Atlantis, here is Namor's origin story and a detailed explanation of his many powers.
Origin: The birth of a half-human, half-Atlantean mutant Sub-Mariner
A tragic relationship between explorer Leonard McKenzie and Atlantean Princess Fen leads to the birth of Namor, the 'Avenging son'.
As the ruler of Atlantis, he is fiercely protective of his people, which frequently leads to conflicts with the surface world and the humans.
But sometimes, he becomes a hero for mankind when he teams up with X-Men and others for a greater good.
Atlantean powers: Namor's Atlantean powers make him one of the strongest beings
Due to his unique heritage, Namor has every power that a normal Atlantean has.
These allow him to breathe under water, heal at an accelerated rate, have an extended life span and become durable.
He is also one of the world's most strongest beings, especially under water.
Although he is stronger than other Atlanteans, his abilities start depleting when he is away from water.
Marine telepathy: He has marine telepathy and can channel aquatic creatures
Like Aquaman, Namor has telepathic powers to control and interact with undersea creatures.
If you are wondering whether Marvel copied this, Namor came into existence way before Arthur Curry.
That being said, Namor has an additional power.
He can also mimic the powers of any aquatic life. For example, by channeling an electric eel, he can shoot electric bolts from his hands.
Superhuman speed: Namor can fly faster than a military aircraft
The first comic book character to have the power of flight, Namor's mutant genes give him tiny wings on his ankles.
These wings enable him to fly at super speed, faster than a military aircraft.
Even without using his wings, Namor is faster than the finest human athlete.
He is also a fast swimmer, capable of reaching the speed of 345 mph.