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The Sub-Mariner swam up to shore in the town of Waterville and spotted a robed gang chasing after a man out of town, telling him that they didn't want his kind around. Striking the man with a rock, they knocked him into the river, prompting Namor to rescue the man's life. Reviving the man, Namor noticed when he dropped a silver star and purple heart medals, identifying the man as a war hero. Namor learned the man's name is Joe Svoba, whose family immigrated to America from the Czechoslovakia. He explained that he served in the American military during the war. He went on to explain that his father was the skipper for a fishing boat until he was imprisoned for apparently murdering his former employer Mr. George. His father claimed he was innocent despite pressure from the townspeople to confess to the crime.

The pair were suddenly met by Joe's friend Mr. Rogers; Rogers was relieved that the Order of the Blue Flower did not cause him serious harm. Rogers explained to Namor that the Order was recently formed after the murder of George, and they have been demanding that the elder Svoba be hung for his crimes without due process. Namor decided to get involved, getting Joe to hide out with Mr. Rogers while he works to clear Joe's fathers name.[1]

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