By Stewart Loud.
Well Fear Itself has finally begun and I’ve got my hands on the first issue of the main story along with a couple of the other comics that tie in to it. Obviously this isn’t a review, I’m just going to give people a brief bit of info’ on how the story begins and what it’s about. I’m sure a lot of people have read up on the plot online, before the books were released but I went into the event without any prior knowledge of what it’s about so anything I’ve written here was gleaned from the comics recently released so you don’t need to worry about any spoilers (as if I’d do that anyway!).
Fear Itself Prologue: Book Of The Skull (one-shot)
Sees Red Skulls daughter, Sin accompanied by Baron Zemo, attempting to obtain a book belonging to her father, that is somehow linked to a supernatural artefact obtained by the Nazis during the second world war. Also has a nice flashback with the Nazis performing weird rituals in their pursuit of this magical “weapon” and Captain America, Bucky and Namor’s efforts to thwart them.
On the whole, a bit dull but it does give the story a bit of history and it makes some of Fear Itself #1 make more sense than it otherwise would.
Fear Itself Book 1 of 7
Right from the beginning, people have all ready begun to shit their collective pants, not over anything tangible you could punch in the face or run away from, but over the global recession! I was surprised by how relevant it all seemed to the real world right now and how cleverly Matt Fraction has written Marvels super heroes into the politics of it all with peoples dissatisfaction with the way things are going translating into riots and hatred as they look for someone to blame.
A large part of the first issue revolves around the humans relations with Thor and the gods of Asgard as Tony Stark sets up a deal to employ thousands of people to rebuild Asgard.
Meanwhile Sin obtains the mysterious hammer summoned by the Nazis in WW2 and uses it to release some shrivelled, old, possibly Asgardian dude from beneath the Pacific ocean who claims to be the “True All Father” and declares his intent to make the whole world fear him.
Ends with the arrival of a possible world destroying threat and it certainly looks like a lot of the Earth’s populace are gonna be needing new underpants by the time the story’s done.
Fantastically illustarted and very well written As first parts to stories go, this is a very good one. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the event.
Fear Itself: The Home Front #1 of 7
Kick starts a few smaller stories spinning off from the main event involving Speedball, Jimmy Woo and J. Jonah Jameson. The Speedball story, Lurker, is especially good and sees him still struggling to come to terms with his involvement in the Stamford disaster and atone for it.