The GeeksverseOsborn #1

Osborn #1
Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by: Emma Rios
Colored by: Jose Villarrubia & Matt Wilson
Lettered by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Alejandro Arbona
Senior Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover: A- Ben Oliver; B- John Romita & Marcos Martin

Normally I can just start going when I review a book. There’s either something I want to say about it, a hook that can get me going, etc..

But with this book? Nothing. I don’t know how to feel about it. The story was fairly flat. The back-up feature was the best part of the entire book. There just seemed to be too much going on and not enough going on.

Spider-Man’s girlfriend, Norah, is assigned to write a story about Osborn in prison. She seems to freak out and needs Peter Parker to convince her to do the story. She seems to think that if she hadn’t chickened out and wrote an expose on Osborn he never would have risen to power and all the deaths wouldn’t have happened. Except the end of that sequance seems to indicate that she was using Peter to do something for her. But what? And why? It left me confused.

Then we see some Senators trying to figure out what to do about Osborn. They don’t want to risk his being set free or being sent to an institution for the criminally insane, for fear he’ll get free. So instead they decide to send him to some unknown prison in some unknown location. Like that isn’t going to arouse suspicion. No one isn’t going to notice that Osborn just ups and disappears. No one is going to question that?

The unknown prison? It contains 4 (something mysterious happened to the 5th) occupants that are apparently major bad-asses. Only one guard and the only other person allowed there is a priest.

So thats where Osborn gets sent and it ends with one of the Senators and the priest working together to get Osborn sent to that unknown prison for an unknown purpose. And the priest is revealed to have a Goblin tattoo. Really?

So saying it now, this series will end with Osborn escaping with these people working for him.

Added all together it seems too convienant. It’s supposed to be like Osborn manipulated it all somehow. But it just doesn’t work right. The story is flat, it’s uninteresting. It doesn’t make any sense.

Rios art is decent. Some panels are messy and hard to follow. Her figures aren’t bad but some of the characters are ugly. Layouts are decent and flow fairly smooth. The two page spread that introduces the 4 prisoners is well done.

Osborn #1 receives
2 out of 5

Just an uninteresting book.

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