The GeeksverseFear Itself: Book Of The Skull

Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull
Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by

Written by: Ed Brubaker
Penciled by: Scot Eaton
Inked by: Mark Morales
Colors by: Sunny Gho of IFS
Letters by: Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Fear Itself starts here.

Baron Zemo, under the employ of the Red Skull’s daughter Sin, the new Red Skull, has tracked down one of the Skull’s old bases, a very specific one. Inside this base is a book of magic, covered in the skin of Atlanteans.

And that brings us to the past. The Skull is using magic to summon something. His Thule wizards summoning is answered but it lands in Antarctica. The Skull goes, but none can lift it. Captain America, Bucky and Namor are hot on the trail when they are attacked by something that came with the Skull’s object, a Front Giant.

What the Skull summoned was a hammer. None can lift it. It’s left in Antartica under the supervision of the Thules to try and find a way for the Skull to use it.

Sin thinks it’s meant for her. And if thats the case, the MU is in trouble.

This is an excellant start to Fear Itself. It directly ties into the Marvel Universe’s history and lore, but not in a contradictory way. It fits into what has already been established. Nothing is out of place. And it’s set up that it even makes sense why it took so long for this object to have an impact on the MU. The Skull couldn’t use it, no one could, but apparently Sin thinks she can.

This is how these events should start. It doesn’t seem to naturally evolve out of current storylines, but it also doesn’t force itself into the universe. It’ll be interesting to see what this all adds up to but so far it’s something I’m looking forward to.

You can tell that Brubaker really has fun with Sin. She’s such a great character to read, she must be as fun to write. Totally ruthless, extremely psychotic, very intelligent. It all adds up to one dangerous woman. Brubaker’s written Zemo dozens of times, yet this didn’t come off sounding right. A little too casual sounding for Baron Zemo.

The story works great as a prologue. It sets up the history, where the genesis of the story comes from, but at the same time it leaves alot unknown. Which is what an event’s prologue should do.

Eaton’s art is very nice. He’s always drawn his characters as a bit over muscular, but it seems toned down now. His style has changed over the years and gotten better. I’m looking forward to when he starts on Secret Avengers.

Fear Itself: Book of the Skull receives
4.5 out of 5

Excellant start opening to Fear Itself.

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