The GeeksverseFear Itself #1

Fear Itself #1
Published on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by

Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Stuart Immonen
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Steve McNiven w/ Mark Morales
Assistant Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Now this is how you start off an event. You set the mood. You slowly introduce the villian. You set the conflict. And you end the first issue on a “what now” moment.

We’re introduced to The Serpent, the main villian, slowly. We see Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, find the hammer of Skaldi. We see it transform her, much like Mjolnir transforms Thor. We see her set out to find the person we find out is the true All-Father.

And we see Odin turn tail and run away as fast as he can.

The mood, that the world is on the brink of falling into madness, is set by the non-villian riot at the beginning. It’s a great scene later on when the Avengers go through their checklist and realize that the riot wasn’t started by a villian. It hits home to them how much the world is hurting right now. The scene with the residents of Broxton is equally sobering.

This almost hits too close to home. It’s okay to put current world events into the “fantasy” worlds of comics, but sometimes it’s too much. This approachs the line but doesn’t step over it. There’s enough real world elements thrown in to help set the mood, but the rest of the story firmly sets it in the world of comics.

There are no fights, except a small brawl between Thor and Odin, but the issue has it’s tense moments. The way the Asgardians casually accept Odin’s orders shows the difference between them and humans. It highlights that these aren’t necessarily free people. They are confined by their world.

I’m interested in learning just what The Serpent means about him being the true All-Father. The set up is interesting. And if the release of the Serpent is enough to send Odin running away, then he’s definately someone to fear.

Immonen’s art is beautiful. His style is as clean and detailed as always. There’s a looseness to it that I think highlights the absence of his normal inker, Wade Von Grawberger. It’s not missed though. Immonen is at adept at the smaller moments as he is the bigger. He’s made for an event book like this.

Fear Itself #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

A good start to the event. Can’t wait to see where this one goes.

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