The GeeksverseFear Itself #2

Fear Itself #2
Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by

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

After the excellant set up of the first part of Fear Itself, this issue feels like something of a let down. It’s all set-up. Most of this issue is taken up by the introduction of The Worthy, servants of The Serpant. At the end of last issue he unleashed eight hammers, which would take those that were deemed “worthy” and turn them into The Serpant’s servants.

We don’t see all of them in this issue, but there are certainly some interesting choices. They range from popular characters down to a couple of C-Listers that haven’t been heard from in awhile. One of the choices is very surprising since it’s a character that has his own book.

It seems that the possessor’s the the hammers get taken over. One of them is able to exert some of his own will, but the others seem to just follow the Serpant’s wishs.

The issue opens with the Asgardians arriving where their home used to be. Odin is mad and he deems that the spot they’ll make their stand, Earth be damned. Thor is imprisoned in chains for defying Odin.

The last part is the Serpant unleashing the Red Skulls army. The entire thing is interspaced with news reports of the chaos that is sweeping the globe.

The introductions of the Worthy are alright. It’s basically just “hammer falls, person grabs it” a couple of times. The news reports are the best part as the story progresses they get worse and worse.

A couple of odd parts. Where did Sin get such an army from? And why are they doing such immense damage right off the bat? The US has been attacked many times before and none of been able to do the damage that Sin’s army does in such a short time.

The issue just feels like set-up. There are no revelations. No major surprises. The identities of most of the Worthy have been teased for awhile anyways. Anyone who’s seen previews knows which one of them it is that stars in his own book.

Immonen’s art is breathtaking, like always. The spread of Sin’s army attacking DC is great. Lots of detail and the imagery is frightening.

Fear Itself #2 receives
4 out of 5

After the great opening, this issue is more set-up.

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