The GeeksverseFear Itself #3

Fear Itself #3
Published on Friday, June 3, 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

Fear Itself started off great but so far the following two issues have been let down.

We’ve barely seen The Serpent, the big bad. We’ve seen alot of The Worthy laying a beat down on cities and causing alot of destruction. And we’ve seen Asgard getting ready for war.

But that’s it.

This event is long on action and short on story. This issue has four subplots and none of them reveal anything except that the Worthy are tough and apparently everyone should fear the Serpent.

The pacing of this issue is off. Way off. Time moves differently. Apparently the Asgardians can build a world and turn it into a war factory in a day or so because thats how much time has passed. Two issues have dealt with Sin laying waste to Washington DC. And during that time the Hulk has apparently chased Betty through alot of jungle and an Avengers squad was able to get there. The Absorbing Man was able to get his hammer (which is odd, because that story seems to be happening in Iron Man 2.0 and they’re at the start of the attack on DC in that story). And the FF had plenty of time to make it to Yancy Street. It all makes for a jumbled mess. Pieces are moving but they are out of sync with eachother.

It makes it hard to get into this story as some events seem to be dragging out so other pieces can be moved along. And where are the rest of the responders to Washington? Only Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon and sometimes (as he seems to vanish from panels) Shang Chi are there? But wait, Valkyrie makes an appearance on the last page.

Where are the rest of the heroes?

Long on action scenes and short on story. We’re almost halfway through the event and not much as happening.

Immonen’s art is the draw. It’s amazing. But there are some spots where the storytelling is off. Especially in the DC part. One panel has Sin on top of a robot and the next panel she’s sliding down the top of a police car. Later has Sin throwing Bucky and the next panel has her spearing him with her hammer. Not what I’m used to seeing from him.

Fear Itself #3 receives
3 out of 5

This book looks good but where’s the story?

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