The GeeksverseThe Fearless #1

The Fearless #1
Published on Friday, October 21, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction, Chris Yost
Penciled by: Paul Pelletier & Mark Bagley
Inked by: Danny Miki & Andy Lanning
Colored by: Matthew Wilson
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: A- Arthur Adams w/ Laura Martin; B- Frank Cho w/ Jason Keith; C- Mike Deodato w/ Rain Beredo; D- Salvador Larroca w/ Frank D'Armata; E- Ryan Stegman w/ Marte Gracia
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Alejandro Arbona

I’ve always liked Valkyrie and I’m glad she’s getting a chance to really up her profile.

This series, if this issue is any indication, might not do it though. It’s understandable that Sin would want to go after the hammers. What’s not understandable is why Val thinks she has to go rogue and round them up. Why is she so hellbent on the Asgardians being the ones to guard the hammers? Her reasoning doesn’t carry through.

This issue also fails to give a reason why this is so epic and important. It comes across as a race to get the hammers. That’s understandably important but there’s nothing here to say why this series is being hyped as important to the overall MU and why it’s bi-weekly for so long. It feels like it should have been a 4 issue mini-series. Hopefully the epic reasoning behind it will be come apparent soon because it feels like it’s been overhyped so far.

Showing the two points of view, Valkyrie and Sin, is a nice touch. It helps this series stand out a bit. Normally a mini-series would show some of the point of view of the villian, but the amount of time given both series stars really does help give the race to find the hammers more of a sense of urgency.

The art is good by both Bagley and Pelletier, each penciling a different point of view. Bagley gets Valy’s pages well Pelletier gets Sins. The two styles are different enough that the change between points of view is noticable, but they are close enough that it’s not jarring to the reader.

The Fearless #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

This is supposed to be an epic mini-series but, like Fear Itself, it doesn’t come across that way.

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