The GeeksverseBattle Scars #1

Battle Scars #1
Published on Friday, November 11, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Chris Yost
Penciled by: Scot Eaton
Inked by: Andrew Hennessy
Colored by: Paul Mounts
Lettered by: VC's Joe Sabino
Cover Art: Carlo Pagulayan w/ Jason Paz & Guru eFX
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Alejandro Arbona

Originally this was supposed to be part of The Fearless mini-series. I don’t know how much of it was changed when the decision was made to make it it’s own mini-series, but it’s a good thing it was. The overall mystery of this would have been lost in the Fearless.

There’s a mystery but it’s hard to tell if it’s a good one or not.

Yost does good weaving the events of Fear Itself into the beginning of this book. We see how the fear generated by the Serpent affected people and honestly this issue does a better job of conveying that then Fear Itself did. This issue also does a better job of showing how long the events of Fear Itself was then the event book did.

That’s pretty bad if you think about it.

The story is script heavy. It’s meaty. Marcus Johnson does alot of talking to himself. It moves along pretty quickly with enough hints dropped here and there to start building the mystery. The last line though ruins some of the overall mystery. This issue is filled with Johnson getting surprises that shouldn’t be happening in his life and the last line is him saying that it’s not his life but he’s going to find out whose it is. That happens a bit too fast. I know that the moment has to happen in order to establish the rest of the mini-series, but it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the story. It’s a line of reasoning that comes out of nowhere.

Marvel has been saying that Johnson will be a major character in the MU. I’m getting tired of hearing that from Marvel. They said the same thing about Raizo Kodo (or however you spell his name) and so far he’s amounted to nothing.

The other problem with the mystery is the only clues we get is that Johnson doesn’t realize who/what he is. That’s all well and good, but it would have been nice to see some of the reasons why he’s important. It wouldn’t have ruined the overall story to give us some of the answers, it would have made the journey of watching Johnson get them even better.

So far there’s nothing about Marcus Johnson that makes him interesting. He’s fairly generic. He’s a soldier, and has the requiste lines and background. But beyond that there isn’t much to him that makes him stand out.

Scot Eaton has improved by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. I was never a huge fan of his work until he started working for Crossgen, and like all the artists that worked there, he came out of the experience better. I don’t know what they did down there, but every artist that did work for Crossgen came out a better talent.

But this is so much better then his Crossgen work. He’s improved since then.

Battle Scars #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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