Fear Itself Review

April 9, 2011

I’ll confess that I am not a big fan of event comics.  In the past 10 years the only ones that I have enjoyed have been Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night and Civil War.   When it comes to event comics I normally know better than to buy into Marvel’s hype machine and pick up a book like this. Still, the interviews with writer Matt Fraction intrigued me.   Even though it was Fraction’s horrible writing that made me drop Thor.  I figured that he is a “hit and miss” writer for me since I enjoyed what I read of his Iron Man run.

Fear Itself is a giant miss.  The story moves at a snail’s pace. Halfway through this comic I started flipping ahead wondering how much longer this comic was going to lacerate my brain.   The worst part of this book was the scene where the family in Broxton Oklahoma have to leave their home behind because they couldn’t pay their mortgage.  What could have been an emotional scene that added to the overall narrative came off like a third grader trying to put political commentary into an episode of Power Rangers.  This is just one example of how this book is an utter failure.

The art in this comic is hit and miss. Some of the pages look great while others don’t seem to have been inked well.    The scenes with a large cast of characters are eye sores .  A lot of the characters have less definition and detail then I would expect.

With ” Fear Itself” Marvel has once again shown that they cannot put out a good event book.  I will be avoiding future issues of this.

Rating:  2 out of 10