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Product Details

  • Series: Battle Scars
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J'aime TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2014
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This is one of those books that Marvel comic fans will either love or hate, I think. It will depend on how you feel about retconning. Since I started as a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before coming to the comics (after The Avengers was released), I’m less bothered by retconning. At least, when it is done well. And Battle Scars does it very, very well.

I went looking for this book after stumbling across a review somewhere that said it’s a great bridge between the original Marvel continuity and Marvel Now. The story is set after the crossover event Fear Itself and is self-contained. You don’t have to have read the event, or any other comic really, to follow it. And the writing is brilliant. The story opens with Sergeant Marcus Johnson coming back from Afghanistan to attend the funeral of his mother. He was told she was killed during a home invasion brought on by Fear Itself. Only, he discovers that she was murdered and now “they” are after him. The story is literally boiling over with suspense and tension. Who’s after him? Why? What does Captain America know? Marcus may be the biggest secret SHIELD has ever held and when he learns the truth - I nearly fell out of my chair in shock. I LOVED IT!

Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. I've only been reading comics since 2012 and in that time I have worked my way from Avengers Disassembled through AvX and aside from Secret Warriors, this might be the best book I've come across. Fantastic.
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There may be spoilers ahead...

First of all, the Amazon synopsis states that this is a major new title, which suggests that it is an ongoing title. It isn't. Maybe it had hopes of being so, but thankfully any desire to keep it going soon died out, and it lasted the ten or twelve issues that are collected here.

I bought this in individual issues, but I soon got rid of them, which is why I can't recall exactly how many issues it lasted. I managed to hand them off to my brother as a Christmas present. I don't think he has forgiven me.

In the aftermath of Fear Itself, Marvel promised us a major new shakeup that would rock the Marvel Universe, and this was supposed to deliver it. Well I suppose they achieved their aim, because the revelations in this book certainly shocked fans around the world, but I would suggest that the reactions they received were not what was intended.

Second of all, this is not a bad story. I admire greatly the artistic team behind this book. Matt Fraction is kind of idolised by me after what he did with The Mighty Thor and other projects in the last 3 years. Chris Yost is also a bit of a legend after his work on X-Men, the Avengers animated series and his screen writing duties on the upcoming Thor: The Dark World Film.

However, despite these credentials, and despite the story itself being quite decent mostly throughout, their delivery of the "big reveal" is the big let down.

I don't blame the creative team at all. I expect that when the Marvel bosses pitched the idea to them, there was a sharp intake of breath from messrs Fraction and Yost. I sincerely cling to the fact that in my mind, Matt Fraction went "Really, boss? You want me to write this? You honestly want me to do this?
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Was a bit hesitant about getting this but I needed to know the back story of this new Nick Fury who strangely looks like Samuel Jackson and was in the regular Marvel universe. Now I know why. Good storyline but dumb way to put him in charge of Shield! C'mon Disney! Quit trying to make Marvel characters tie into your movies!
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By Toni on March 30, 2013
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Kinda silly being that is IS a way to change the 616's Fury to being black, but overall, its an interesting story! I found the entire series while Long Box digging the other day and bought it on a whim because it had Deadpool on the cover of two of them. Having no clue what the story would even be about, I just started reading. Highly recommend the book!
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Very good and interesting story. Glad I purchased it.
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