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Fear Itself Paperback – September 5, 2012
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About the Author
Matt Fraction started creating comics with the smaller publishers, like AiT/Planet Lar and IDW Publishing. He is also known for his work on The Five Fists of Science and Casanova, as well as a number of series for Marvel Comics. Fraction is currently working on Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, Thor and Invincible Iron Man, the latter of which led to his consulting work on the set of the film Iron Man 2. He lives in Portland, OR.
Stuart Immonen is a Canadian comic book artist. He is best known for his work on Nextwave, Ultimate X-Men, The New Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man.
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I thought it was going to be a mess like DC's Final Crisis, but that was not the case.
The story is a simple one: An ancient wakes up after millenia and he wants to take revenge on the one who locked him. The only way for him to regain power and face his opponent, is to inflict fear in a large population. Earth was perfect!
After his allies (which are actually heroes and villains from Earth) wreck havok around the world, the big baddie is ready to confront his prey.
There's a lot of action in the book. Good action. The writing is ok, but I have to admit is no Watchmen either. It just fit the purpose.
Why some characters are acting out of character (if any)? Because they're all scared! Even Captain America. Man... even Odin is scared out of his socks. So, why not acting a little out of character?
I read this book and it seems pretty comprehensible to me. Haven't read any of the tie-ins, and even like that I enjoyed it. That being said, I wouldn't mind reading some of the tie-ins, but I think I better wait for the Omnibus. The X-Men Tie-In looks sick!
Anyway, I think is a joyful reading.
Marvel's big events peaked with the Skrull Invasion. But they kept chasing sales so they kept inventing huge story arcs. This is the worst Marvel event since Atlantis Attacks, the Evolutionary War and Inferno (A v X was also awful).
The plot doesn't make much sense. A bunch of heroes are corrupted by other-worldly power (hmmm....sounds like the X-Men plot from A v X).
I own it. It sits on my bookshelf. I can't imagine what would happen in my life where I would ever find time to read it again.
If you're looking for the next Civil War or Secret Invasion then this isn't for you, but if you're just looking for a nice read without having to know too much backstory and just want to have fun then this is for you.
I recommend this to people who are Matt Fraction fans and anyone who is just looking to complete event books into their collection.
While it might not be chock full of rich, deep character development (most of this is left to the tie-in books) the story is solid and there are some great moments.