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Original Sin Hardcover – November 18, 2014
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Jason Aaron is an American comic book writer, known for his work on titles such as The Other Side, Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine and PunisherMAX
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There are a few "big reveals," that are not truly very believable at all, but Aaron and Deodato weave an entertaining and engaging story using third + rate villains that even die-hard marvel fans may have never heard of.
The backup stories range from ridiculous confessions to somewhat poignant with art that ranges from really good to just plain bad.
The next larger story is the Young Avengers story which is somewhat entertaining but nothing of consequence actually happens in it. I have not read most of the companion stories that were released at the same time as this event book, but this book was entertaining in it's own right and the story had the potential to start big waves in the rest of the Marvel U.
What draws them together is a secret mission to investigate the murder of the Watcher: An alien with a giant head whose job is rather obvious. He literally sees everything and is found by Thor with a bullet wound through his forehead and his eyes gouged out. There is more to the story, as they find disturbing clues in another plane, in deep space, and deep underground. All the while the lesser known villains of Midas, Exterminatrix, and Orb seem to be involved. They naturally draw the attention of the other Avengers who also have to deal with the minions known as the Mindless Ones...who are no longer mindless.
Also, there are the "Original Sins" backstories which focus on lesser known areas of the Marvel Universe, mostly through quick one-shots. Most of them are inconsequential (save for one dealing with the Inhumans and other with Deathlok) but fun nonetheless. The Young Avengers of Hulkling, Prodigy, and Noh-Varr are the only ones whose story appears throughout all five of those issues, but the book fortunately collects their story into one continuous narrative. Behind that is a two-parter about the Secret Avengers, specifically Nick Fury Jr. and Coulson, in a quick story about dealing with a SHIELD secret recently let out.
The art of this book is amazing throughout most of it. The Point One issue is noticeably lesser in quality, as is much of the Original Sins backup stories (especially featuring the Young Avengers characters) in the back. However, there are a lot of beautiful panels throughout the main story. The #0 issue is particularly beautiful throughout, though you should expect no less from Jim Cheung if you know his other work. Other than that, the writing is also good as well. Well paced, and definitely impacts where it needs to. It was also very comedic in places: "Steak Night" with Nick Fury, Captain America, Wolverine and Black Widow was hilarious to read, and any time with Doctor Strange and the Punisher was pure gold.
One thing I will say is that you need to be familiar with the characters to get the most out of it. These characters don't normally interact with each other, for example I'm pretty sure no one in the Gamora-Winter Soldier-Moon Knight team up knew each other before hand. So, it was very entertaining to see them interact with one another in ways that made sense and were rarely seen, since they don't normally play off their own types that often. Familiarity would also help for those who aren't familiar with side characters like those in the "Original Sins" part in the back or the villains that show up.
It's worth picking up, especially since it has a huge impact on the Marvel Universe (at least for now). It'll answer questions especially relating to Thor, Nick Fury, and the Winter Soldier, and towards Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Angela, and Spiderman and Silk (kicking off Spider-verse in a way) if you read the tie ins not in this book.
Writer: Jason Aaron (with help from various others)
Artists: Mike Deodato & various (pencils), Mike Deodato & various (inks), Frank Martin & various (colors), Julian Totino Tedesco, Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell, Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor, Mark Brooks (covers)
Collects: Marvel Point 1 #1, Original Sin #0-8, Original Sin: Secret Avengers Infinite #1-2, Original Sins #1-5
This is a book that is full of surprises. It IS a murder mystery story, so it should have a few surprises, right? It isn’t just the murderer that is the big surprise, here, though. I was also surprised by the choice of central heroes Aaron chose to use in this book. I was surprised by his choice of central villains to use in this book. I was surprised by the revelations disclosed by some of the characters by the end of the book. I was surprised by the fate of The Watcher and the domino effect resulting from his murder. I was surprised by the fate of a few other significant characters of the Marvel universe. I was surprised by the weird collection of other short stories that are tie-ins to the central story. I was surprised by the graphic design of the covers that were used for the mini-series - featuring weird and outdated artwork that prevented me from ever buying it or even flipping through it when it was on the shelves. I was surprised by the ridiculously high cover price of this comprehensive collection. So many surprises for me in this book!
Did I like it? Yes. Overall, I was happy with the story. I sometimes really, really like Jason Aaron’s work, and other times I just loathe it. I was very skeptical of this mini-series, but since I was able to pick it up at 50% off the cover price as a pre-order, I decided to pull the trigger and pick it up. Thanks amazon! As I was saying, though, Aaron weaves a pretty good story, here, and shines the spotlight on some characters and villains that aren’t always in it. The villains he uses in the story are particularly obscure, and I generally like stories that thrust these characters into the limelight, however brief their moments of glory might be.
I avoided this book, altogether, when it was on the shelves. I had very little interest in taking a gamble on Aaron’s mini-series, as I had recently come off a string of some incredibly bad Wolverine books that were written by him. Also, as I have already mentioned, the cover art used on these comics was the worst I have ever seen in a Marvel mini-series. I’m not sure what they were really shooting for in these covers. The artwork looks a bit old-fashioned and is completely different from the artwork on the interior. It is stylistic, to be sure, but not a style that appealed to me. Likewise, the logo used for the series title was just plain ugly. Thankfully, the interior artwork was much, much better, and I will get into that, next.
Mike Deodato provides the pencils and inks for the main issues of the series, and he really knocks it out of the park. He’s been killing it at Marvel for over a decade, now, and this is him at his peak quality. His work is generally darker than most other Marvel artists, which suits the tone of the book just perfectly. He draws the exotic heroes, villains and locales with assurance and style, and it all looked gorgeous.
The satellite/tie-in issues that were included in this collection were a bit strange, though (apart from the Young Avengers issues) not necessarily unenjoyable. There really seemed to be little cohesion to them. Each story and writer seemed to be pretty much doing their own thing, which really makes me wonder what sort of direction (if any) they were given for these issues. Apart from the Dr. Doom storyline, most of them were pretty forgettable, and nowhere near as good as the central story. Throwing them in the pot was OK, but does nothing to justify the unmanageable price of this book.
Of all the things I dislike about the book, the steep cover price is chief among them. For $75, you had better be offering a pretty stinking fabulous product, and this ain’t it. This book is pretty good, but it isn’t fabulous. Sure, it contains a whole lot of issues, but a lot of those issues were average, at best, and poor at worst. Also, Marvel has a bad case of the shrinking page count, as of late. A 17-issue collection from ten years ago would have had about 70 more pages in it than this book. Yes, this is still a thick book to pick up, and not one you are going to read in a single sitting, but just looking at it from the side you would never guess that it contains 17 issues. It looks far too thin for that to be true. The casualties of a down economy? Maybe. But why are DC books with similar issue counts so much thicker, then? Because I was able to pick this book up at half price, I can be a bit more contented with my purchase. Had I paid full price for this I probably would have been pretty upset and would have scored it lower. The price I paid for it seems far more reasonable and accurate for what you get in this book. Hopefully a softcover TPB with the original 9-issue mini-series will be available, at some point, for those who just want a copy to read with the fat and the price trimmed down to a reasonable level.
I can recommend this book to most any Marvel fans, because they would enjoy reading the story. However, unless you can get a deal similar to what I got, I would have to steer readers to the library instead of the store for this one.
Cool Factor: 8/10