Review by: CaseyJustice

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Avg Rating: 3.6
Users who pulled this comic:
Story by Matt Fraction
Art by Stuart Immonen & Wade von Grawbadger
Colors by Laura Martin
Cover by Steve McNiven, Stuart Immonen & Terry Dodson

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

I am not a Fear Itself fan.

I’ll admit, I came into the book with a serious bias… no, bias isn’t the right word. Apathy. I did not care one bit about the pitch, and I was sad to see that the first three issues reinforced my disinterest. Strange, disconnected scenes of chaos, a villain hastily introduced with no explanation, no stakes and no central story or characters to cling on to.

With this issue, however, I can see that there is, in fact, a really fun and potentially powerful story to be told with this concept and this team. The problem, I feel, is one of pacing. This book falls into the House of M school of events: Good story idea, stretched out over far too many issues.

This book really brings the action and drama, as the plot is finally explained to us, we finally get to spend some time with our characters and really feel the impact of the events we’ve been reluctantly following for the past 3 months. Iron Man’s sacrifice, Cap’s struggle to put the tragedy of Bucky’s death aside and get to work, and Thor’s epic throwdown with the forces of evil all added up to one of the most fun and exciting books I’ve read all year. THIS is what I want from a big Avengers event.

I actually think that I’ll avoid talking about Immonen’s art on this one. I mean, honestly, what else need be said? Immonen drawing iconic characters in incredible conflicts, both physical and internal, with the same effortless wonder that he brings to everything he touches.

What a turnaround.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. Almost got the chills there when we saw Cap, Thor and Iron Man all three back together again.

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