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Fear Itself: The Home Front #5: Review

Aug 2011
Christos N. Gage, Mike Mayhew

Story Name:

Hope Itself

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Fear Itself: The Home Front #5 Review by (July 3, 2024)

Review: Speedball story: See issue #1 for full review. The Chosen story: Again, no strong connection to FEAR ITSELF but a fairly entertaining tale of five teenage heroes forming an ad hoc team, played heavily for comedy. It has everything it needs to be an entertaining read: appealing characters, witty writing, exciting adventure, everything aside from a link to the main story. “A Moment With…Mr. Fear” is another oddity as the villain, who has “fear” in his name, wondering why no one is afraid of him anymore. Looks like it should have a point but it doesn’t. The American Eagle story is very nice but it has nothing to do with FEAR ITSELF. Nice showcase for a little-seen character, though.

Comments: Story 1: Part five of seven. The Sisters of Sin first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #294 and have mainly shown up in that title. Story 2: Part one of three. The coordinates given by Amadeus are the location of R’lyeh, in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: The Home Front #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After the tsunami has devastated, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Speedball suddenly emerges from the debris and his first instinct is to despair, believing the city’s population has been wiped out. But then he hears a call for help and rescues a woman clinging to a pole. From a nearby rooftop, SB calls Jocasta, asking her to send someone to rescue. There is no one else but Jocasta can send out an army of drone-Jocastas, programmed for basic search and rescue maneuvers. As he watches the Jocastas in action, he has an idea: he sends back to Miriam Sharpe film of the people of St. John’s helping one another. Miriam then calls for a camcorder to film the people of Stamford helping one another to send to Salem, Missouri, creating a worldwide network of people encouraging one another, telling them not to give up hope…

…but the message of hope reaches the Sisters of Sin, who intend to put a stop to it….

“The Chosen, part 1 of 3” 4/5
Writer: Fred Van Lente. Art: Alessandro Vitti. Colors: Java Tartaglia. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: Five youthful heroes find themselves on a vessel at sea. Amadeus Cho checks his satellites and discovers they are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thunderstrike immediately picks a fight with him, which looks like it is about to turn violent. Power Man (Victor Alvarez) steps between them and, when threatened, clobbers TS with his martial arts moves. Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon) webs up the three males while she and X-23 try to figure out how they got there, snatched suddenly out of their separate battles. TS accuses X-23 of having brought them there and Amadeus takes advantage of his distraction to knock his hammer to the floor, changing him back into Kevin Masterson; he hits back with this stick and returns to his Thunderstrike persona. PM falls seriously ill, trying to draw the life force from the place but there is none. He heard a message in a language he does not understand. It is translated by the Shark Men, who attack, intending to make the young heroes their sacrifice….

“A Moment with…Mr. Fear” 2.5/5
Writer: Howard Chaykin. Art: Howard Chaykin. Colors: Edgar Delgado. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: Mr. Fear walks down the street, overwhelmed at the fact that everyone is afraid and…ignoring him. A kid confronted him and called him Doctor Doom, unafraid….

“Red/White Blues” 4/5
Writer: Simon Spurrier. Art: Jason Latour. Colors: Jason Latour. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: The town of Bleachville and the nearby Navajo reservation are competing for a wind farm contract that would enable either of the poor communities to survive. Racial threats are on the rise, then the Bleachville sheriff is murdered and the Navajo are blamed. A pair of mystic types calling themselves the “Ghosts of America” come to lead the Indians against the whites. But American Eagle knows from their ignorance about real Native Americans that they are not Indians but a couple of white men who were recruited by the Mayor. The town and the reservation try to work together after that, reducing fear.

Mike Mayhew
Mike Mayhew
Rain Beredo
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Lanphear.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Jocasta Pym)

(Robbie Baldwin)

(Anya Corazon)

Plus: American Eagle (Jason Strongbow), Mr. Fear (Alan Fagan), Power Man (Victor Alvarez), Sisters of Sin, Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson), X-23 (Laura Kinney).

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