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Fear Itself: The Home Front #6: Review

Sep 2011
Christos N. Gage, Mike Mayhew

Story Name:

The Sisters of Sin

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Fear Itself: The Home Front #6 Review by (July 9, 2024)

Review: Speedball story: See issue #1 for full review. The Chosen story: See issue #5 for full review. “A Moment With…Dust” is the best of its series, demonstrating how natural enemies can be brought together in a crisis and how we all need each other. The GLA story is a delight, highly entertaining with a guest appearance by the old-timey villain Asbestos Man; it does a great job at leavening the grim tone of the rest of the issue and the FEAR ITSELF event.

Comments: Story 1: Part six of seven. Story 2: Part two of three. Story 3: Ironically, the final statement by Dust, “Faith without works is dead,” comes from James 2:26 in the New Testament, which neither Muslims or Jews recognize as Scripture. Story 4: Asbestos Man was first seen in STRANGE TALES #111, this is his second appearance, forty-eight years later, because they needed an old villain to make fun of.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: The Home Front #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Reacting to Miriam Sharpe’s message of hope being sent around the world, the Sisters of Sin burst into the offices of Damien’s Gift and take Miriam and Leonard prisoner. Their intent is to force Miriam to make a video showing abject fear…but Speedball, who was shown the film of the takeover while in Washington, called on Jocasta to send him through to Stamford, where he takes on the villainesses. The battle goes back and forth, Robbie against the bad ladies, until Sister Dream casts an image of the dead of Stamford rising up, including Damien Sharpe, causing SB and Miriam to pass out from terror. The Sisters plan to execute Speedball, Miriam, and Leonard on a livestream…and then the people of Stamford burst in, ready to fight back….

“The Chosen, part 2 of 3: The Stars are Right” 4/5
Writer: Fred Van Lente. Art: Alessandro Vitti. Colors: Java Tartaglia. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: The five young heroes fight the Shark Men while Power Man relates their history as an ancient people who allied with the Nazis during the War and were defeated by the Sub-Mariner, now waiting for the return of their Dark God. Each uses their own special powers to defeat the enemy. Then the huge Helicarrier they are stranded on picks up speed soaring through the air. Amadeus Cho points out that they are the latest manifestations of eternal archetypes: X-23 (Wolverine), Thunderstrike (Thor), Spider-Girl (Spider-Man), and Power Man (Iron Fist), destined to be a team. At this the others figure out that Amadeus is the one who brought them all together against their wills and threaten him. He reveals that the ship they are on is on a collision course with Honolulu to finish what it started in World War 2….

“A Moment with…Dust” 4/5
Writer: Howard Chaykin. Art: Howard Chaykin. Colors: Edgar Delgado. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: As the Mideast crumbles, Arabic hero Dust joins Rockslide in rescuing endangered Jews because they all have faith if not the same god….

“Fear & Self-Loathing in Wisconsin” 4/5
Writer: Elliott Kalan. Art: Ty Templeton. Colors: David Curiel. Letters: Dave Lanphear.

Synopsis: The people of Wisconsin rise up against the Great Lakes Avengers (Big Bertha, Flatman, Mr Immortal, Doorman) for a variety of silly reasons and besiege their home; after a skirmish, the heroes get fed up and escape via Doorman. Mr. Immortal suggests they do something heroic to get back in Milwaukee’s good graces; they encounter an aging Asbestos Man who is looking for a way to regain his fearsome reputation. The heroes are afraid to attack him because of the nasty properties of asbestos so the bad guy just gives up. The good guys sit with him and commiserate. Some people tell the GLA that the angry mob convinced them that the team is nothing to fear so they go back to ignoring them. The heroes go for ice cream.




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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Jocasta
Jocasta

(Jocasta Pym)
Speedball
Speedball

(Robbie Baldwin)
Spider-Girl
Spider-Girl

(Anya Corazon)

Plus: Asbestos Man, Big Bertha, Doorman, Dust (Sooriya Qadir), Flatman, Great Lakes Avengers, Mastermind Excello (Amadeus Cho), Mr Immortal, Power Man (Victor Alvarez), Sisters of Sin, Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson), X-23 (Laura Kinney).

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