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Fear Itself #6: Review

Sep 2011
Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen

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Fear Itself 6: Blood-Tied and Doomed

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3 stars

Fear Itself #6 Review by (September 28, 2011)
Review: Penultimate issue is largely a set-up for the big climax: the Avengers make a stand, Tony Stark has his weapons, Thor is ready to die, and the villains are only yards from their objective. As such not a lot happens other than brief star turns by selected characters. The matter that struck me is a theological point: Odin is willing to sacrifice the world to save his son; in Christianity God sacrificed His Son to save the world. There’s a bit of a difference there. Anyway, let’s see if they can wrap this epic up in one more issue since they are promising no less than this year’s apocalypse.

Comments: The title comes from a famous quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Cameos by Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Protector, Mockingbird, Red Hulk, Spider-Woman, Wolverine.

Fear Itself #6 Review by (February 12, 2013)
I'll put 3 more issues before FI#6:- In Avengers Academy #19 the team stop Absorbing Man/Greithoth & Titania/Skirn using the Infinite Mansion to destroy New York. The villains are then called by Serpent to the final battle in FI#6. Journey Into Mystery #627 has a no-Loki interlude as Mephisto tells us how the supernatural community is reacting to FI. Then in Journey Into Mystery #628 Loki and his allies Destroyer, Leah, Tyr and a Disir break into Dark Asgard to take a book out of the library. Finally Invincible Iron Man #508 runs parallel to FI#6 as the Dwarf-made weapons get Uru-coated and Odin-blessed, including Iron Man's armour. Plus Rescue and the Detroit Steel Corps continue to fight Grey Gargoyle/Mokk and each other.

We have some stuff now that occurs during or immediately after FI#5:- Avengers #17 is another final tie-in. Protector finishes off Sin/Skadi's army in NY (placing this at the end of FI#5), but she escapes to Dark Asgard. In the new mini-series FI: Hulk Vs Dracula #1-2, Hulk/Nul's Thor-powered flight from New York in FI#5 lands him in the Carpathian Mountains facing Dracula's army. There'll be a 3rd issue next month. FI: The Home Front #6 has Speedball coming to the aid of Miriam Sharpe, who's been reporting his deeds online, to save her from the Sisters of Sin, Sin's old posse. (This is after Dark Asgard rises in FI#5.) Meanwhile(-ish) Amadeus Cho's new group are fighting Shark Men, ancient worshipper's of the Serpent. Cho brought the group together because they are young representations of major Marvel heroes. Now they have to stop a helicarrier crashing into Hawaii.

I place 3 conclusions and a continuation before FI#5:- In Alpha Flight #4 it turns out that their old foe the Master of the World is behind the Canadian dictatorship. This story as the last FI tie-in, but it will continue without the FI banner. FI: Uncanny X-Force #3 finishes up with the team defeating the Purifiers' insane leader. New Avengers #16 is the last tie-in. Daredevil fights Sin/Skadi's army in New York, and joins the NAv. New Mutants #31 doesn't end its involvement yet, as the gang join together to help Hela fight Serpent's minions in Hel.

I place the next 2 entries before FI#4:- Ghost Rider #3 really continues its own story. But Hawkeye, Ms Marvel and Spider-Woman come across the effects of Ghost Rider in Colombia while driving from Brazil where they fought Hulk/Null in FI#3/Avengers #15. They're back in New York in FI#4. FI: Youth In Revolt #5 has the scattered team facing huge problems trying to save people from danger. There are conclusions to 3 arcs that started around FI#4:- In FI: Wolverine #3 the insane STRIKE leader tries to nuke Manhattan, but Wolvie disarms the bomb. Avengers Tower falls in this issue. In Uncanny X-Men #543 it's Colossus/Juggernaut vs Cain Marko/Kuurth until Serpent recalls Kuurth to save him. And FI: The Deep #4 sees even more old Defenders brought in to help defeat Attuma/Nerkodd and his minions.

The tie-ins start to wind down as Fear Itself nears its close, with many runs concluding. But FI: Hulk vs Dracula bucks the trend by beginning this month, as does the 1-issue Monkey King. FI: Fearsome Four #4 finishes as the FF defeat their specific fears, and help Man-Thing resist the general fear. MT's role in Thunderbolts means this mini-series was set around FI#2. FI: The Monkey King gives MK's origin. Plus after Iron Man 2.0 #5-7 he decides to become a hero. That connection leads me to put this before FI#3. In Heroes For Hire #11 the team continue their fights with the Fear Monster and Raft escapees that began around FI#3. In Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #523 BP ends his involvement in the Event by defeating Hate-Monger & American Panther. This too began around FI#3, but may have lasted longer.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After Thor has fallen in battle against the combined might of the transformed Hulk and Thing, the Avengers rush him to the ruins of Avengers Tower. Their plan is to transport him to Asgard by means of Heimdall’s observatory. To keep the watching citizens from sinking into despair, a handful of heroes led by Luke Cage elect to remain behind to give aid and comfort. Captain America leads the team bearing Thor to Asgard where Odin has assembled his Worldburner Legion to stop the Serpent by destroying the Earth. The Avengers arrive in Asgard where Cap demands that Odin heal Thor since he is needed to help the Earth people fight Odin’s war. A disgusted and embarrassed Odin sends the Avengers back to Earth with a wave of his hand, and carries his wounded son to a place of healing. Having landed in Broxton, site of the fallen Asgard, the Avengers are dismayed when Cap announces they have to evacuate Earth….

As he hears the reports of chaos and terror filling Earth, the Serpent exults in his impending victory. He orders his forces to converge on the World Tree, destroying everything in their path, ending with Odin and his family. When Skadi reminds him of the prophecy that Thor will kill him, the Serpent reveals that he was preparing it all for her the whole time….

Spider-Man has circled Manhattan three times searching the bridges for his Aunt May. When he finally finds her he confirms that she is all right. Claiming Peter Parker sent him to find her, and he says that Peter is well too. May insists that Spider-Man return to battle to fulfill his responsibility….

In Asgard, Odin pleads with the recuperating Thor to refrain from involving himself in Odin’s war. The Thunder God insists he will not stand by as a world is sacrificed to save their own…and he learned that from Odin. Seeing that Thor is adamant, Odin presents him with the armor he wore when he defeated the Serpent all those years ago but it will not protect him completely. Thor dons the armor, then asks Odin the serious question: is the Serpent the true All-Father? Odin doesn’t answer directly but reminds Thor that he has been trying to protect his people from this beast for millennia. He then presents Thor with the OdinswordRagnarok—which can kill the Serpent. Later Odin and Thor meet with Tony Stark in Svartalfheim where the black elves present the weapons they have made for Stark. Tony explains how each one is designed for a specific Avenger but he himself will be clad in his Iron Man armor. In order to receive Odin’s blessing the weapons must be dipped in a cauldron of molten Uru. Before this happens, Odin gives Thor one last chance to back down; then grants him until the shadow of the Serpent falls across the World Tree to defeat the enemy—then the forces of Asgard will obliterate the Earth. At this point the weapons are hurled into the Uru cauldron—and Iron Man dives in with them….

In Broxton, Captain America orders the Avengers to prevent the Serpent from reaching the World Tree while he goes to man the line. Cap joins the defenders of the town at the barricades just as the Serpent’s floating city comes into view. Cap announces that he is making a stand right here and invites anyone who wants to join him to stand by his side. As the villain, backed by the host of the Worthy, grins in anticipation, Cap says, "Let’s see what makes you afraid…."

Stuart Immonen
Wade Von Grawbadger
Chris Eliopoulos
Stuart Immonen (Cover Penciler)
Wade Von Grawbadger (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
May Parker
May Parker

(Aunt May)

(Peter Parker)

(Ben Grimm)


Plus: Serpent (Cul Borson), Sin (Synthia Schmidt), Worthy.

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