Fear Itself: Sin’s Past #1: Review

Apr 2011
Jim McCann, Stefano Landini

Story Name:

Born in Sin

Review & Comments

2 stars

Fear Itself: Sin’s Past #1 Review by (January 8, 2013)
Review: What was this? The title implies it will be a review of Sin’s life and career. I know it was going to be a mostly reprint issue but why would the only reprint be the “I Was a Teenage Cap” storyline from CAPTAIN AMERICA #355-357? No origin? No examination of her aging/de-aging/brainwashing/recovery/mutilation other than a brief summary? Just a reprint of a two-and-a-half issue story arc where she doesn’t play an especially significant role (and one that can easily be mocked to boot)? Glad I didn’t pay full price for this.

Comments: Story takes place not long after the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA #615. New material consists of a four-page prologue and a two-page epilogue. Issue includes a cover gallery and a text article by Jess Harrold “Seven Deadly Stories of Sin,” containing an actual review of her career.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: Sin’s Past #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Steve Rogers is at the scene of the bombed Statue of Liberty, knowing that the government will be using all of its powers to track down Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter who was responsible for the terror attack. But Steve knows they don’t have the full story, how she was rejected by her father who wanted a son and was raised by Mother Night to be a warrior through suffering. The Skull, pleased with her progress, had her artificially aged and made her the head of the cult Sisters of Sin. After the Skull’s apparent death, she went back to the Sisters and Cap again tried to help her…

The bulk of the issue is a reprint of the stories from CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #355-357 wherein Cap is magically transformed into a teenager so he can investigate undercover the disappearances of several teens. He finds his way to a camp which is run by Mother Night and the Sisters of Sin as a training ground for urban terrorists and shuts the place down.

The stories are found here: #355 "Missing Persons," #356 "Camptown Rages!", and the first half of #357 "Night of Sin." Original creators: writer: Mark Gruenwald; pencilers: Rich Buckler and Al Milgrom; inker: Al Milgrom; colorist: Tom Smith.

In an epilogue, Steve completes the resume of Sin’s career: how she was taken into a SHIELD program to reverse the Red Skull’s brainwashing, how her rescue by Crossbones revealed that her vicious nature was too deep to eradicate, how her face was gruesomely disfigured during the "Death of Captain America" adventure. He then calls Tony Stark to assemble the Avengers; she must be stopped at all costs….

Stefano Landini
Stefano Landini
Chris Sotomayor
Stephanie Hans (Cover Penciler)
Stephanie Hans (Cover Inker)
Stephanie Hans (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Mother Night, Sin (Synthia Schmidt).

> Fear Itself: Sin’s Past : Book info and issue index

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