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Fear Itself: The Fearless #1: Review

Dec 2011
Cullen Bunn, Paul Pelletier

Story Name:

Chapter One: Battle Lines

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 Review by (April 30, 2013)
Review: Epic follow-up to the epic FEAR ITSELF is, well, epic. True, it plays out like a video game (can you collect the eight magic items before the other players do? Then see if you can defeat the end boss!) but it is still a thrill ride. Check out all the guest stars (many of whom are underutilized)! All the action (though it gets a bit repetitive)! All the weird villains (though most of them are not clearly defined)! But if you are in the mood for solid entertainment, you can’t go wrong here. Valkyrie is a cool character who deserves to be in more stuff (besides, she seems quite out of place in the secret agent-oriented SECRET AVENGERS) though her character arc, found mainly in the brief prologues to most of the issues, ends up a bit choppy and disjointed—not to mention the implications for the entire Valkyrior. (Side note: according to the covers, the real star of the series is Valkyrie’s huge metal breasts. Way to stay classy, Marvel.) Sin and Crossbones make a terrific demonic duo, the star turns by the Thing and Daimon Hellstrom stand out, and the final battle is quite satisfying. All-around cool!

Comments: Cameos by Beast, Falcon, Hawkeye, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel during the Avengers clean-up sequence.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: on a snowy battlefield in the Ardennes in 1945, the Valkyrior have been summons to collect the heroic dead. They are aghast to learn they are in Midgard not Asgard. Brunnhilde (the famous Valkyrie) senses that occult magic has brought them here and learns from a dying soldier that it was the world of the occult Thule Society. Suddenly a huge Snow Wyrm bursts from the ground and attacks the heroine; she is determined to slay it before searching for those who summoned the both of them….

In the devastated Washington DC in the wake of the events of FEAR ITSELF, the Avengers are engaged in clean-up and rescue operations. Valkyrie informs Captain America that it is her duty to recover the eight hammers used by the Serpent’s servants, the Worthy, and return them to Asgard for safekeeping. Cap is understandably skeptical of Asgard’s ability to hold on to them and wants Val to join in the world-wide hunt for Sin….

Aboard a yacht where a costume party/shady auction for the elite is under way, a disguised Crossbones meets his contact Belmont. For a price, Belmont turns over the list containing the locations of all of the Serpent’s magic hammers seen in the recent war. As the crooked dealer points out that the villain did not pay enough for exclusive rights to the info, Crossbones takes care of matters in his own way: by blowing up the ship. He turns the list over to Sin, who covets the weapons….

Aboard the Secret Avengers’ Quincarrier, Valkyrie looks at the hammer welded by Skadi (Sin) in its protective case. War Machine comes up behind her to deliver a subtle warning against taking the hammer. She draws her sword and viciously attacks her former ally, knocking him unconscious. When Rhodey awakens, the case is shattered and Skadi’s hammer is gone….



Paul Pelletier
Andy Lanning
Matthew Wilson
Arthur Adams (Cover Penciler)
Arthur Adams (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)
Plot: .

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Valkyrie
Valkyrie

(Brunnhilda)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Sin (Synthia Schmidt).

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