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Original Sin #1: Review

May 2014
Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

No One is Watching

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Original Sin #1 Review by (May 10, 2014)
Review: So starts Marvel’s big event of the season and it mainly sets up the rest of the series: a major problem arises, heroes are recruited and sent off in teams to do we don’t quite know what yet. Which leaves a few things to discover in the upcoming issues (such as, why are they going underground to solve a crime on the moon?) Fortunately, all the teasers for upcoming entries and spin-offs have madE it clear this isn’t just a murder mystery but will unveil the darkest secrets of the MU…I hope this isn’t “Everything you know is wrong” packaged in bulk; it was hard enough keeping respect for many of these characters after Civil War. And then again, FEAR ITSELF didn’t resemble its buildup which promised heroes dealing with the fears of ordinary folk; no one’s everyday fear is the Hulk with a magic hammer. Most of that event’s theme seemed tucked away in the tie-in comics, so I hope this isn’t another bait-and switch. Anyway, writer Jason Aaron quickly sketches in the multitude of characters very quickly and comes up with some unusual groupings (Ant-Man Black Panther, and Emma Frost? Dr Strange and the Punisher??) and Mike Deodato contributes his usual fairly realistic art with a darker look that suits this pseudo-noir. I’m coming back for issue #2 if only to see where this goes.

Comments: The title page quotes Romans 6:23 from the New Testament “The wages of sin is death;” the verse goes on “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord;” I’m pretty sure Marvel isn’t going there. Ant-Man is Scott Lang; Eric O’Grady was killed in SECRET AVENGERS #23-25.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Original Sin #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Uatu the Watcher stands on the moon, observing all that takes place on Earth. Now he knows that something is going to happen to him, and he sees his visitor…then his moon base explodes….

At a steak house enjoying a meal are Captain America, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Nick Fury, all in civilian clothes. While Fury relates the tale of the best steak he had ever eaten (at the Battle of Bastogne with Cap and Bucky), they are interrupted by Steve’s phone. It is an urgent call from Thor; Cap and the others invite the retired Nick Fury along with them. They board Fury’s flying car and head to the moon. They are met by Iron Man and Thor who explains that he was flying to Midgard when drops of blood hit his face. He descended to the moon to investigate and he shows them what he found: the Watcher, dead with a bullet hole in the forehead, his eyes missing and his base ransacked. Cap asks Nick Fury to head up the investigation but Fury warns that this could lead to some dark places….

Black Panther is contacted and recruited by a mysterious figure to follow-up in "some places the Avengers wouldn’t dare [to]." His team will be Emma Frost and Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and they will be heading underground in a drill-machine….

In Los Angeles, Dr Strange and the Punisher are interrogating a prisoner and the more merciful wizard knows the man has told them all he can and teleports him to an unpleasant dimension; the Punisher is not thrilled. They will be heading to another dimension….

Winter Soldier and Moon Knight fly into space to pick up Gamora, to continue the investigation off-world….

Cap and Fury are still at the crime scene; Cap has SHIELD and SWORD looking over space surveillance record for clues. Black Widow presents them with the glowing green bullet she extracted from Uatu’s head. They get a call from Earth: a Mindless One is on a rampage in New York with the Thing trying to stop it. Spider-Man shows up to kibitz and suddenly, the Mindless One has a mind—it’s in pain from its new awareness. It mentions having gone to the moon and being changed. The monster draws the Ultimate Nullifier and, worn down by the burden of sin it sees, nullifies itself. Cap, Black Widow, Logan and Fury arrive and the latter declares this a crime scene…..

As the teams head off to their various destinations, we see elsewhere that the mysterious villains cannot control their Mindless Ones because the creatures are evolving too quickly. But the mastermind isn’t worried; he has the eye of the Watcher….


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Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover Penciler)
Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover Inker)
Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Punisher
Punisher

(Frank Castle)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Emma Frost, Mindless Ones.