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Original Sin #6: Review

Jul 2014
Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

Open Your Eye

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Original Sin #6 Review by (July 19, 2014)
Review: Okay, we’re up to issue #6 and Nick Fury is still explaining being Protector of the Earth for all these years with no hint being given at any point earlier (it already seemed he was everywhere all the time). Now the Avengers have shown up to learn all this (next issue) and the third-rate baddies from the early issues are on their way. Deodato’s art is still solid, pushed into unusual shapes by the moving panel divisions. And it looks like the whole central miniseries will be devoted to the Watcher’s murder while all the interesting stuff is in the tie-ins. So here’s my prediction: Fury dies, Winter Soldier takes his place as the “Man in the Wall,” and Marvel can try to pretend that Nick Fury has always been black (so as not to confuse movie fans picking up the comics for the first time) while they go about completely changing Cap, Thor, and Iron Man (to totally baffle any first time readers).

Comments: The Thing (Ben Grimm) is pictured on the cover but does not appear inside the issue. Oh yeah and the cover as a whole has nothing to do with the story either.


Original Sin #6 Review by (July 20, 2014)
Mighty Avengers #12 should have come out in the 1st week and Amazing Spider-Man #4 in the 2nd, but they've both been delayed to next week.

This week:- NOVA #19 Rocket Raccoon (GotG movie again) joins Nova on his quest to find out if his Nova Corps dad was really a bad guy. But can he really trust the answer he's getting? ORIGINAL SIN #3.2 Delayed from last week. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner both separately try to find out the whether Tony really did sabotage the Gamma Bomb. (Tony can't remember because he was drunk.) Then Bruce upgrades his Extremis to become an intelligent Hulk. UNCANNY X-MEN #23 This is really only the lead up to the 'secret' that will be the Last Will and Testament of Prof X. And the secret isn't revealed by the Eye.

ORIGINAL SIN #5.1 Thor learns from the Eye in OS#3 that he has a sister and that there was a Tenth Asgardian Realm. Freya tells him his sister was killed as a baby in a war against the Angels of the Tenth Realm. And Odin severed that Realm from the others. But the Eye told Thor his sister is still alive, and he and young Loki find a way to the 10th Realm. But old Loki knows that the sister is Angela of the GotG (another indirect plug for the film). ORIGINAL SINS #3 The standalone 1st story is a plug for the Inhumanity/Inhuman series. Lineage (previously only seen in Inhuman #2) is 1 of the new wave of Inhumans, who learns (indirectly) from the Eye that Black Bolt attacked a bunch of Kree soldiers on Earth. Apparently this will cause something bad in the near future. In the ongoing Young Avengers story the Hood persuades them to help him turn a colander into a Cerebro to drain the Watcher secrets from an apartment block full of junkies. The 2-pager at the back shows us J Jonah Jameson's secret - that his 1st article on Spider-Man praised him. But the Watcher's Eye has nothing to do with this revelation.

Last week:- AVENGERS #32 Delayed from the previous week. The remaining time-travelling Avengers reach 5000 years in the future and meet Franklin Richards and Groot (the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie requires that every other comic issue must now mention them). But at least it has a lot to do with the 'revealed' secret of the multiversal collapse in New Avengers. ALL-NEW INVADERS #7 It turns out that the mission the WWII Invaders went on last issue was Plan A, and Plan B was dropping an atomic bomb on Japan. But Plan A fails. And this is the secret reason revealed by the Eye why the Invaders were responsible for bombing Hiroshima. DEADPOOL #31 Agent Preston has found Deadpool's secret daughter. (While Deadpool's still fighting vampires with Dazzler.) FANTASTIC FOUR #7 It turns out Johnny's meddling with Reed's long-ago experiment to turn Thing back to Ben Grimm *was* important. Apparently *this* procedure would have been a permanent cure (unlike all the others over the years). And not only did Torch mess it up, but he seemingly made it impossible for Ben to *ever* be cured. And Reed and Johnny covered it up. Now Thing loses his temper with Puppet Master, which is presumably what will land him in jail next issue.

The rest of my comments describe recent tie-in issues:-

The villains with Dr Midas are his daughter Exterminatrix and some Mindless Ones. And they're all (including the imprisoned Orb) being changed by what's happened to them. Midas is hoping to find immortality on the Moon, and then come after the Watcher's Eyes. Nick Fury started off in WWII leading the Howling Commandos and graduated to leading SHIELD in the 'present' day. Of course as the present day got increasingly further from the 1940's, Marvel had to come up with a reason why Fury didn't get any older. In Marvel Spotlight #31 they 'revealed' that head come into possession of the Infinity Formula, a drug to keep him young. But he used up the last of his stock to save the lives of Mockingbird (New Avengers (2010) #13) and Bucky (Fear Itself #7.1). It's ironic that Iron Man finds that the advanced Nick Fury LMD contains a mixture of alien technologies, since that's exactly what he's been doing with the alien tech in Recorder 451's database in his own series. The Avengers doing the 'autopsy' on the LMD with IM are Black Widow, Captain America and Wolverine. When they reach the Moon they've been augmented by Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hulk, Luke Cage, Spider-Man and Thor At the end Nick Fury has replaced his eyepatch with some sort of cyborg eyepiece. By the way, the group of heroes with Nick Fury still includes Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, just in case you've forgotten there's a certain film just released.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Original Sin #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The villains led by Dr Midas are in a hijacked ship heading for a specific point in the ocean. When they reach it, Midas pays off the captain—by turning him to gold. Midas then reveals his Space Vessel Midas 17 and his plan to return to the moon to loot the rest of the late Watcher’s home….

On the moon, Emma Frost assures everyone that this aged Nick Fury is the real one and not another Life Model Decoy. Black Panther demands to know from Fury what happened to the Watcher. Fury thinks back several weeks to a time when he was gravely ill, the Watcher suddenly appeared before him in a maddening silence…. Fury reveals that he is dying because the Infinity Formula has been used up and he recruited all the present heroes to investigate his past as the "Man in the Wall," i.e. the Earth’s guardian, in order to select from them the one who will take his place….

Back at Avengers Tower, the heroes led by Captain America and Iron Man have discovered the Nick Fury LMD "killed" by the Winter Soldier. Iron Man is able to track it to its origin before it self-destructs. Tony announces they are going to the Moon and Cap calls, "Avengers assemble!"….

The real Fury meanwhile is still bickering with the heroes about his sanity and intentions. When the signal that the LMD on Earth has self-destructed, Fury zaps Bucky and seizes the Watcher’s eye. The LMDs fight with the heroes so that Fury can escape to the jail where The Orb is being held, and demand to know how to open it to access the secrets but the Orb can’t tell him. At this point the Avengers arrive and they are met by Nick Fury prepared for action and holding a massive gun and both of the Watcher’s eyes….


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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)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Punisher
Punisher

(Frank Castle)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Watcher
Watcher

(Uatu)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Dr Midas, Emma Frost, Exterminatrix, Mindless Ones, The Orb.