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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846534941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846534942
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on 19 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
Having been out of Marvel comics for about 20 years, the new movies had me clawing my way back in ever so slightly. This was the first of Marvel's 'events' that I had actually read, and I decided to collect the individual issues, rather than wait for the trade paperback.

So my review is based on the whole Fear Itself concept, rather than just this book, although I will try and mention just this element of the event. I've also read the reviews here and can fully understand why it's received some negative vibes.

First of all and simply put - I loved it. From the artwork to the storyline. It has sucked me in and I'm now in the process of obtaining all the previous events over the last few years so that I can catch up. I would put it slightly behind Civil War in the ratings war, but only just.

I'm a huge fan of the Thor stories surrounding Asgard and Broxton, so fans of that should enjoy Fear Itself, seeing as though it is mainly an Asgardian family-issues storyline. Add some Red Skull family-issues, and the 'Worthy' beating down on the world, and our heroes being up against it, and what you've got is an action packed story that has had me reading it over and over again - surely the end product of any comic creator.

It's true what other reviewers have stated - that it requires reading the tie-ins to fully understand the story. To enhance your reading pleasure, you should concentrate on the following tie-ins: The Mighty Thor, Invincible Iron Man, Avengers and Journey Into Mystery. Spiderman, Home Front, The Deep and others are good but not overly necessary unless you want to be a completist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SK on 15 July 2012
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My angle is one who follows Thor, Iron man and Deadpool.

Fear itself is...good. It is not amazing. It can be annoying, but it depends on how in depth you are about things.

First, the art style is moderate at best. A lot of fighting with a lot of complex emotions which don't always marry well in the artwork but visually it's acceptable.

Second, at the current price of £10-12, this is very reasonable given the lenght of the story.

Third, the story itself is good. In fact it's about the best thing. However, many reviewers pointed out that it links to things happening in other comics. I'm afraid they are absolutely right. In fact if I didn't follow the Iron man comics there was a point in the story when he was with a group of them, and then he's not and trying peddle his way on his own for NO reason (except there is a reason just in another comic). So yes there are times when the storyline jumps, and accepts that the reader knows what's going on elsewhere. Now, it is still possible to follow things without resorting to the other comics, but it does help. I must point out it does this a limited number of times that I was aware of (but clearly there are other links that aren't that obvious at first). I am in now way suggesting you go out and get the other comics, but as a stondalone piece, this story does poorly at certain times.

Overall, I give it a 3 because the story is good, but let down with the jumping around. I am sort of including the Iron man arc in that too as it did help my enjoyment. But I did put down the book at a certain point, and pick up the Iron man fear itself and then continue on after. By the way, the Iron man book contains a very serious spoiler at the end so be warned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Another year, another Marvel comics event. The concept this time around? Odin's brother has become free for the first time in centuries from his underwater cell and with the help of eight magical weapons, he turns heroes into super-villains with the power to destroy the Earth! Avengers! Assemble!

It's not the best setup given its just superheroes fighting for the entire book. The good guys sustain some losses, a couple of major characters die (but you know they'll be back, as ever), but eventually the bad guys will lose. So what's entertaining about this book? Not much unfortunately. Lots of hammy dialogue from the villain ("now I will rule the Earth, kneel before me!" etc.etc), Cap's shield breaks (but is soon replaced) and there are "dark" versions of Hulk, Thing, and a few others who fight the good guys, but fight scenes don't make for a very gripping read, they just look cool on the page.

The problem is there isn't much substance here. The idea doesn't really allow for much leeway as the only real person who can defeat this ultimate creature is Thor so we have to wait until Thor steps up before the book is over. Meanwhile it's the other superheroes who're checking their watches and doing the usual superhero nonsense.

Strangely, the interesting stuff happens in the epilogue. I won't give away what happens but Hulk's storyline is fascinating and one I definitely want to read. "Fear Itself" though? Unless you're a die-hard Marvel fan it's not something you'd want to read either. Unless fight scene upon fight scene and predictable endings are your bag in which case this book has both in abundance.
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