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Fear Itself ROCKS in my opinion
on 19 October 2012
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.
So read this book and its tie-ins if you want a beautifully drawn story that is packed with action involving heroes and villains spread across the globe culminating with a showdown in Broxton, Ohio. If you want politics, or Dickensian dialogue, don't read it. Or comics in general for that matter.
Also read Fear Itself: The Fearless to find out what happened next.