Friday, 15 August 2014

Original Sin #7 Review (Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato)


The cat’s out of the bag – sort of – and Nick Fury’s looking very, very guilty in the case of who shot the big bald toga-lover, The Watcher. Fury’s sporting some super-powerful alien tech suit and taking on everyone in the Marvel Universe – and is somehow winning?! – while muttering something about how he’s doing it for the good of everyone, etc. etc. Because that always sounds sane.

There are flashbacks galore in this issue which take us to the day of The Watcher’s murder, showing that it was (of course) more complicated than someone going into his house and shooting him dead. Midas, Orb, and co. are implicated, as is Fury, but Jason Aaron’s still keeping us on the hook as to who decisively killed old Uatu, with the next and final issue hopefully containing the answer.

Whether you enjoy this issue or not depends on how invested you are in the murder mystery, and I haven’t been 100% interested in Aaron’s superhero police procedural, mostly because it’s been a superhero police procedural. To make things worse, this issue is all superhero action, ie. lots of pointless fighting that eats up the page count and does little else, so it’s a bit of a snoozer. Superhero action, with its zero consequences, always bores me.

Mike Deodato’s art is really good and does justice to Aaron’s bombastic set pieces like Hulk being slammed into the moon, Orb doing nutty magic stuff with the Watcher’s eyes, and Fury proving that this old fogey can still teach those young whippersnappers a thing or two, consarnit!

Original Sin #7’s not a terrible comic, it’s just not for me. I’ll read the final issue to complete the story but my attitude to the whole event is summed up with Rocket Raccoon’s comment in this issue that he’s done, he doesn’t know why he’s even here and he hates everyone involved anyway.

Original Sin #7

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