Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)

This event is shaping up to be a good one.

No matter the menace, Marvel's superhero community has always had some big hitters who could come to the rescue - but this issue of Fear Itself poses the problem: what do the heroes do when their biggest guns are taken away?

Here we see Thor and the Asgardians being led by Odin into a full retreat from the world of men. The enemy, known as The Serpent (or the All-Father) is gathering his forces - and the power level is off the scale.

There's a strong undercurrent of fear here, as we tap into news reports of disaster and destruction around the world. It's almost a little too real, as anyone who watches the news regularly can attest.

This issue includes one image that's a bit too disturbing - even 10 years later, it's difficult to see images of mass destruction on the scale of 9/11. (Maybe that's just me.)

Writer Matt Fraction has set up a terrific challenge for the heroes of the world, and artists Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger are providing some amazing images.

From the Asgardian exodus, with the landmass of Asgard seeming to follow in their wake, to the unveiling of The Worthy and the mass destruction of the first attack, the art is simply stunning.

The best stories make you wonder: how will this be resolved? I have no idea, but I'm dying to see what happens next.

Grade: A


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