Thursday, June 5, 2014

Original Sin #3 (of 8)

   I have to say, Original Sin is one of the oddest event comics in recent memory.

   On the face of it, this is a murder mystery. Someone has killed Uatu The Watcher - he or she shot him with a gun that fires mysterious green bullets.

   The search has uncovered other victims, including some towering creatures - but we seem no closer to the solution, and the forces behind the killings remain cloaked in mystery.

   The story by Jason Aaron has some gaps in logic. It features different teams of heroes who are sent in search of clues - but we have no idea why they're teamed together. Dr. Strange and the Punisher are exploring alternate dimensions; Moon Knight, Winter Soldier and Gamora are in a distant galaxy; and the Black Panther, Emma Frost and Ant Man are far below the Earth's surface - but why? No idea.

   Ah, and then there's that ending, designed to shock and surprise - though it's hard to imagine either succeeding with the typical reader, who are surely inured to such shenanigans by now. It seems like a stunning event, but it's one that could (and should and darn well better) be easily overturned.

   As always , the art by Mike Deodato is stunning - but so far, the story is pretty hollow, and the horde of spin-offs (wherein heroes must face the painful truth of some aspect of their past that the Watcher's eye has revealed) seem equally thin and dropped into continuity out of nowhere.

   There's still time to turn it around, but so far, this series is not making much of an impact.

Grade: B-


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