Original Sin #1 (Comics Review)

So it begins, yet another summer event from Marvel, and he second one to have begun this year, after Charles Soule’s Inhumans, which is also currently ongoing. Marvel loves its events, that’s for sure, because the publisher keeps putting out new crossovers and events one after the other, almost without break. A couple weeks or so back, Marvel released special one-shot for its upcoming Original Sin crossover event. Written by Mark Waid, it told the tale of the current Human Nova Sam Alexander having a bit of a chat with Uatu the Watcher. It was a fairly good story with art to match, and it introduced Uatu’s origins quite nicely.

Released today and from the pen of Jason Aaron doing his first solo event, we have Original Sin #1, which deals with our various heroes as they begin an investigation into Uatu’s murder and the theft of several priceless and dangerous artifacts from Uatu’s base on the Moon. It really is a gripping and a suitably epic feel to it, given how many characters we end meeting here. But where the story is good, the art is not-so-good. I can’t be sure, but I think this is my first Mike Deodato comic, and the experience is rather negative I’m afraid.

Original Sin 01Original Sin is basically set up as being this one big murder mystery. First of all, just who could kill a cosmically powerful being like the Watcher? Then, how could someone kill a cosmically powerful being like the Watcher? These are the two questions that Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Wolverine and Nick Fury have to answer when they find Uatu’s body on the Moon, with his brains blown out and his eyes removed. This all spinballs really fast after that, with several other heroes getting drawn in, heroes like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Emma Frost, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, Gamora and The Thing. That is quite a heady cast indeed and serves to show just how epic this entire event is.

The best element of the issue though is how Jason Aaron portrays the character dynamics between the entire cast. We have the team of the Avengers of course, and their shared moment at some out-of-the-way rib-joint when they get the call from Thor. We have Winter Soldier and Moon Knight together. Emma Frost and Scott Lang. Dr. Strange and Punisher. Spider-Man and The Thing. Honestly, what’s not to like about this issue? Lots of characters and lots of great back-and-forth between all of them. For this issue at least, Jason Aaron keeps things on the straight and narrow and things never get confusing, so that’s a great thing indeed.

What I’m looking for in this book is more than just a spectacle, I’m looking for characters actually changing as they go through the event. Marvel’s events have been rather mediocre of late, from what I’ve read, and from that, the only recent crossover that I like is Infinity, which was pretty much close to being a perfect event as far as the core event series is concerned. With Jason Aaron providing a much-needed fresh voice in the events department, hopefully we are going to get something that is more than just what it appears on the surface, something more than just being a hero vs hero duke ’em out. I love what he’s done on Thor: The God of Thunder and his work on Wolverine and the X-Men and Amazing X-Men has also been fairly decent, so I have high hopes for this title.

Given how this issue ends, I’m hoping to see some mysteries answered in the next issue, and hopefully that will be quite soon.

While Mike Deodato handles the pencilwork and inks, Frank Martin handles the colours and VC’s Chris Eliopoulos handles the letters with Julian Totino Tedesco providing the so-so cover. My problem with the artwork here was that too much of it, especially the background, is computer-generated. And it really stands out in stark contrast to the characters themselves. The layers are not mixed in well, and it shows that the characters have been photoshopped-in over these backgrounds. So not the kind of art I was looking for. Plus often the shading and the inks go overboard, so that the issue appears darker and grimmer than it should. But, the colours were good, so that’s a saving grace here.

Overall, the story is off to a great start, but the art isn’t, and is going to need some significant improvements as time goes on.

Rating: 7.5/10

More Original Sin: #0.

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Posted on May 7, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

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