Original Sin #5 (Comics Review)

In its first two months, Marvel’s latest event series Original Sin has been all about the central mystery of who killed the Watcher Uatu, the silent witness and guardian to all the momentous events of the past, present and the future. He’s been around for all the momentous galaxy-shattering events that have taken place in the Marvel Universe and now he’s dead through person(s) unknown, as we saw at the end of Original Sin #0. The subsequent issues have done quite a marvelous job of setting up the mystery and keeping a reader like me interested in the whole thing.

Surprisingly, Original Sin #5 is largely a narrated flashback that allows us to learn more about the real Nick Fury and what he’s been upto all these years. It is a very character-oriented notable for that very fact. But the thing is that this promises to be a big speedbump in the ongoing story and that this slowdown proves to be not a good approach in any way since we still know so little by the central mystery. Still, Jason Aaron’s script is something to marvel at and the same goes for the artwork, which is gorgeous as ever.

At the end of the previous issue we saw the heroes confront someone who appeared to be Nick Fury, plus his clones or something to that effect. It was one hell of a twist in the story, that’s for sure and in Original Sin #5 writer Jason Aaron deals with that revelation in an oblique sense as we get the life story of this particular Nick Fury, someone who appears to be far older than he should be, not to mention all the clones that surround him.

As a character-oriented piece, and in strictly in the sense that this provides some explanations for the cliffhanger of Original Sin #4, Original Sin #5 is easily a great issue in terms of the writing. Jason Aaron uses the opportunity of this issue to lay out as much of this Nick Fury’s history as possible and we begin to see just how big the web of deception woven by him is, and it is quite big indeed, in both space and time.

Given that we know next to nothing about the death of Uatu, I was really expecting for the other shoe to drop in this issue, so to speak. What I wanted was answers more than anything else, for the story was being dragged out a bit too much, and I really wanted to get all the answers. In that regard this issue is most disturbing and inconsequential for it doesn’t really get you to believe in the two characters who could really help us in this event.

With Original Sin #5 being largely a narrated flashback, it means that we don’t really get to see any differing viewpoints or even the larger picture as we did with the previous issues, and that kind of provides a nice change of pace, but I believe that this could very well have been left to deal with in a one-shot or something that came out just after the previous issue in the intervening week between issues #4 and #5. Still, this is what it is, and I kind of liked the story here, which adds a lot to Nick Fury’s character and also ties in with some of the revelations we see in issues #2 and #3

The pacing of this issue can be off at times, especially once Howard Stark enters the picture, for that is when the comic kicks into some serious overdrive, but at the same time, kudos to Jason Aaron for being so experimental in his very first event series.

As before, Mike Deodato excels himself with his pencils, while Frank Martin’s colours add a lot to the overall experience as well. The expressions on all the characters involved, especially Nick Fury himself, are top-notch and I certainly can’t fault the comic for any shortcomings in the story that are inevitably reflected in the artwork. And I’ll admit that is super-awesome to see Nick Fury as a complete badass, standing in space on a very, very small asteroid with a giant sniper gun in his hand. Quite… heroic, I’d say.

Overall, not a bad issue at all.

Rating: 8.5/10

More Original Sin#0, #1, #2, #3, #4.

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Posted on July 2, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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