Original Sin #7 (Comics Review)

This is it. We are in the final phase of Original Sin and the event is now wrapping itself up. Lots of secrets have been revealed in the pages of Hulk vs Iron Man, Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm, The Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil among others. Marvel’s superheroes have all faced up to some incredible revelations till now and there is no stopping the flood, especially not when the man they trusted above all others has turned against them it seems. Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato have had a great run till now, but still, I think they are kind of tapping out on the steam.

The previous issue of the event series was packed with a hell of a lot of action and the heroes finally faced up to the big manipulator of Nick Fury himself, a Nick Fury who has been around for far longer than any of them thought or could have imagined. And things are moving into gear as Dr. Midas, Exterminatrix and The Orb lay down their own final plan and begin to face up to the heroes once more. Story-wise this issue was somewhat weak and uninteresting but the art still looks good thankfully, despite the fact that sometimes Deodato goes too small-scale in his panels.

Unlike the last issue, this issue’s cover reflects pretty accurately what is happening here, for Nick Fury does go all-out on the Avengers and other heroes to execute the final stages of his crazy plan to find a successor for himself. He has had a long and storied career, much of which is surrounded in secrecy the likes of which even Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow couldn’t imagine, and now the man is pretty much done. He has no qualms about what he is doing now, no need for forgiveness from any of them. He is doing his duty and to hell with everything else because his duty is to the entire Earth and not to a fraction of its inhabitants or anything like that.

The thing about this issue is that the story was stretched really thin. It all boiled down to Nick Fury taking on the heroes and laying the smack on them. He counters both Iron Man and Thor in really badass ways but it all just raises more questions, especially given that Thor is soon going to not be worthy of his hammer Mjolnir and that in the pages of Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm he has just found out that he has a sister. What Fury does in this issue to Thor and Iron Man is perhaps setting the stage for their reversals and reboots this October when new versions of the characters are launched but I think that here they were handled rather bluntly. Not something I was looking forward to.

Aaron has tried to set up Dr. Midas, Exterminatrix and the Orb as some fairly powerful villains in this meta-story but the thing is that they have been absent from the story for far too much and the recent revelations don’t really match up to the myth that Aaron was building around them. Original Sin #7 is a fairly decent story but it doesn’t really match up to the previous issues, not at all. I wanted more reasons to care about these three B-list villains, but that never happened sadly.

However, the cliffhanger ending was awesome. Aaron has used cliffhangers all throughout the series and that kind of rankles now at the end, but at least the cliffhanger was good and it raises some really interesting questions about Uatu the Watcher’s place in the grand scheme of things and it all even ties into the flashbacks we saw in Mark Waid’s Original Sin #0.

Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, VC’s Chris Eliopoulos and Julian Totino Tedesco return for another round in this issue and I have to say that I really did like the art here. Lots of splash page-style art here which really focuses on the action and the characters, with Old Fury really getting to kick a lot of butt all throughout. There are some more flashbacks in this issue that deal with what happened to the Watcher before he died and while the mystery is there still, the artwork is astounding, to say the least, more since Deodato is really able to capture’s Uatu’s expressions in those panels.

All in all, this was a decent issue, but the thing is that Aaron has dragged out the mystery for far too long and we still don’t really know what the “Original Sin” is. There are lots of different things here that could be “Original Sin” but there is just too much uncertainty here. Hopefully the finale will clear it all up and Aaron is able to redeem himself at the end! Just one more issue to go!

Rating: 8/10

More Original Sin#0, #1, #2, #3, #3.1, #4, #5, #5.1, #6.

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Posted on August 17, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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