It was like this for almost every page of #7, but with dialogue.
Fear Itself's fight sequences were at least engaging.
Last edited by Telos; 05-12-2012 at 09:02 AM.
1) Highly uneven pacing
2) Heavy leaning on the tie ins to do some of the heavy character/plot lifting (T-Bolts, Avengers tie ins, etc.)
3) A non sequitur ending such as Skrulls --> Dark Cabal
Fear Itself had a lot of similar problems that Secret Invasion had such as leaning on tie ins to fill out the happenings of the Worthy, an unnecessarily protracted middle section, and too many tie-ins but just reading the main mini itself it still felt a little more self contained than Secret Invasion and it had an ending to the threat that at least had a somewhat better end game albeit with a silly amount aftermath specials.
Fear Itself books were basically events books telling you they were event books but not actually telling the story an event.
Odin's brother wasn't explained until the last few issues so for most of the story it was just some random guy screaming how he is evil.
These books also had the most perfect example of useless recap pages because what the recap page told you, you were EXACTLY told in the book you were reading and in certain occasions it was repeating in the book SEVERAL TIMES.
And as you can see by my sig.... i think that it was the most horrible event possible EVER.
I mean.... there was one book where Cap went skydiving for NO reason and in the next book he is just back in their Quinjet like nothing happened. Cap randomly when skydiving in the middle of this event!
I loved Fear Itself but really there was like no point in it being a big company-wide crossover. There's a bunch of the spinoffs I haven't read (and probably never will) because what happened in those books isn't even relevant to the story itself.
I've enjoyed the stuff that has come out of it though: Defenders, The Fearless, and Winter Soldier have all been good.
I knew I'd bury you one day, you sanctimonious, self-righteous pain! -- Lex Luthor
Assuming the deaths were reversed implied they were intended to be actual deaths during the series proper. Neither Bucky nor Thor were intended to stay dead. In Bucky's case, his death was a ruse to rid him of the scandal nipping at his heels. Thor did die, but it was part of a larger story.
I am not saying this signifies high quality, just that there are some factors that need to be taken into account.
Stuart Immonen's art was the biggest draw of the book. I don't think he was the right fit for the book, but it was still damn good to look at.
I agree you shouldn't judge an event based on how many status quo changes it has. There are only so many cards in a deck.
Fear Itself was definitely one of the weaker Marvel events, though.
Trading:All-New X-Factor, Avengers, Black Widow, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhuman, Mighty Avengers, New Avengers, Superior Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, X-Force.
I actually hate that events shake things up constantly. But, I think that criticisms that FI didn't are valid for one big reason: They said and acted like it would. It pretended to be something it wasn't. If they went out and said that "Hey, this is just a big fight" it wouldn't have been as bad. Instead, they pulled out their usual "Nothing will ever be the same again!" and, once again, failed to live up to that. And big things happened. Look at what happened to Paris. But there was no lasting impact, when there was the perfect opportunity to explore it.
Oh, should note: These weren't my problems with the event. I hated it for completely different reasons.
It actually does hold some significance for Journey into Mystery/Loki fans and maybe Thor fans, but it's true effect won't be known for a few years.
Really, the main books were worse than bad, they were boring. JIM was pretty good and actually made the whole thing worth while.