One of the biggest comic events of 2011, Fear Itself, promises big changes in the Marvel Universe and its aftermath will leave popular characters battered and broken. Now that the final issue is on store shelves, does it live up to the hype? The answer is yes, for the most part.
The evil fear monger known as the Serpent has been released from his prison at the bottom of the ocean, and now he has given eight mystical hammers to eight powerful beings. Now the Serpent and his followers are wreaking havoc and spreading fear across the world, and the only people who stand in their way are Captain America and the Avengers. But only one can save the day, one whose destiny is intertwined with the Serpent’s.
Overall, Fear Itself has been one heck of a ride, but the final issue in particular stands out as a fun, engaging read that will stick with readers long after they read the last page. Stuart Immonen’s awesome artwork compliments Matt Fraction’s superb writing beautifully, and the characters seem to hop right off the page thanks to this brilliant combination. The action sequences continue to be incredibly well done, and this issue contains some memorable fight scenes.
This issue’s main problem lies in its pacing. While it is exciting and fun, everything feels rushed. Readers don’t have time to really register what is transpiring on the page in front of them, because as soon as things start heating up, the fighting ends. It seems like after writing the final battle, Matt Fraction did not know what to do, so he devised an ending that ultimately feels thrown together and unsatisfying for readers who have been sticking with the event the entire way through.
Despite those flaws, Fear Itself #7 manages to thrill and entertain, as well as give readers a huge gut-punch toward the end of the issue. For those who have been keeping up with the series, you know what I’m talking about. For those who have not read Fear Itself but intend to, you are in for one big surprise.
Fear Itself is a must for any Marvel fan and an entertaining read for anyone who appreciates a good story.
4 out of 5 stars