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Fear Itself: El Miedo Mismo (Fear Itself)

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Los héroes más poderosos de la Tierra, los Avengers, se enfrentan a una milenaria amenaza que los supera. Sin, la hija del Cráneo Rojo, ha encontrado un misterioso martillo asgardiano que la transforma en Skadi, heraldo de La Serpiente. Este ser, que se alimenta del miedo, esparcirá otros siete martillos que transformarán héroes y v
Paperback, Avengers Presenta, 244 pages
Published November 2011 by Ovni Press (Marvel Comics) (first published January 1st 2011)
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As President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Oh, but if the Red Skull’s daughter Sin resurrects an ancient Asgardian called the Serpent who launches a worldwide campaign of terror and destruction that even all the Marvel superheroes can’t stop, it’s OK to be afraid then because you’re pretty much screwed.”

Here we’ve got another giant crossover from Marvel, and it’s actually got some good moments in it thanks to writer Matt Fraction. There’s inter
When Jack Kirby was involved with Marvel back in the sixties, he (and Stan Lee) explored various mythologies and greatly expanded on the Norse stuff for the Thor stories. I think in some ways this mega-multi book crossover is a tribute to those days. It involves Odin, Thor, Asgard and the Serpent, Odin’s brother.

Be forewarned about this collection, although the story telling is fairly linear (for mega-multi book crossovers), this is only the bare bones story. A lot of the developing plotlines, e
There's both good and bad here. As far as crossover events, it's probably a solid B+. Not bad, not bad at all.

Probably the worst thing about this event is just how thin it feels. Obviously, a lot of the important stuff has been farmed out to other titles, and it feels that way reading this. Probably inevitable, let's be honest, and not really something I hold against a big event. But it could feel more cohesive and less fragmented.

There's a lot of action, and very little substance. Big deaths wi
Nicolo Yu
Fear Itself was a major crossover event that Siege was not. Seven issues by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen, plus a lengthy epilogue that was also a miniseries. Like Siege, it was a Thor-centric story given that the villain had a vague Norse origin and his avatars have faux Asgardian Kirbyesque design. It was definitely a retelling of the Ragnarok cycle, something Walter Simonson did twice in his legendary run on Thor. Fear Itself centered on the part of myth where Thor battles the Serpent and ...more
Sam Quixote
Another year, another Marvel comics event. The concept this time around? Odin's brother has become free for the first time in centuries from his underwater cell and with the help of eight magical weapons, he turns heroes into super-villains with the power to destroy the Earth! Avengers! Assemble!

It's not the best setup given its just superheroes fighting for the entire book. The good guys sustain some losses, a couple of major characters die (but you know they'll be back, as ever), but eventuall
I was so disappointed by this crossover. I mean, it isn't terrible by any means. The action is nearly constant and escalates very well. The stakes are incredibly high, and actually FEEL high this time around. I genuinely felt like any single hero could die in this fight. It's just, the idea behind it is so good, and I just felt the premise itself was completely squandered in favor of a ton of punching.

The setup is this: Odin's evil brother, "The Serpent," has awakened after a millennia-long impr
Brubaker's writing on the prologue is positively awful - just riddled with cliched dialogue, and the art isn't much better. I should say the colouring is bad, though the pencils/inks are decent.

After a few issues of repetitive face-pounding on all sides (boy does that get old), and one significant "death", the climax finally starts to build - we finally get to see something new happen, and original dialogue get spoken. And I find myself excited at the climax (and new premise - a weapon for each
P Fosten
Well, this was...interesting. I stayed away from this on it's original release in early to mid 2011 as there were too many tie-ins and it seemed too big. This UK collection contains the prologue by Brubaker and Eaton and the original 7 issue main series by Fraction and Immomen but NOT the additional 3 part epilogue (more on that later).

The prologue is an a typical example of Modern 21st Century Big 2 comics. It's a well crafted tale and the art is okay but it's tied into an ongoing narrative (n
Jared Millet
Marvel's 2011 crossover event packed quite a bit more punch than DC's did this year, although from a standpoint of plot and themes it's in many ways a rehash of the classic DC crossover Legends. Basically, an all-powerful dark deity (Odin's older brother serving in place of Darkseid) unleashes all kind of hell on earth by way of his minions, seven mind-controlled, hammer-wielding heroes and villains, including the Thing and the Hulk. More than relying on simple violence, though, he unleashes a w ...more
James Rodrigues
The idea was this event was an interesting one. The Red Skulls daughter seeks to carry on her fathers work, utilizing Asgardian weaponry to carry out her plan. The marketing was rather intriguing, as many heroes seem to confront their greatest Fears, as The Hulks afraid of losing control of his rage, and Cyclops is afraid of becoming more like Magneto than Xavier.

Like I said, an interesting idea. The problem is, we instead got various characters getting Asgardian Hammers and turning into rage mo
Richard Guion
The artwork by Stuart Immonen is very nice and the initial setup was interesting. Odin has an evil brother that was imprisoned for eons under the ocean, who now rises up and transforms some of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains into mega-weapons against Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers. It is a terrific threat that they seemingly cannot overcome. There is a Thor versus *enhanced* Hulk fight scene which is pretty good, as these two haven't had a battle in quite som ...more
I haven't been able to finish a real book in over a month, so I read this instead. Sue me...

Now I don't really have time to keep up with what's going on in the Marvel Universe, but I can tell you this at least: Asgard has crashed into the middle of Oklahoma, and it's making a big mess.

And apparently someone at Marvel has resurrected the old Journey into Mystery title from back in the day, and I like that because it had some interesting content when I was a kid, and I always loved the name.

But th
My brother just checked this out from our local library and it looked interesting... I checked it out the other day and was highly entertained... this would make a cool Avengers style movie... the story itself is epic with the fate of the whole world hanging in the balance... I checked out several graphic novels and look forward to reading them all (and they are free... if I was to buy all these from Barnes and Nobles it would cost me several hundred dollars! Thanks Multnomah County Library for ...more
Big giant crossover where the new Red Skull, Cyn, has unleashed the Serpent and Odin is pretty sure, thanks to prophecy, the only way to win is to destroy Earth but Thor isn't down with that. Basically I read this because it was finally the last step in between Bucky!Cap and Winter Soldier, for realsies this time. So as that...omg, wtf, seriously, what happens to Bucky never ever comes up again? I mean, obviously I'd already read 7.1 so I knew it did get addressed somewhere, but seriously, no ai ...more
I've seen a lot of mixed review regarding Fear Itself. And, as a crossover event, I found it to be underwhelming when compared to the likes of House of M or Civil War. So I can understand the lackluster reviews. That said, as a standalone story I thought it was quite good.

It's been mentioned many times throughout the comics, and in the original myths, that Thor would give his life to defeat the Serpent. That tale is the basis of Fear Itself. Odin's brother, The Serpent God of Fear, has been awak
I'd read the "Journey into Mystery" run a while back which tied in to "Fear Itself", and absolutely loved that. So of course, I wanted to read the full thing.

What I'm learning, is that Marvel was not very good at big crossover events. This is not a stand-alone story. You need to read the issues of Iron-Man and Thor and whatever others I'm not aware of, that tie in, to get the full story. There are gaps in this, because the story continues in the other titles. I really wish they would make a gian
An epic Marvel Universe adventure starring Thor, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers! The Red Skull's daughter, Sin, discovers a hammer that fell to earth in World War II and unleashes the Serpent, the evil brother of Odin. With his revival, seven more hammers fall to Earth, corrupting heroes like the Hulk and Thing and giving even greater power to villains like the Juggernaut. The Serpent grows more powerful the more afraid the Earth's population becomes, and as Earth's heroes fall one ...more
I love the idea of these giant world/universe-effecting plots that involve tons of heroes and villains and I understand the marketing side of it. BUT... they can be frustrating because to get the full story you have to buy a billion comics. That may sounds like heaven to some people but I don't usually buy individual comics.

This story matched it's title. It was scary. Giant bad dudes who were already bad ass becoming even more bad ass had me worried about our heroes. The writing was good but at
I usually avoid big glossy superhero comics but Fear Itself caught my eye at my local library because it had Matt Fraction's name on the spine. I quite enjoyed his writing for Hawkeye, so I decided to give this one a shot. Boy was I disappointed.

Ed Brubaker's writing for the epilogue is awkward ("Damn them! I can give chase!") and although things pick up slightly once Fraction takes over, the dialogue and writing remains pedestrian. The book is mostly one long action sequence, full of double pag
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Trevor Hubbard
Although it's only the second comic collection I've ever read ("Civil War" being the first), I was very excited to read "Fear Itself." For the most part, my excitement was not let down - I was offered a compelling plot-line about an ancient Norse god (the Serpent) and some intriguing character subplots (especially for Thor). However - "Fear Itself" (considering only the core series, and none of the ancillary tie-ins) doesn't do a fantastic job creating a sense of cohesion between all of the even ...more
Honestly, I only really picked this up because it was on sale, and wasn't even really aware of it as an event. I figured out that it came a bit after Civil War, which I read some of, and also after Planet Hulk (which I skipped). Overall, I enjoyed it, but it requires a pretty comprehensive knowledge of Marvel characters, since it involves some pretty obscure ones, but I suppose if you are reading world-spanning event comics, you ought to know about the world in question. It was quite good, and m ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Fear Itself is another one of those "Marvel Comics Events" that involve all of the characters from the Marvel universe coming together to face an overwhelming foe threating the universe. When I first saw this, I rolled my eyes and thought, "Oh boy, not another one." I picked it up at the request of one of our teens and begrudgingly started to read. My fears were quickly dismayed as Matt Fraction (someone I had never read before, but will look out for his name in the future) took me on a smartly ...more
So, I've long admitted I'm a Marvel guy. I read comics as a kid and although I picked up DC titles when I saw something I thought was cool, I always felt Marvel was a more inviting atmosphere for me as a fan.

But I dropped comics in the late eighties when Marvel lost their way going crossover crazy. The only comic book store in town closed down and I was forced to go back to buying comics at the rack at the gas station. That sucked because if I wanted to follow a particular story, I couldn't get
Wow, this book was pretty much all fighting, action and explosions. So much so there wasn't much room for plot. I picked this book up on a whim, have just read in in one evening and have decided that it was only, really, OK. It was entertaining enough but that's where it ends for me.

I really liked the art, even though it was very generic, it worked for this book and the explosions were really pretty. The covers were really nice too. But I wanted more plot and back-story. And no, I will not be fo
*wheezes* whatisthiswhatisthiswhatdidijustreadicannot

Ok. Ok, I'm going to try and give a semi-clear response to this book. Let me first start off by saying that reading comic books is really good for my ego. An arrogant part of me says I know a good percent of big name superheroes and their life stories. All the highlights, you know. The logical side of me laughs in my face for obvious reasons. So. Reading this book for me was like, "Dang. I'm a n00b."

This comic book has a simple premise, actual
Villain Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull, awakens an old monster in the Earth, which turns out to be an old enemy of Asgard and which infects the world with fear. This mini-series, sadly, focuses on the waking of the villains and some big set pieces with the heroes, and it's pretty dull -- you don't really get a sense of how fear affects most of the heroes, maybe because they're supposed to be too heroic to feel fear (Thor and Steve Rogers). We also only get gestures towards how the events are ...more
Alex Gherzo
Bendis' tenure may be over, but there was one more major event I had to include because of a major return to form that happens halfway through. Fear Itself is apparently not well regarded, but I can't figure why. I thought it was excellent, and definitely deserving of a place among the many great recent crossover events, even if it wasn't quite as good as some of those.

The status quo of the Marvel Universe is about to be shaken again as the Serpent, an Asgardian villain with ties to Odin himsel
This is one of my favorite events in all I have read. Marvel events are often formulaic (someone will die) and I know this book was criticized of being "stock." While it does in many ways stick to the formula, it manages to move within and under this structure to pose a real question of evil.

It subverts the catastrophe with an even bigger fundamental question- why does God let bad things happen? The problem of evil (, has been addressed by religion, philo
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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