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Fear Itself: The Home Front (Fear Itself)

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Speedball hopes to fi nd penance for his sins by volunteering alongside residents of Stamford, Connecticut, under an assumed name. When the other volunteers discover his identity, they demand bloody retribution - but the arrival of superhuman criminals escaped from the Raft super-max prison puts the whole city in danger. Can Speedball escape the angry mob to serve the grea ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Marvel (first published January 18th 2012)
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Most of the crossover events include a "home front" collection, which usually has stories from the ground-eye view of regular people. These tend to be hit or miss for me. Here, it was mostly miss because that ground-eye view was from C and D-list characters, with one remarkable exception.

I would have given this collection only one star, if not for Speedball. Speedball's story runs throughout the book, but is unfortunately interrupted by various side stories. And those side stories were centered
I liked the main story for this a LOT. It reminded me of Marvels or probably more like Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City because I had never heard of the main character - Speedball. If you haven't read those two I just mentioned get to it, they're both great books. The idea is to show heroes as normal people. To focus on how much the same they are to your average Joe rather than how different they are. So there were a lot of touching, kind of 9/11 moments as the world seems to be ending a ...more
I liked the Front Line/Embedded tie-ins in Civil War/Secret Invasion/Siege. The views from the journalists sometimes gave another perspective on what happened to "normal" people, living outside the Super Hero-world. The Home Front still focuses on the effects of the Serpent's Blitzkrieg on the general public, but is different because the journalists are replaced by Speedball and Miriam Sharpe (the mother who lost one of her children in the Stamford incident and major activist for the Registratio ...more
Confused collection around the Marvel Fear Itself storyline. Multiple threads told very unevenly - and if you don't already know what's going on, it never makes sense - and if you do - it still doesn't make much sense.

The Speedball storyline is actually pretty good. It shows him trying to make amends in Stamford and how that goes badly. The art and story here is pretty good.

The other storylines - not so much. X-23 in particular is written badly but drawn just plain awful.

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I wanted to like this, because, there were a lot of cool ideas going on. First the integration of social media in the story was nice. Second, I like the redemption of Speedball, and that the regular people of the universe were invested as well, and a very important part of the story. What made it boring was the small side stories, although the one with X-23 and spider-girl was pretty funny.
An amazing graphic novel. Lots of character based short stories about how people are coping with the 'Fear itself' tragedy. My favourite involves Speedball going back to Stamford, and how the people there help him back to being a real hero. Most of the stories are emotionally challenging, while some are just fun. A brilliant read. If you only buy one 'Fear itself' tie-in, get this one.
I actually liked this one better than Fear Itself, despite the fact that it didn't have any of my favorite characters in it. The section with Speedball and Miriam Sharpe was not bad at all.
Geoff Derks
The problem with an anthology is that some stories really work, some are just there, and some fail a miserable death. That is why this is three stars.
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