Original Sin #8 Review

Posted September 5, 2014 by Henry Varona in Comic Books

Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: Mike Deodato Jr.

Publisher: Marvel

Original Sin is the latest in Marvel’s seemingly never-ending series of events. Billed to redefine the Marvel Universe and force heroes to re-evaluate their loyalties, it dominated the company throughout the summer, crossing over into many major titles. But finally, after months of waiting and watching, we get to see the story conclude and learn the answer to the mystery we could have guessed from the very beginning: Who killed Uatu the Watcher?

So, our issues opens up with the original Nick Fury, who has gotten old and crazy. facing off against Midas, The Orb, and Oubliette. As they face off over the Watcher’s eyeballs, we get flashbacks to when Nick Fury last saw the Watcher and slowly unravel the mystery around his death. As the assorted heroes of the series arrive to save the day, Fury confesses his sins in a final confrontation with Midas. In the aftermath, the heroes respond to the revelation of the series, what it means for tomorrow, and who must step up to be the hero we need the most.

Jason Aaron brings his epic murder mystery to a close in a spectacularly mediocre fashion. The plot ends in a lackluster fight with a predictable ending for anybody who has been reading all this time. The final revelation for who murdered Uatu is something that they’ve basically said outright for the last four issues. Beyond that, it feels like many of the characters we have been following all this time were tossed to the side in favor of more screen time for the Orb and Midas. By the way, basically every seen with Midas is a giant waste of time. He didn’t matter before this story, and he won’t ever matter again. At least the Orb walked away with some character progression. One of the best things about this story is that we get a very closed ending. Many Marvel events feel like they’re immediately leading into the next, but Aaron manages to make Original Sin feel like it has it’s own identity, separate from Infinity and the upcoming Axis.

Mike Deodato Jr. is an incredibly talented artist, but this is not his greatest showcase. While I’m glad that he finally got to handle one of Marvel’s event titles, since he is one of their best talents, but this was not a great way to utilize him. I thought he would be a perfect fit for a murder mystery, and in many ways he is, but so much of his work gets muddled in dark shadows. While I genuinely love the way he draws Nick Fury and his LMD’s, some of his heroes look too similar. I think that this issue is consistent with the rest of the series, and at times shines more than they have, but ultimately it left me wanting. However, a few moments are actually incredible, such as the ending with The Unseen and every single flashback with Nick Fury and Uatu. I could stare at his Uatu all day long.

Ultimately, I don’t care much for Original Sin. I don’t read all of Marvel’s events, and this book reminded me why. An interesting premise got lost behind generic characterization and a lackluster finale. If the entire story took place over four issues, I would think more highly of it, but since it took so long to accomplish so little, Original Sin is ultimately a waste of time. I could sum up the entire story from beginning to end, in two standard sentences. And I think that for a summer blockbuster event, that’s a real shame.

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Henry Varona

Lover of comics, Legos, and movies, Henry Varona is supremely awesome in every way. He spends his days designing his own comics, and his nights dreaming about Chris Hemsworth and Captain Cold.