Review: Original Sin #2
ORIGINAL SIN #2 (of 8)
Jason Aaron (WRITER) • Mike Deodato (ARTIST)
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Variant cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
INTERLOCKING BATTLE VARIANT BY ART ADAMS
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
I’m having trouble understanding Marvel’s latest event Original Sin. The summer blockbuster of a comic book event began with an overpriced #0 issue that seemed to be nothing more than a primer giving information about the very character that Marvel told us was going to be murdered in issue #1 of the event. Then issue #1, beyond setting up that plot-line of the overall story, established layers of mystery within the title that involved a shadowy character assembling small teams of heroes set forth on unknown missions. It was a fun and exciting departure from what was solicited as something that seemed like a traditional mystery story. While issue #2 picked up right where issue #1 left off, the radical shift in the mystery story seems to be taking the title in more traditional superhero directions, and it was an unwelcome surprise.
The two most compelling aspects of Jason Aaron’s story – the mysterious and random team-up missions of several of Marvel’s heroes, and the overall mystery of Who Killed The Watcher? – are still at the focus of this issue. Seeing teams like Ant-Man, Emma Frost, and Black Panther, and Dr. Strange and The Punisher are just a whole lot of fun to see, and those elements of the overall story really help fuel the murder mystery in truly entertaining ways. Nick Fury’s chase scene with the rampaging Mindless One was exciting, albeit a bit over-the-top. Mike Deodato’s skill with character art really stands out in this issue full of just about every Marvel hero imaginable, but the culminating last page reveal really puts a question mark on what the hell this event is going to be.
According to the solicits of this event, Original Sin promised to be all about the mystery of “Who Killed The Watcher?”, but the reveal of the Orb – the long-time Ghost Rider villain – as the holder of The Watcher’s eye and the assumed murderer in question throws all of that into a state of limbo. There’s certainly nothing cementing The Orb as the murderer, but the quick move the event took to alluding to this Z-List character as the event villain du jour is off-putting to say the least. Meanwhile, the crazy cool team-ups that drove issue #1’s success were put on the back burner in favor of this new and kind of awkward departure.
Original Sin #2 was by no means a bad book, but it took a direction away from issue #1 that was unexpected in a way that leaves the reader wondering just where the event is going from here. I’m sure Aaron has a plan in place for the rest of the event, but this unsureness encompassing the overarching tone of the title, ie. the mystery, leaves a question in the reader’s mind about just how much footing the event has. A slow, clunky start is not the way to sell an event early-on in the process, and it seems like a ton of the potential this title had in issue one was quickly taken away by the end of issue #2. Sure, Aaron can do away with all that within the first two pages of issue #3, but then what the hell was the point of this issue #2? Murder mysteries require there to be questions needing answers, but this event has way too many questions about the plot, and not enough supporting the plot.
Story: 3 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out of 5
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5