Review: Fear Itself #3

Published on June 7th, 2011

We’re in to the 3rd issue of Fear Itself and it looks like everything’s going to Hell for the Marvel Universe. While Matt Fraction may have done something in this book that makes me want to give up on everything, at least I got Stuart Immonen’s pretty art to look at.

fearitself3This book goes straight into the battlefield with Captain “Bucky” America leading the Black Widow and the Falcon into battle against Sin’s Nazi robot army. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to send the non-super powered Avengers into this battle by themselves. Unfortunately, with everything going on with these Hammers being dropped all over the Earth, the heavy hitters seem to be booked up and Bucky is pretty much on his own.

So far, the characters with these new enchanted hammers are: Juggernaut, Absorbing Man, Titania, The Hulk, and Attuma. There’s one hammer left and it happens to be in the old neighborhood of Ben Grimm which brings the FF on the scene to investigate. Reed asks Ben to move the hammer, but when he does, he becomes possessed by Angrir: Breaker of Souls. The Thing then starts busting down Yancy Street like he was the Hulk on a bad day.

The only bright spot for our heroes in this issue is that Thor is going to be allowed to return to Earth in an attempt to save it, but not even Odin thinks Thor has any sort of chance. When I got to the end of the book, I was pissed. I can’t wait another month to see what’s going to happen! It felt like I read the whole thing in about two minutes. With so much happening in such a short amount of time, how am I expected to just sit for a month? Sure, I got the tie-ins that are going to continue the story with the Thing in Fear Itself: Spider-Man and the story with the Hulk in the next issue of Avengers, but the cliff hanger ending for this book isn’t going to be addressed until issue four of Fear Itself. It’s not fair I say!

That’s what is so good about this story line, Fraction has me completely invested in this book emotionally. I love these characters and even though I know that Marvel will continue after Fear Itself, I’m not guaranteed that everyone will survive. I will say that I’m a little disappointed with Steve Rogers in this book. It’s been obvious that he doesn’t want to be the guy in charge, but at one point in this book he puts Maria Hill in charge and leaves for the battlefield. I know it’s to get him back in the Captain America costume, but I wish he had taken more time to make the decision instead of just abandoning his post. It felt a little forced to me because I don’t think he would take the decision so lightly.

Despite any complaints the only real drawback to this book is how short it is. If you’re a Marvel fan and you’re not reading Fear Itself, you’re not really a Marvel fan. I just hope it doesn’t end as badly as I think it will for one of my all time favorite characters.

Ken Zeider