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Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep Paperback – November 14, 2012
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- Publisher : Marvel (November 14, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785157417
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785157410
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 9.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.25 x 10.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fear Itself The Deep #1-4
This graphic novel collects two separate episodes from a sprawling cross over event called Fear Itself. Seven magical hammers fell into bad guys hands and basically have the earth's superteams scrambling to clean up the mess. Generally speaking Fear Itself is a mess.
X-Force's part in Fear Itself is blessedly tangential and the three X-Force issues read well on their own. There is a good amount of dark humor and decapitation in these issues as X-Force takes on a religious zealot bent on killing everyone.
Simone Bianchi's art for the X-force issues is often stunning with detail and realism. Some of the close-ups border on photographic likenesses of the character. And the attention to detail is unrivaled: in one scene wolverine is slashing away and his unshaven whiskers protrude from the edges of his mask.
The second half of this book is a mess. Namor vs Attuma. Attuma has a magic hammer. Dr Strange gets called in to help Namor. Strange calls in She Hulk to help. And finally about a dozen mostly minor characters called the Defenders save the day. Attuma escapes with the magic hammer, but no one seems to be particularly worried about that loose end.
I purchased this graphic on the strength of the Uncanny X-Force title, hoping that the X-force mini-series would be enough to carry the book. Certainly those three issues had all carnage and wit I've come to expect from X-force. Certainly a 5 star performance in a messy crossover event.
The second half of the book is the mess that Fear Itself gained a reputation for. 2 stars here.
X-force fans will enjoy the first part of the book, but readers may be annoyed with so much dead weight in the second half.
Personally I enjoyed the x-force episode enough to let this collection squeak by with 4 stars overall. Buyer beware: only half of this book is particularly good.
Uncanny X-Force: in the X-Force run you have the mutant wet ops team of Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Deadpool, and Fantomex regarding the world to be one big poophole but they're still going to do their job. Instead of tackling any of the big heavy hitters wielding enchanted, Thor-ish hammers that are harbingers to world's end X-Force busy themselves with taking out a religious zeolot and his Purifier followers before they kill scads of people. X-Force kills scads of the bad guys (this is not a book for the kiddies) and save the sidelines (the real day is saved by other heroes in the Marvel U). This is a standalone series arc and does nothing to add nor detract from this version of X-Force or to the Fear Itself storyline. It's really unnecessary and its villains aren't well thought out. The "Christian as unstable and dangerous religious whack-job" is a Hollywood cliche and it's not even done well here. Also, the reasoning of the brilliant lunatic villain doesn't pan out as he believes that he must save people by killing them and getting them to heaven or some such place before the devil comes and steals their souls. But, if it's the end of the world and humanity is about to go extinct and all that's required to get to heaven is to die, then aren't the devil's harbingers doing all of the good work on behalf of God in the first place (I mean, if all that's required to get to heaven is to simply die or get killed that is)? Writer Rob Williams either didn't think that one out too well or he missed it somewhere. He does give Deadpool a great line, though, when Deadpool tells one of the would-be Purifiers "I've known the God of love a long time now and there's nothing he digs more than people who blow themselves up in his name." The series is in too much of a rush to simply cash in on the "Fear Itself" event and to ostensibly show what this band of bad goodguys are doing during it. The art (often like paintings) by Simone Bianchi are the reason to check this out ultimately. Dark and lovely tones with frequent red, glowing eyeballs are the rage here. The one thing that doesn't come out well is Bianchi's ability to convey complex emotions via subtle facial expressions. Overall this three issue mini is quick and not clever by half. 3 stars but only because of the art.
The Deep: The Deep concerns itself with the scion of Atlantis, Prince Namor, battling Attuma and getting trashed in the process. He witnesses the destruction of New Atlantis and then flees, like a supposed coward. Namor is presented as experiencing fear and a lack of confidence, something extremely out of character for the lord of the seven seas. He calls upon Dr. Strange for help whom in turn calls on essentially their old Defenders buddies. By the end of issue 1 they have been joined by Lyra, the new savage she-hulk (oops! instead of the Hulk) and by the Silver Surfer. (If you know your Defenders history and your X-Men history then you'll know if Angel shows up or not.) Issues 2 & 3 concern themselves with big battles to depose Attuma's generals who are channelling "the undying ones", demonic beings that must be ferretted out of the living before the battle with Attuma can be attended to. The most interesting thing here, and it is slight, is Tiger Shark lending himself to be possessed, and thus transformed into a two-headed Tiger Shark, by the main undying one. The finale is a big fight with Attuma and his forces and a myriad of Defenders from the past. It's a brouhaha with little haha and not much brew and Attuma gets away. But we do get to see Namor appropriately humble, respectful, and thankful. That little bit I liked. The art on this series is fine; not dynamic, not crummy. This, but for two things, is another tossaway storyline. One: we get to see Namor experiencing and expressing emotions we've not normally seen him hold. Two: New Atlantis is destroyed. While not a significant plot point of the Marvel Universe really it did get me to think how easy it is to eschew a huge event in a panel, in such a cavalier and dismissive manner. An entire civilization on earth being destroyed should have significant repercussions for the Marvel U but does it? Nope. That's cheap. Not horrible nor great I assess this as 3 stars.
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i bought this item for my brother's christmas present so that he wants it.