Saturday, April 9, 2011
Half The Stories Were Good--Fear Itself: The Home Front #1
As with their big events as of late, Marvel likes to have a companion comic to go with the major story that focuses on how smaller-name characters and regular folk are impacted by the major happening. Hence, we now have this mini-series that is an anthology of sorts with four different stories, two of which will be continuing and two that are one-offs. The quality of these stories varies dramatically to say the least.
Within this collection we get a Speedball story written by Christos Gage that I enjoyed a lot. Maybe that is because I've enjoyed reading about Robbie Baldwin since he was in New Warriors and during Civil War where he became Penance and wore that costume during Thunderbolts and the Penance mini-series. It makes sense to hae Christos Gage writing this as he is currently writing Baldwin in Avengers Academy and he has a good grip on the character. The only thing is, this story seems to contradict that issue, in that the people of Stamford seemed to have forgiven Baldwin, but here, through some plot twists where he is revealed as Speedball, they are pretty mad at him still. Gage himself acknowledges this as a "Not everyone in the town is cool with him," plot point so I guess its okay," and it is a pretty good story, probably my favorite of the issue, with good art even if the face scan look a bit wonky now and then. This is a seven-part story so I'm interested to see where it will be going as it will run throughout the whole mini.
3 out of 5 stars.