Fear Itself #2 AND Fear Itself: The Homefront #2
Here we have two comics, one with a story that really underwhelmed me but which had some great art, and another with a bunch of stories, where two hit, and two miss--but of the two that hit one is just a page, so that's a problem. Yeah, I'm going to be a little tough on these...
Here is my main complaint with Fear Itself #2: We go from hammers crashing into the world and a few heroes touching them and transforming, to the whole USA being in utter chaos with Washington DC in flames in a matter of pages. There is little to no explanation of how things got so bad so fast other than some speech bubbles representing various radio stations alerting us to emergencies and problems. Okay, apparently a few super-folk with hammers and some Nazi-machines can bring America to its knees? Matt Fraction, you are a great writer, no, an amazing writer. You have some delightful series coming out, what is with this weak story?
|At least Fear Itelf has beautiful art.|
The positive to this big helping of iffy storytelling? The art is quite pretty. Stuart Immonen knows how to draw big explosions and super-heroes wielding huge hammers, there is no question of that. Perhaps the problem is that this comic is focused on the "event" aspect of Fear Itself, a more personal-story focused comic such as Fear Itself: The Homefront has got to be better right? Oh, you poor demented fool.
The other two stories are a fun one-pager by Howard Chaykin where we spend some time with a character I always enjoy reading, The Purple Man, and future stories with him are set up quite well--too bad its just a single page of a story. After that we have some annoying story with Liz Allan (I could have sworn it was Allen, but whatever) and her son, where as NYC falls apart in sheer panic (which apparently just sort of started happening world-wide as Fear Itself #2 didn't explain that well either) she has to talk down a dangerous man on the subway. Yeah, it's as uninteresting as it sounds. These four stories come together to make a package that consists of only one full-length tale I really liked, a one-pager I enjoyed, a long tale I absolutely hated, and another story I couldn't have cared less about. Not too amazing a deal.
|This story is D-U-L-L.|
2.5 out of 5 stars (for both comics)