After the events of “Fear Itself” I knew it was a matter of time before Marvel created story arcs that go deeper into the premise of the mystic hammers of the Serpent. “Fear Itself: The Fearless” is a 12-issue mini-series that debuted this month and takes the reader on a journey with Brunnhilde the Valkyrie as she tries to recover the 8 mystical hammers that have been dropped from the heavens.
It is too soon to make a judgment call on the entire series but the first issue does look intriguing, but I am far from being hooked. It is to be expected that Sin the red skull’s daughter would seek out the depowered hammers while others will try to safeguard it. It gave me impressions similar to the Infinity Gems storyline as most of the hammers whereabouts are unknown. This very issue portrays the power of wealth as people are willing to sell the information.
Brunnhilde is one stubborn Asgardian warrior and the series may reveal secrets to her past. She would do anything to recover the weapons as she would stoop to any lengths to recover them. There was a good exchange between her and Steve Rogers, and it clearly expressed the passion between the two regarding the hammers. Rogers is more angry than actually logical, but it is too soon to say how this would develop. The short battle with War Machine was good but it was quick to impress on the reader the confusion inside a struggle.
I liked the writing in the first issue, and the dialogue had the flavor that may make me want more. The art is pretty simple and I liked the way the art is laid out. The story is written by Matt Fraction, and the art by Mark Bagley and Paul Pelletier. I am not sure, I think the art would’ve been better with a darker tone and a much more efficient use of shadows. I felt that I was watching a cartoon at times and I wondered if the new series was geared for a more mature reader; but I have to admit the potentials for depth in its story was there. I know Fraction and he would probably inject a few gritty surprises. I mean, that fight with War Machine was pretty cool, and I liked the way Brunnhilde fought him efficiently with one goal in mind. Sin is involved and any story with the Red Skull is bound to be good, I predict Capt. America and The Avengers to be involved much sooner than later.
I feel that this new 12-issue series has a lot of potential. I am not hooked yet, but I may just go as far as issue 5 just to know where it is headed. I do want Valkyrie and Sin to be developed further; and this is a good excuse to give them a much needed push.
Recommended! For Fans of the mini-series Fear Itself [3 out of 5 Stars]
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