Only thing we have to fear is fear itself. That is not only a quote from former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt but the title of my next review; Fear Itself written by Matt Fraction.
Fear Itself is perhaps the most underrated and undervalued Marvel event in the last 10 years. Why do I say that? The answer is simply timing. This comic flew under the radar for a long time because another major comic book company (who shall remain anonymous) decided to reboot their entire line. Therefore, Fear Itself was never seen as a powerhouse, that is until now.
The premise of Fear Itself is pretty simple. Weapons from Asgard (Thor’s planet) have fallen to Earth and are picked up by superheroes therefore inhabiting their bodies. The chaos and anarchy that follow falls on the shoulders of the Avengers led by Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. They are the last line of defense during the pending destruction of Earth.
I absolutely loved this book because it encompasses everything we look for in comics. Firstly, the rise of a wicked villain occurs. Second, the rise and fall of many great heroes takes the forefront. Last, but not least, a battled that changes everything. Not to mention some of the most iconic images you will ever see. The tagline says it all, “Iron Breaks. Soldiers Fall. Gods Die.”
Do yourself a favor and pick up this event. It is available in premium hardcover for $34.99, which includes the prologue Fear Itself: Book of the Skull written by Ed Brubaker and Fear Itself #1-7.
Keep calm and carry on,
Wade Pychel