By Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato & Frank Martin
The first few issues of Original Sin have been constructed very well and have kept the secret of the murderer under wraps. This issue, the mystery builds as more suspects enter the fray and we are left with a huge jaw dropping cliffhanger.
Jason Aaron isn’t a stranger to big events in the Marvel Universe, as he’s worked on X-Men: Schism and Avengers Vs. X-Men. Now he’s been tapped to write Original Sin, which essentially lets him play with any character he wants to in the Marvel U. The tone of the story gets kicked up a notch this issue as more potential suspects enter the frame of the story. Aaron does a good job of building the tension this month, especially near the end of the issue. We also get a little more story on the Orb in a brief but pretty memorable page. Aaron knows how to misdirect the reader, and he has done a nice job of it here. This issue has a shocker of an ending that readers will not see coming and Jason Aaron plays it almost like an episode of Game of Thrones; you won’t see it coming, but it’s pretty awesome.
As always, Mike Deodato’s art is excellent. This series in particular, he has been making great use of the shadows on many of his pages and panels, which definitely adds to the mood and dark tone of the series. There are many panels that are framed very differently and that adds to the uniqueness of the event. Deodato draws everything very well, but he is also helped out by the magnificent colors of Frank Martin, which illuminate the pencils immensely. Deodato draws the last page perfectly, as we are left a little unnerved and with an eerie sense about what we just saw. It’s an example of how great art can take the reading experience to another level.
This was by far the best issue in the series and has the potential to cause a huge uproar amongst the folks on the message boards. Jason Aaron is a talented writer and this issue shows why he continually gets picked to write these big events. The tandem of Deodato and Martin are also putting forth a great effort for anyone who is reading the series. It truly has been a joy to read so far and hopefully the best is yet to come.