By Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato and Frank Martin
One of the things that Marvel is doing right with Original Sin, is that they are releasing it twice a month, which makes it easy to follow as the events of the last issue are still fresh in your mind. Having the team up of Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato helps too, as they are both very talented.
This issue is almost entirely devoted to Nick Fury and what he’s been doing with his life since he was a young man. Jason Aaron gives us good dialogue from Nick and treats the reader to several little Easter eggs, such as Nick choosing to let Spiderman live instead of sniping him. This book provides Nick with a certain level of coolness and bad assery that we expect from a character like Fury, including how he went from a grunt to being director of S.H.I.E.L.D. That being said, this issue looks a bit out of place in the scope of the story. The plot doesn’t seem to progress at all and we lose a miniseries issue for a giant flashback. While it was a well written flashback, it would be more fitting as a tie-in issue than a part in the main story.
The art is very good, which seems to be expected from Mike Deodato. He is helped by the colors of Frank Martin, which add depth to Deodato’s pictures. One of the more impressive things Deodato does this issue, is show his arsenal of talent in drawing several different odd and crazy aliens and creatures. One of his best panels involves some odd aliens who look to feed on the good citizens of Earth, until the creature talking is met with a bullet to the face. Nick Fury truly looks his best this issue and Mike Deodato and Frank Martin are to thank.
Original Sin has been a surprisingly good mini series so far and Jason Aaron should get a ton of credit for his creative story. Mike Deodato and Frank Martin are consistently putting out some of their best work that adds a great deal to the story as well. This issue was good, but should have been a tie-in issue as opposed to taking away from the main story. Aaron isn’t known for letting his fans down often, so expect him to knock it out of the park with the remaining issues.