By Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato and Frank Martin
Original Sin started off great, it was a very exciting series that built up a mystery around the death of Uatu the Watcher. As the miniseries progressed we were left with some questionable issues and some uneven plot points. Now we are at the penultimate issue and we really know about the same amount of information as we did when the series first came out. Hopefully Jason Aaron works out the kinks in his final two issues.
This series has taken a bit of a nose dive the past couple of issues, and there are definitely some things that don’t add up. We can buy that Nick Fury has some alien tech, but he can take out the Hulk with a rocket launcher? Jason Aaron is messing around with several characters in this issue and they are a bit off. The Hulk is taken out twice like a chump and he is supposed to be one of the most powerful characters in the universe. Aaron does provide us with some answers to the mystery revolving around the Watcher, but we haven’t seen it all just yet. It’s also hard to believe that an elderly Nick Fury armed with alien tech is capable of taking down the Avengers. The main problem with this issue is the inconsistency of the story. Characters are written weaker than they are to fit the plot and we are still left with many unanswered questions that are likely to be rushed and crammed into the last issue. While there are some decent scenes, the flashbacks with the Watcher, this issue is unfulfilling. This series started out strong but hasn’t turned into anything special as it progressed.
The art by Mike Deodato is very good as always. Frank Martin adds some lovely colors that really enhance the story. Deodato shines his brightest in the flashback scenes that involve the Orb and Uatu. These panels are very well drawn and very detailed. The crispness of the lines throughout the issue is also wonderful. Close ups of an illuminated Dr. Strange remind us why Deodato is a top tier artist. Everything about his work screams awesome. Shading is done just right, and the action scenes look as good as possible. This was a great job by Deodato and Martin, who continue to impress on an underwhelming story.
Original Sin has been disappointing for the last couple of issues. Jason Aaron is a very capable writer who has the talent to pull off a good story, but this has been falling flat. Great art by Deodato and Martin make this series more enjoyable, but the story needs more consistency. Aaron needs the next issue to be spectacular to redeem this miniseries.