Comic Hit List: Fear Itself #7

Marvel‘s big summer event has finally come to a close with the seventh and final issue of ‘Fear Itself’. The run had its moments but sadly as a whole this event ended up being mediocre at best. The first few pages of this last issue was fairly decent with the highlight being the final battle between the Marvel heroes and the Serpent’s hammer wielders.

This issue opens up with Tony Stark who finally completed the construction of the Odin blessed weapons for Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Dr. Strange, Wolverine, Red She Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, and himself. We never really learn the attributes of these weapons besides the fact that they can actually hurt the hammer wielders and also give the heroes a slight costume modification. Which in this case made most of them look as if they stepped off of a TRON crossover special. The whole battle itself was a bit anticlimactic. Captain America on the other hand instead of a receiving a new weapon was able to lift and wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir for a second time in Marvel history.

The final match up between Thor and the Serpent comes to head as well which was reminiscent of a Michael Bay big action climax. Big explosions to the right and big explosions to the left with Thor and Odin’s brother shouting at each other in renfaire-esque dialog. Then with one thrust of Thor’s sword of Ragnarok through the Serpent’s skull the whole thing ends. In seven issues (and a huge number of other Marvel titles) in which the Serpent was introduced as a pretty much invincible god where nothing could touch him or his followers was defeated with a single blow. Seriously? That felt a bit weak to me.

And that was how the final issue of the ‘Fear Itself’ storyline ended. In a long drawn out disappointing mess. And I for one am glad that car wreck is finally over. On an upside I will say that I did enjoy artist Stuart Immonen‘s (The New Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man) work here which was crisp, clean, and visually cinematic.

Grade: C

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