Original Sin #4 (Marvel)

Original Sin 4

Rating: 4/5 – Crisp dialogue and Vibrant Art Make For an Amazing Event.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Hank Johnson.

I have always been a fan of event comics. I really enjoy this style of long form story which affects nearly every character in an entire comic book universe. These books always seem to me to shift the superhero universe in an exciting new direction.  Original Sin is an event, at least in the technical sense, but reads more like an amazing mystery novel. Writer Jason Aaron has crafted a compelling story that just seems to keep gaining momentum with each issue.

What I love about this event, and this issue in particular, is the seeming random pairings of heroes who are investigating the murder of a prominent Marvel character. Each group is intriguing and most of the dialogue is crisp, sharp and lively. There were a couple of instances where some expository dialogue dulled the story momentum, but these were minor in nature. The true highlight for me was Mike Deodato’s art. Everything from the visually stunning layouts to the closing splash page were masterfully done. There were a variety of locations portrayed throughout the issue, and each one was created vibrantly. Colorist Frank Martin did an exceptional job accentuating each page and letting Deodato’s artistic brilliance come through.

An amazing event and seems to be self-contained to the main series instead of being lost throughout a lot of tie-ins, one of the great things about this event is that I didn’t feel like you needed to have an exhaustive knowledge of the current Marvel Universe to pick it up and enjoy it. This is a great series and definitely worth reading.

Reviewed by: Hank Johnson
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