Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Original Sin #2 of 8
Aaron, Deodato & Martin
Original Sin comes in with a second issue that is mostly setup that really grinds the overall story to a halt. While Aaron provides some interesting interactions and the comic has some nice artwork, the book simply doesn't carry the "Event" banner on it and really isn't doing much of anything worth checking out. It boils down to a whodunit for a minor, strange character: The Watcher. I'm not sure there's enough here to carry another six comic books.
The book is mostly a continuation of the previous issue. There are a bunch of smaller teams that are investigating some leads on who killed The Watcher. Aaron provides a great dynamic between The Punisher and Doc Strange as the panels where the pair appear, feel fresh and fun. Aaron also gives a great mini-plot with Nick Fury and his flying car that was probably the best sequence in the comic book. That's pretty much it for this issue in terms of positive story ideas.
Much of the other teams feel flat or don't have much to offer in terms of being something different. Emma Frost and Black Panther is about as odd a pairing as you get but the interaction wasn't anything that was memorable or even as different as Strange and The Punisher. The cliffhanger was eye-popping (pun intended) but wasn't anything that made me want to pick up the issue.
I'm not sure what the problem is here. Is it that there is no global threat? No villain? Is it simply that two issues of setup is too much? Or is it that the book doesn't seem to be showing anything new or event-worthy?
The artwork is definitely a high note. The book doesn't have much to work with in the way of action but the art didn't stop trying to present a visual event. Some of the best panels in the book have nothing more than some characters standing around talking. The car chase was definitely a highlight though. The book is a great visual story and that is a good thing when the story feels very light.
Original Sin isn't doing much in the opening act. There is some more setup in this issue and there are some decent interactions but that's really it. I'm not sure where this heading but at least the next issue ships in two weeks to speed this along. Hopefully this will turn around in a hurry. Another issue of setup is not going to cut it.
2 out of 5 Geek Goggles