By: Cynthia Ayala
Concluding this week outside of DC to delve into Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. They’re not one unit yet! First up is Original Sin #6 that brings readers a despicable Nick Fury, sacrificing story and plot to do so followed by Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #3 that allies Count Dooku and Maul against the Jedi Forces. Happy Friday all! Hope you all have a great weekend. Don’t forget, Guardians of the Galaxy opens today. It was awesome!
Original Sin #6 (of 8) (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Who Pulled the Trigger?
Nick Fury has become despicable. Of course readers have always been fascinated by his character, the spy who will always take on the dirty tasks. He’s a spy, that’s what spies do, they undertake missions others cannot.
But in this issue, he was utterly and completely despicable and it probably the man who shot the Watcher as he is the man who undertook all these missions, calling together all these people to inventigate this murder, unravelling who he was in order to find a replacement since he is, guess what, dying. Nick Fury is dying, and might be dead by the time this arc ends.
Considering the last issue was such a letdown, this was actually a very good issue when the Avengers and everyone else decide to face off against a paranoid and delusional Nicky Fury. Jason Aaron has done the impossible, he was able to turn a hero into a villain. Okay, so maybe that’s not impossible, but he made it so easy to dislike the character. That is good writing right there, and good story telling.
The biggest problem here is the tangent that this story has taken from the murder of the Watcher. It hasn’t been officially confirmed that it was Nick Fury who killed him, considering how mad he has become in this issue, it’s more than likely that it was his doing. Awesome, great, he’s the villain, but to establish that the writer really didn’t need to focus on all these other aspects of the stories, these minor incidents to build the story, it would have worked otherwise, even better. Not to mention, the cast is huge, there’s no real clear indication of who is where and who is working with who and that is jarring for the reader. A lot if going on in this issue that wasn’t going on in the last issue.
This story had such a strong start, but now it just feels lost and floundering.
WRITER: JASON AARON
ARTIST: MIKE DEODATO
COLORIST: FRANK MARTIN
PUBLISHER: MARVEL COMICS
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #3 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.50)
Son of Dathomir | Part 3
Only in fiction could a character survive such a wound. Guess you can’t keep a good villain down.
Darth Maul is a fan favorite character because he just won’t stay dead, because of how interesting he looks and his backstory. In the star wars universe his appearance was fresh, and his story was as well. On the very surface he looks like a Sith, he looks evil. How can anyone who doesn’t have red skin and horns not look evil. That’s what makes him so appealing.
But then again, when you have good writing all around. Dark Horse really knows how to pick it’s authors doesn’t it? Rhetorical question. Anyway, I digress, this story functions by bringing Count Dooku and Darth Maul together, their ranks joining because Maul and his mother got inside Dooku’s head and make him, even for a split second, realize the truth: that Palpatine is looking for a new apprentice. Every Star Wars fan knows who he has his sights set on. But this realization creates a tentative alliance between the two Sith as they face off against Obi-Wan and the Jedi forces.
It’s an overall strong story that connects to the prequel trilogy very well while also staying true to the original star wars. It’s hard to push aside what has been established in the films and Barlow doesn’t ignore the foundation before but rather grabs the good parts and builds off of it. Characterization again was well done on all parts, and the artistry that paints the expressions, even the hidden ones that only the audiences can see, raise up so much emotion in regards to the readers. There is a lot going on, but it’s but together well.
WRITER: JEREMY BARLOW
PENCILLER: JUAN FRIGERI
INKER: MAURO VARGAS
COLORIST: WES DZIOBA
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS