“Fear Itself” is a 2011 seven-issue crossover comic book storyline published by Marvel Comics. The core eponymous miniseries will be written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Laura Martin, while the prologue book starring Captain America and Namor will be produced by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Scott Eaton.
Beware there are spoilers of stories now in print. The story plot so far in summery: During World War II, the Red Skull on orders of Adolf Hitler performs a ritual which causes the Hammer of Skadi (which belonged to the Asgardian goddess Skadi) to fall to Earth where it lands in Antarctica. Traveling to Antarctica, the Red Skull finds the hammer but is unable to lift it. Red Skull has Adolf Hitler’s Thule Society seal it away and put it under their guard. Many years later, Red Skull’s daughter Sin with the help of Baron Zemo retrieves the Book of the Skull that contains the location of the hammer.
While Tony Stark holds a press conference with the Avengers by his side to announce that his company Stark Resilient will help rebuild Asgard in the wake of the Siege, Sin uncovers the Hammer of Skadi. Upon lifting the hammer Sin becomes Skadi and frees her father, the god of fear from an underwater prison. Odin, aware of the return of the god of fear, commands his people to return to the Asgardian plane, against the protests of Thor, whom he has chained and dragged against his will.
I did not want to get sucked in to another major Marvel event. When I heard that there was going to be another Event called “Fear Itself”. I thought why not give the Marvel universe a rest for a while without some cataclysmic tale of destruction and mayhem. Then I read Fear Itself Book One and I am hooked. It is very well written and the art work complements the story quite well. I have always loved Mythology, the thought of Gods and higher being of great power fascinate me. Marvel namely Matt Fraction certainly has my interest.
It is original and different because it is about the struggle we all have with Fear. Marvel has given it a personality one that even Odin the Leader of Asgard shows him great respect and leaves the earthly realm back to the Asgardian realm to get away and shows his son Thor total disrespect on his wishes to stay, forcing him against his will. Wow what a beginning. Now it looks like this fear will spread to the rest of the Marvel universe in a big way, the Heroes greatest fears are unleashed testing the soul of the hero in them. How they deal with this is the test of a true hero and their reason for being.
I think we can all relate when great adversity is forced upon us how we act says a great deal about us. It will be interesting to see how the characters of the Marvel universe react. I think this is worth following as we learn more about the heroes that we have followed for years. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt