ORIGINAL SIN follows Sam Alexander, the current Nova, as he tries to get to know Uatu The Watcher a bit better. The Watcher has been on the moon for quite a long time but no one has ever really asked him why he is there. In addition, Sam has some questions for The Watcher about what is going on with his life as well.
This issue really reads as the perfect introduction to who Uatu is and where he comes from. Whether you know part of the story or you think you know the whole thing, this is a fantastic introductory story to this character and his people. Writer Mark Waid not only gives the reader quite the enjoyable read, but he also delivers new insight into one of Marvel's most interesting and weird cosmic characters. Most of the questions about Uatu any fan has are answered here, and also, there's a pretty big revelation about the character as the reader learns he's watching a lot more than we ever imagined.
On the other side of things, this is a pretty depressing issue because it's two characters looking for something and only one of them finds an answer, but not a straight forward answer. They find more of a clue. This issue doesn't really give the reader giant insight into the whole "who shot the Watcher" story solicits say we'll be seeing in upcoming ORIGINAL SIN issues, but it does give insight into who Sam Alexander and Uatu are.
On the art side of things, this is a really pretty issue thanks to Jim Cheung with Paco Medina on pencils, and Justin Ponsor on colors. There's four people credited, technically five, as inkers, and at times it shows, but what really shines is Cheung's art and Ponsor's colors. This is the perfect team to tell this story. Ponsor really understands how to connect color to tone so this story gives the reader the fullest emotional effect. As always, Jim Cheung is one hell of an artist. He really puts some great expressions on these characters faces, especially Nova.
While this book is pretty dang new reader friendly, the reader will still need a bit of understanding of what's going on in NOVA. Waid does a good job at catching new readers up, but to really get a full scope of this character and why his talks with Uatu are so important, fans will need to be reading the current NOVA series, but don't worry, it's a pretty good read.
There were a lot of doubts about this book, as Marvel seems to be jumping from event to event; however, this #0 issue is extremely interesting and a ton of fun. Waid gives this book a ton of heart, with an underlying depressing story about a boy trying to find his father. As far as the creative team goes, there's a lot of big talent on this book, coming together to make a fantastic introductory issue. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.