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Original Sin #5 - The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury Review

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Answers are revealed. But not necessarily the ones you were asking.

The Good

Have you recovered from the last two issues of this series? There have been some crazy twists and revelations but there is still the big unanswered question over who killed the Watcher. As some of the pieces are falling into place such as who has been working behind the scenes in arranging the different (and odd) groupings of heroes to work together, the investigation takes a little detour as more bombshells are dropped upon us.

By now you may be aware the title of this issue is "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury." Nick Fury has always been full of secrets. Now it's time to find out everything we didn't know there was to know. Yes, Nick is indeed a man of mystery. It turns out there is much much more to his past. He's done things pretty much no one was aware of. This causes the overall story to take a little break because there is so much to find out. The information is important to the overall story as we see how the pieces all fit together. Jason Aaron really lays it all out for us.

Seeing the different scenes and flashback is pretty cool, courtesy of Mike Deodato and Frank Martin. Some of the scenes really have a nice slick look to them, especially in some of the action parts. When things are blowing up all over the place, the effects almost jump off the page.

The Bad

What we find out is a lot to take in. It does add to Nick's character but despite being part of some of the recent events, it still gives a feeling of interruption in the story. It may be partly for our benefit but it simply felt as if, out of nowhere, Nick decides to tell his life story. You have to wonder exactly why he comes clean, after all this time, and why to this group of characters?

I'm still digging the art but a couple times the inking felt a little thick and the colors a little too glossy.

The Verdict

This issue of ORIGINAL SIN takes a tiny break from the main action. As we discover the true past of a certain character, we get to sit back and enjoy the tale. The information does tie into the overall story but it feels a little disruptive in slowing things down. It is something long time readers and fans of the character won't want to miss. Mike Deodato's art and Frank Martin's colors shine with some minor distractions. What all these revelations mean to the bigger picture and the Marvel Universe remains to be seen. You just might find yourself having to stop and let it all sink in. I can't wait to see what Jason Aaron has in store for us next.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Is this out this week?

Edited by G-Man
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Posted by HumanRocket

Story time with uncle Nick? I love it.

Posted by micah

@g_man: Aren't we supposed to find out who pulled the trigger in this issue? Or is that the next issue?

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Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

@humanrocket: You know Uncle Fury's stories are always amazing .

Posted by Jphu8414

Loving this event so far

Posted by HumanRocket

@micah:That's next issue.

@humanrocket: You know Uncle Fury's stories are always amazing .

I can just tell we're going to hear something that just changes things for a long time.

Posted by Sifighter

Didn't Marvel say there was supposed to be a new character revealed in this issue or something to that effect? I don't mean to cause spoilers, just asking if anyone else heard this.

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Posted by Bl00dwerK

Sounds good...

Posted by GrenadeFlow

If I didn't see this review I might have missed this at the shop. Why didn't Marvel release the preview?

Edited by Wardishy

@grenadeflow: Tom Brevoort said they didn't want to spoil it for the readers.

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Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV

Thie event has been lackluster so far...hopefully AXIS will be better...

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

First event I've actuallyed REALLY enjoyed and couldn't wait for the next issue

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

Okay that explains something's from what happen in this series so far.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

I've enjoyed the event so far but this issue was meh

Posted by saucygiraffe

Does Nick want one of them to take his place?

Posted by etobicoker

The thing about this series that's been bothering me the most is the notion that anything earthly weapon would be capable of taking down a Watcher. Uatu was a cosmic being who's powers were compared to Odin and Galactus.

A bullet, even a "Gamma bullet," as a method of killing a being like this really takes away from the unknowable mythology of the Watchers and Marvel's cosmic characters in general.

Posted by HumanRocket

It's probably one of Nick's old MLD models who didn't want the watcher having been able to seen everything that Nick did.

Edited by etobicoker

I'm half expecting the twist to be the Watcher revealing that he's alive. Uatu is pledged to never interfere with with the beings he observes however by faking his death, he has created circumstances where the earth heroes have started investigating, leading them to discover Fury's somewhat immoral activities on their own. I just can't let go of the fact that given everything we've ever seen, killing a Watcher is simply beyond us.

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I agree with both of these scenarios- they both seem highly likely. There's a lot going on here- more than meets the eye(sorry for the pun- nah, I'm not!)

Posted by longbowhunter

I really got a kick out of seeing Nick Fury floating through space on a meteor, holding a rifle the size of an industrial smoke stack.

Posted by SlamAdams

This was a bit disappointing. Interesting back story, but I was hoping for some forward motion. Oh well still a good event so far. Fingers crossed, knock on wood

Edited by AndySynn

It's quite funny, but I actually posited this EXACT role for Lex Luthor in another thread before this was revealed. Odd coincidence. Could be that OS was subliminally feeding into my thoughts.

I must say though that I am REALLY enjoying OS, because it's very much NOT an "event-event" - it's more of a general crossover where certain people are drawn in, but not everyone's forced to interact with the same overarching plot line. Gives it a nice freshness.

I really do like NF as "the man who guards the wall", and think it adds a whole new level of depth and intrigue to the character. Plus some of the concepts and visuals are just awesome. My tentative prediction however is that Nick DIDN'T murder Uatu. In fact, one possibility is that Nick and Uatu were tacitly "in cahoots", with The Watcher either turning a blind eye towards Nick's activities (as part of his personal mission to protect the Earth, a la warning heroes when he strictly isn't supposed to)..

OR - that Uatu was in fact the one who's been feeding Nick this information about potential threats to the Earth. That really would be a major twist, if The Watcher had been leaking his secrets to Fury all these years.

Posted by Owie

The thing about this series that's been bothering me the most is the notion that anything earthly weapon would be capable of taking down a Watcher. Uatu was a cosmic being who's powers were compared to Odin and Galactus.

A bullet, even a "Gamma bullet," as a method of killing a being like this really takes away from the unknowable mythology of the Watchers and Marvel's cosmic characters in general.

Yeah, the whole gamma bullet thing is really an underwhelming idea for a weapon.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@micah said:

@g_man: Aren't we supposed to find out who pulled the trigger in this issue? Or is that the next issue?

Well, the cover art for #6 on the last page says "Who pulled the trigger," sooooooooo.....

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@sparty_dbq: Next issue then LOL, for some reason I read it would be this issue.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

So far I haven't been enjoying this event at all. It seems like like this will be the inverse of Battle Scars, where that was an excuse to shoehorn fake Ultimate Nick Fury this will be an excuse to get rid of th real Nick Fury.

Posted by ThexX

@jonny_anonymous: @g_man: I have a filling Marvel will be releasing a new Team book after this event.

Team Roster:

  • Black Panther
  • Ant-Man
  • Emma Frost
  • Doctor Strange
  • Punisher
  • Gamora
  • Moon Knight
  • Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier)

The New men/women on the Wall.

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Posted by ILLO_29

All I'm going to say is this book featured a flying red 1958 Plymouth Fury (Christine)... 5 stars.

Posted by ForeverMan

It's probably one of Nick's old MLD models who didn't want the watcher having been able to seen everything that Nick did.

This.