Let’s begin this one with how great the art looks. Mike Deodato’s art and Frank Martin’s colors have been great. Starting off with a flashback days before the Watcher’s death is a visual feast. The look of the flashback along with the energy pouring off Uatu looks amazing. During this final conversation, the stunned look or anger on characters really conveys the mood of the moment. One of the things I really love about this story is the consistency of the art team throughout the entire run.
As Jason Aaron runs us through the end of the story, we see battles on different fronts. You can feel the build up as it’s all headed towards the end. You know things won’t end well for some and as the answers get closer, you almost start to fear what might be revealed. We do get to see what happened to Uatu. It is heart-breaking in a way. This is a character that’s been around longer than I’ve been reading comics. It’s not something I imagined I’d ever see but I can appreciate how the events played out and why it went down this way.
Often in these sort of big comic book events, you’re left with the feeling that not a whole lot happened. There’s usually a lot of build up with the story slowly leading into the next event. With this one, we do have some consequences. You can see how some characters have changed through the whole experience. Obviously Thor is now dealing with some big issues. Steve Rogers won’t be sure what to think about the secrets one of his best friends kept from him for years. And it might not be the biggest secret but one character in particular will be going down a new path. Tough choices had to be made.
We’re used to the roles of characters mainly staying the same. With some of the changes, we’ll have to wait to see how things continue to develop for those characters. When it comes to characters we’re attached to, it can be difficult to accept changes be made unless there are worthy reasons.
Some of the answers we get are satisfying. There is still a tiny big of confusion. Looking back at the entire story, there were moments where things went a little slow. That time could have been used to push the story more or used to give us more of a look at the aftermath and consequences. Everything pretty quickly just comes to an end. We’re seeing a handful of heroes taking in everything that just went down. It would be nice to see how this will affect them and how much they’ll keep to themselves and how much they’ll share with the others in their lives. There are some characters that feel like they’ve just shrugged off the events. There’s a lot of characters so hopefully we’ll see more follow up.
Also, after eight issues, I'm not 100% clear on what Doctor Midas' motives were. Just about power? Okay. The big thing for me is the fact that this is the end of Uatu's story. It feels a little empty with what we saw in the first issue or even the prelude in the pages of NOVA. What about his recent condemning of Hank McCoy? We started seeing the Watcher become a little more human and it feels as if his death was just to shake things up a little for a couple characters. But the Watcher's mate, Ulana, had his kid, right?
Comic readers have become very skeptical over comic book events lately. ORIGINAL SIN had some ups and downs but overall, it’s been an intriguing story. The Watcher was a character we all took for granted over the years. The idea of the knowledge and power he contained was never really explored. This final issue delivers the answers we’ve been waiting for and does shake up the status quo for some characters. This is what we want and expect in big events. Mike Deodato and Frank Martin have done an amazing job throughout the entire series. To further show the impact of the story, I actually really want to know what’s going to happen next for a lot of the characters. There may have been some pacing issues during the story but ORIGINAL SIN has been a satisfying read, for the most part. It’s a story I’ll likely want to read again, especially to look at Deodato's art some more. I’m a little concerned for what happens next for some characters and that’s a testament for Jason Aaron pulling me into the story and making me care.