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REVIEW: Original Sin #5 – Eye-Patches for Everyone

By Cody Mudge

Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: Mike Deodato

Published by: Marvel Comics

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My spider-sense is telling me that “Original Sin #5” is going to read a lot better when this event is collected into a trade paperback. As an issue on its own, it leaves the reader puzzled over the decision to spend so much valuable time in the past, bringing about a pacing issue that we’ve rarely, if ever, seen from a Jason Aaron written comic. Nick Fury and the secret behind some of his past exploits are the focus of this story. To say that it’s unconventional to head into the second half of a limited series by spending an issue decades in the past is an understatement. It only works because of Mike Deodato’s incredible art and Aaron’s vivid imagination.

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When the dust settles on this issue we’re left with a pretty staggering addition to the status quo of the Marvel Universe. Say what you want about Original Sin but it definitely has delivered something that Marvel can use in the future to create some pretty compelling stories. This is likely one of those installments that works fine if you’re reading the story in a collected edition but everyone who has been following this series read this comic and ended up with more questions instead of more answers. As I’ve said in reviews on previous issues of this series, Aaron is a very talented writer and I trust him to pull off the ending but this issue left me worried that this whole Fury business is the biggest thing this series has to say.

Without spoiling the content of the issue, I’ll suffice it to say that I hope Aaron’s next book is a mini-series exploring some of the revelations we got this week. Hell, I’d even take an ongoing series. There are so many interesting stories that could be told knowing what we know now, that I understand Aaron’s desire to spend an entire issue fleshing out the details.

Deodato is making Original Sin one of the most visually impressive Marvel events of all-time. This issue he digs deep and pulls off, arguably, his best art of this series. His style really suits the science-fiction elements that are at play and his always strong character designs and facial expressions are as impressive as ever. Providing a steady, consistent artistic voice for this series has gone a long way toward not just rewarding readers for their purchase but also establishing a solid reason to forgive the script when it goes off the tracks. Regardless of how you feel the story is progressing, it is pretty hard to see Deodato’s work in “Original Sin #5” and not appreciate his talent.

Verdict:

We’re over halfway through Original Sin and Aaron and Deodato have delivered a pretty strong event so far. The excellence in the visual department have made it much easier to tolerate the occasion shift in pacing with the script. While the art is spectacular, the scripting of this fifth issue was a pretty substantial shift for the series which may have thrown some readers for a loop.

6.9/10