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Fear Itself: The Deep #1 (Kyle's review)

Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011
By: Kyle Garret

Cullen Bunn
Lee Garbett, David Meikis (i), John Rauch (c)
Marvel
Around these parts we refer to this as the ďharmonyĒ comic.

See, at my local store (Meltdown Comics in Hollywood), there are two employees, Chris and Caleb. They used to do a podcast together. And they were often at odds when it came to their views on certain comics. I tended to side with Caleb on pretty much everything -- including our love of The Sixth Gun, written by Cullen Bunn.

Chris came late to the Sixth Gun party, so we gave him grief about it. Chris also happens to be a huge Namor fan, to the point where I usually refer to him as an Atlantean sympathizer, because Iím just that nerdy. So I often mock Namor, of for no other reason than to poke at Chris (and also because Namor is lame).

And then it happened: Cullen Bunn (yeah!) would be writing a book featuring Namor (boo!). Like an arranged marriage between the prince and princess of two different royal families, peace fell across Meltdown Comics on Wednesday.

It could have been a temporary peace, mind you, but Cullen Bunn had to go and write a really good comic, featuring some really nice art by Lee Garbett.

A big part of my problem with Namor is the bravado. Bunn, however, flips that on me by humbling Namor right from the start. In fact, the humbling of once great superheroes seems to be something of a theme in this issue, as Dr. Strange is not what he used to be, either. Theyíre bolstered, though, by two women who seem like great characters, but who I know next to nothing about. At least with this new She-Hulk, I have an idea of what she can do. Loa appears to become immaterial and burn people? Or something?

This is the price I pay for ignoring virtually all of Marvelís output these days, but itís a credit to Bunn and Garbett that I donít mind not having this information. The relationship between Namor and Loa, and then Namor and Strange, is more than enough to keep me interested.

I will say that I have one reservation going forward: the character that shows up at the end seems really, really forced. I have faith in Bunn to make it work, but itís hard to imagine how. I would hate to have him added to the mix just for nostalgiaís sake. And, to be perfectly honest, heís never really worked in a group before; Iím perfectly happy with the four characters we already have in this makeshift team.

So, yes, Cullen Bunn has done the impossible and brought peace to my local comic book store. And it looks like heíll even manage to keep that alive, at least for three more months.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ray Tate also reviewed Fear Itself: The Deep #1. Read his thoughts, too!



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