Review: Original Sin #3
I certainly did not see that ending coming. Original Sin #3 is the best issue of the event so far, even if Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato still have a problem or two to figure out.
Most of #3 starts to rev the engine of the plot for the rest of the series. It’s just a damn shame that it took three issues to get to that point. Just because you are going to be double shipping a book doesn’t mean that you need to make it eight issues. Infinity was only six issues, double shipped for one month, and felt like it had the perfect amount of issues to tell the story that was being told. Either way, the story is really starting to get interesting. Aaron balances the bloated cast well, although I feel like this won’t factor into #4 due to the Hulk vs Iron Man miniseries starting up soon. Speaking of tie-ins, thank Galactus that this issue wasn’t peppered with a plethora of editor notes about where to go next. I understand they help lapsed readers, but the ad at the end of the issue got that job done nicely without taking up space on the page. There are a few hints to the tie-ins, right after the bomb goes off, but nothing that detracts from the story.
Aaron’s character work continues to be the big selling point for this event. I didn’t once find myself questioning if a line of dialogue was in character. Aaron must have done some deep homework to see if these team ups would be as entertaining as he planned. I find myself longing for more Moon Knight with Gamora and the Winter Soldier. Doctor Strange and the Punisher need themselves a team-up book fast. Aaron’s penchant for zany story points shows up here. Who wouldn’t kill a massive planet with a lot of bullets? Aaron adds a nice amount of humor to keep with the zany ideas and not take the story to seriously. The ending left a slightly sour taste in my mouth. Considering we still have five issues left in the series, I don’t buy it for one second. I’m sure it will be explained away easily enough. I did find myself geniunly shocked by the ending, and my mind went wild with possible explanations for it. And isn’t that the purpose of this ending?
Mike Deodato’s artwork has vastly improved in #3. The heavy inks are mostly gone in favor of lighter colors that show off the detailed artwork that Deodato is known for. Characters are quite expressive and he seems to have let up a tad on the action figure stance that has made his characters appear so stiff. There is a real sense of motion. I’m still not in favor of the massive amount of dead space that Deodato is leaving untouched. It seems wasteful to me and doesn’t add anything to the page. Hulk needs to get his jaw checked out as well. Frank Martin achieves a nice balance with the colors. Characters like Spider-Man stand out nicely, but Nick Fury blends into the background perfectly (much like his character).
Original Sin #3 gets 3.5/5.
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