Two Fear Itself crossover books to get through today. I'm mildly optimistic that both of them should be pretty good reads. Does my optimism pay off? Let's find out!
Fear Itself: The Home Front #3(of 7):
Summary: We have four stories here, but I'm only going to summarize the first one... Miriam Sharp, who held Speedball somewhat responsible for the death of her son during that Civil War mess, convinces a bunch of idiots to free Speedball from the deadly plastic bag they had placed over his head... That's right, they were gonna suffocate him with a plastic bag! With how messed up everything was thanks to the whole Fear Itself event, Miriam figures Speedball could do more good dead than alive, and since she was toting a shotgun, while the mob only had a plastic bag, they free Speedball. Upon learning how bad things had gotten, Speedball wants to rush to Washington DC to assist his Avengers Academy students, but Miriam tells Speedball that there were enough heroes in DC, and that he should head somewhere with little to no hero protection. Speedball reluctantly agrees with that logic and heads out to a small town in Missouri that was about to be trampled by the Juggernaut(!). Trying to talk sense to the possessed Juggernaut gets him no where, so Speedball uses his... um, Speedball bubble powers to literally launch Juggy out of town. Juggy turns around and slams his hammer down, splitting the town in half, but continues on his way from there, leaving the town in peace. From there, Speedball decides to try to assist other towns that didn't have a super-hero defending it, and as such heads to Newfoundland to take on Attuma.
Thoughts: Eh. As I said, the other three stories didn't really impress me(well, the Cardiac one wasn't that bad), so this was basically a one story comic for me. I liked the Speedball stuff... I didn't love it, but I liked it, it was readable, and left me with no real complaints. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the old New Warriors characters,
Score: 7 out of 10.What kind of hero nearly gets killed by a plastic bag?!
Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #2(of 6):
Summary: This issue starts off with Prodigy convincing Thor Girl to turn herself over to the panicky authorities, who thought that she may have had something to do with the Serpent due to her ties to Asgard. From there we head to New Jersey where Gravity and Firestar are leading a team of super-heroes at a office building that had dissolved into chaos. Gravity is distracted by the news that somebody died during the battle in Washington DC(Grr.....), and enters the office building, getting himself shot in the chest by Crossbones(!!)(who obviously escaped from the Raft). Crossbones treats Gravity's team like a bunch of rank amateurs(HA!) and manages to escape from them after tossing a grenade. Gravity is physically fine from being shot, but is mentally shaken by the Fear Itself events, and quits the team, leaving Firestar behind. From there, Hardball invites Komodo to Las Vegas, where he had managed to convince the police to enforce a round the clock curfew for the citizens. With everything quiet, it Hardball seems intent on hanging around the deserted city with Komodo, until he gets word from Prodigy that the possessed Juggernaut was heading straight for Vegas, and it was up to his team to do the impossible... Stop the Juggernaut! Finally, Thor Girl is being tortured by the officials she was handed over to, but is freed by her old Initiative teammate, Cloud 9, who realizes Thor Girl could be doing WAY more good on the outside of a cell.
Thoughts: First off, this issue featured Hardball, so it automatically gets a score of a 7 or higher, as per my Hardball rule. Basically, I liked everything about this one. I like pretty much all the characters featured here, since I do love my b and c-list Marvel heroes, and the story was fast and enjoyable. With the next issue featuring Hardball and his Heavy Hitters standing up to the JUGGERNAUT in order to save Las Vegas, you KNOW I'll be looking forward to that! Now if something happens to Hardball after what happened in Fear Itself #3, look out, because I'll be ALL sorts of pissed off!
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Hardball can make any comic better!