I'm going to review the next comic with the Good/Bad/Verdict format, just because. I know I usually do my Marvel reviews using the Review/Thoughts format, but I felt like a change. Yep, it was as simple as that.
Fear Itself: The Fearless #4(of 12):
What Happened: While Valkyrie is getting tips from a dwarf on how to spot weaknesses in any building and how to exploit those weaknesses to enter, Sin, Crossbones and their lackeys have managed to find one of the Serpent's hammers. Where you ask? Why where Namor himself hid the hammer, in the stomach of a massive shark. Sin's crew blow the shark up and go looking for the hammer, but are confronted by Namor(!), which prompts a “game over” from me. However, Sin uses some sorcery taught to her by her mysterious DOA allies and summons three immensely powerful and ancient creatures called Devourers, who... Well I think you can figure it out. Realizing he was outsmarted, Namor is forced to turn his full attention on the Devourers allowing Sin and company to snatch the hammer and make good their escape. From there we head back to Valkyrie, who had managed to break into the Baxter Building(!) and makes her way to the room holding the hammer the Thing had been using during Fear Itself. Before Valkyrie can get at the hammer, she is confronted by the Thing himself, who tells her that she wasn't getting that hammer without going through him first.
The Good: I could be smart and just say everything... This issue was pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. The Namor scene was great. Speaking of great, the cliffhanger was just that. Great. Honestly, story, art and dialogue came together perfectly here.
The Bad: Really? Another dwarf? Seriously, Marvel/Matt Fraction must have dwarfs on the brain or something... Have dwarfs replaced vampires in pop culture and nobody told me? Namor let Sin off too easily... He could have broken her arm or something before letting her go... I didn't see the point of the Valkyrie flashback to open this issue.
The Verdict: This was probably my favorite issue of this “mini”-series. Although, to be honest, this “mini”(sorry, but I hate the term maxi-series) has been surprisingly good from the start. Sure, the last issue was a bit lackluster, but the first two were pretty strong. Considering this series is little more than an obvious money grab by Marvel as they try to squeeze every last penny out of the Fear Itself event, I have to say, I've been very happy with the quality here. Here's hoping that continues for the next 8(!) issues.
Score: 9 out of 10.There's the Namor I know and love!