ORIGINAL SIN #4
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mike Deodato
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Take what you know about the Marvel Universe and chuck it out the window: Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato are changing the game and their twists and turns are going to blow your mind.
Original Sin #3 ended rather controversially, to say the least, with the Winter Soldier shocking Marvel fans and leaving them saying “WHAT?!!?!?”. Original Sin #4 continues in that tradition, diving head first into the confusing situation the black-ops heroes find themselves in and digging into just who it was who assembled them, and what they are hunting for. Aaron writes this bizarre group of characters well, throwing all their massive egos into one messy fracas that is extremely entertaining to read. This crew is from all over the place and Aaron handles the characters well. They make little sense together as a “team” and Aaron uses that to his full advantage. Seeing The Punisher with one particular guest star is sure to get people talking, and considering how dark this book is there is just the right amount of humour to keep it fully entertaining.
Aaron is taking this series through twists and turns that are an absolute joy to read. This story is becoming more engrossing by the page and as Aaron slowly lets this mystery grow and flow I find myself becoming pulled deeper and deeper into Original Sin. This concept is brilliant and his character work is so strong that you can’t help but be sucked in by this plot. This is as high stakes as a story gets in superhero comics and Aaron is throwing curveballs left, right and center to keep readers on their toes. This is some of his best work in the Marvel Universe and this dark tale has got me hook, line and sinker.
This is a dark story and Mike Deodato handles the dark artwork very well. His work, especially in the latter half of the issue, is brilliant as he handles the massive crew very well. The dark brutality that underscores this entire event is evident at all times in the tone of the artwork and makes this event work very well. There is obviously a huge story in the shadows of Original Sin and Deodato sets the perfect tone for the event with every page in this issue. He handles the locales very well and his splash pages are jaw dropping. The closing page of this issue is another shocker and will have people questioning what the hell is going on just as much as they did in issue #3, and Deodato absolutely nails it.
Original Sin #4 is the strongest issue of the series so far and the focus on the black ops team was a strong choice by the creative team. The issue closes on an extremely high note and has me craving #5 just as badly as I wanted #4, and I applaud Aaron and Deodato for having me genuinely confused as to what is going to be thrown at me next. It’s not often a major event can keep readers on their toes like this, but Original Sin is not a regular event. This dark, brooding tale is exciting and dynamic and everything I could ask for from a major event book.
The Verdict: 10/10