Marvel wanted to make sure that you knew that you could run to your comic book store today and pick up the very first issue of Fear Itself #1.

With the world in turmoil, the sadistic Sin, daughter of the Red Skull, unearths a secret that will rock the Marvel Universe to it’s very foundation! It’s up to Captain America, Thor and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to answer the call once more while enduring their worst fears personified.

So, are you buying the issue, or skipping the event?

via Marvel

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. James M. Adams
    April 6, 2011 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I’m gonna pass, all these “events” that do nothing but satisfy a writers creative itch without any long term consequence have finally broken me. I’m finding stuff that isn’t event heavy and running with it.

  2. Oldcomicfan
    April 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    Do you have to ask? I’m going to skip it, of course. Partly because I was on board for the original EVENT stories – you know, Secret Wars (which weren’t secret) and Crisis on Infinite Earths. And rather than delivering shocking, in-depth stories that would set the universe on it’s ear, both companies delivered “special” series that featured second rate art and incoherent story lines that required them to strain their brain (and our credibility) to the limits to try to wrap up the series with some sort of ending that sort of made a little bit of sense. It was obvious at the time that these “event” series were only being schocked out in order to get people to buy all the other publisher’s series which had “tie-in” stories (but aside from the tie in bits, their main books continued, ignoring the fact that Spiderman was in a black costume now, or that all the Super Friends were off world and/or dead at the time). Worse yet, immediately after their big events, both Marvel and DC set about trying to unwrite themselves out of the corners they had written themselves into with “Secret Wars” and “Crisis”. I have seen nothing in the decades since that would make me believe that these now annual “event” series have gotten any better or more coherent. In fact, these event series remind me of nothing so much as the Super Giant Big Summer Fun issues Marvel and DC used to put out, in the 50’s and 60’s, that were nothing more than a way to cram out an extra issue of drek, using their second string of writers and artists, in order to bilk unwary kids out of an extra quarter.

    • Damascus
      May 12, 2011 at 12:38 am — Reply

      I’ve always thought that the art in Crisis on Infinite Earths was very good.

  3. Spiderlover
    April 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Yes I bought it and read it. So far I like it, bring me more!

  4. TaZ
    April 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    Nope. Does not have an appeal to me in any shape or fashion. Marvel’s pretty much killed off any interest I have in any of their “events” with the previews they’ve got out (Steve Rogers as Cap, another Avengers shake-up, etc.)

  5. Capt_Magellan
    April 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    I’ll wait until I can get a copy of the collection from my local library.

  6. Belmont
    April 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    Pass another reason why any Marvel title isn’t on my autopull list. They’ve lost the magic they once had….

  7. Armaan Babu
    April 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm — Reply

    Um, after reading Fear Itself #1… this doesn’t feel like an event so much as a really, really good read that just happens to reflect in other stories.
    The writers can’t be that dumb, they KNOW we’re sick of events and of it seeming like we’re forced to buy comics we don’t want just to get the whole story. When they said that you don’t really have to buy aaaaallll the comics to get the full event, I believe them.

    This story somehow doesn’t seem powerful because of shock value, it feels powerful because of the tension subtleties, because it actually feels like the world is going to get its ass kicked and it’s going to HURT, no matter that it will get saved.

    It looks scary.

  8. chillidawg72
    April 7, 2011 at 11:57 am — Reply

    I’m sure that anybody that goes to the effort of posing on this site to say “I’m not interested.” is really only telling a half truth. If you were not interested, you wouldn’t have responded at all. I’m sure most people would be willing to give it at least a glance to see if it will continue to hold their interest. If that happens or not is what is in question here.

  9. Blam Sadley
    April 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I was gonna pass on it, but it was a very light week for me, so I copped it. I’m tried of Marvel events, they have not been very good.

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