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Original Sin #0 (of 8)

by King on November 23, 2014

Original Sin #0 Main Image
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jim Cheung/Mark Morales
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel
 
Waid strikes gold again, in a very heartfelt prelude to Marvel’s latest event.
 
Original Sin #0 centers on the Nova Corps’ latest inductee (Sam Alexander), as well as him asking the issues headline question: Who is the Watcher? Of course, being young and hot blooded as he is, Sam pays a direct house visit to the Marvel 616’s most infamous silent sentinel, Uatu. For those who have been keeping up with the latest Nova series, they know that this is not Sam’s first encounter with Uatu.
 
In what essentially boils down to a cosmic level episode of cribs, Sam explores Uatu’s moonside lair, and comes face to face with the actual reasons behind the Watchers’ solemn vow to only observe (for all the good that does), and has probably just become the single most connected individual to the Watchers in the Marvel 616. Waid also sets up enough of a baseline for whatever events may come to pass in the Original Sin storyline, and delivers a somewhat emotionally driven single issue in the process. Not bad. Although, in the spirit of not wholly spoiling things, I will let you know one thing: The Watcher speaks. (Ambiguous enough? Good.)
 
I don’t know that I can speak for the rest of the series, but if subsequent issues of Original Sin can be this driven and directed in terms of conveying an actual plot, we might actually have a decent event on our hands.

Our Score:

9/10

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