Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1
The problem with a book like Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt is that there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of reason for it. Here is a book continuing a series that ended a while back. The series featured new characters and at the end of the day, there aren't threads and threads of devoted fans demanding its return on the comic book message boards. Given some statements from Marvel officials recently, we must not be pissed off about them enough to care.
Furthermore, it shows a problem with Twigg’s whole argument that the old books need to end to make way for new. There is nothing wrong with wanting new, there should be new, it is how the medium will grow one day. However, whether a character has been around for 80 years, 30 years or less than five, you have to write compelling stories.
Herein lies the real problem with this book, soapboxing aside. I just don’t care. It was a struggle to get through the whole thing. Yeah, crazy stuff is happening in the Marvel Universe, so Steve Rogers calls Prodigy to start up a new team. None of this really makes sense. It isn’t an X-Force situation where you are putting together a special forces team of the best of the best. No, Steve seems to be grasping at straws and tells Prodigy to restart the Initiative on his own terms. Maybe because he knows it is a stupid idea, maybe because he is lazy, Prodigy uses it as an excuse to get the band back together.
It’s a cliché ridden story full of slightly ham fisted dialogue and characters this reader (and a lot of other readers) is not familiar with. It’s not awful, problem is… it’s not great either. It just is and since it has an event banner on it, it starts to feel like less than it is as it appears to be a bit of a money grab.
Norton’s art is competent, nothing special there either.
It’s an average book. That’s what happen when you pick random tie-in minis to review.
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman