I’m not sure where I stand on this one. I get what Fraction is trying to do in having the prologue and exposition for Fear Itself actually happen after the event has finished, but I’m not sure if it worked, things in that story make sense now retroactively, but I can’t help but feel that fan response to FI would have been more positive on the whole if we had known this stuff about Cul and Odin beforehand. But it’s all moot now, in generations to come readers can do just that. As it stands this is just a damn good single issue that sheds a lot of light on the back-story of Odin and features some great Godly dialogue and fight scenes and fantastic art from Pasqual Ferry. I’m not sure where this book is going now that Thor is dead, but if it continues to be this good without him (yes, I know he appears as a baby), I don’t mind. Essential reading for Fear Itself fans methinks.