Marvel has a company-wide crossover event called Fear Itself that I’m currently reading, which brings about memories of past crossover events that I’ve read and collected, stories like Civil War, Siege, and Shadowland. It’s quite challenging financially to catch up on all the tie-ins of a major event, so I thought I’d do my part and talk about Fear Itself’s tie-ins (SPOILER alert).
The main story has ended, and a lot of tie-ins have wrapped up. Honestly, I’m quite disappointed with how the story turned out, so I’m a bit demotivated to finish reading and reviewing these tie-ins.
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521-#523
The chaos of Fear Itself had resulted in the Hate Monger’s spirit to return and possess a bigot who had then used the Hate Monger’s power of mind control to bend the people against immigrants in Hell’s Kitchen. This puts this new Hate Monger and his henchman, the American Panther, against the Black Panther. Like the Herc tie-in, this is a really good read that doesn’t have strong ties to the Fear Itself story. If you’re looking for a complete Fear Itself experience, you can skip this. But if you’re a Black Panther fan or you just want a good read, this can be a good jumping on point for this series.
Fearsome Four #1-#4
This tie in is about Howard the Duck’s quest to stop the Man-Thing, whose power stems from fear, from consuming the city. He enlists She-Hulk, Nighthawk, and Frankenstein’s Monster to aide him. I wouldn’t recommend picking up this title for several reasons: this has very little to do with Fear Itself, the story poses continuity problems as the Man-Thing was central to the Thunderbolts tie-ins, the cast is composed of B- and C-listers, and I found the story to be just average. No offense to the creators but I have to admit that I had to force myself to read through this for the sake of reviewing it. It wasn’t bad at all, but not good enough to be a must read.
Alpha Flight #1-#4
Canada’s premier superhero team deals with Attuma in the first issue, but I don’t see how the rest of the “tie-in” issues actually tie into Fear Itself. In the succeeding issues, the team deals with an enemy from within the government that turns the people against them, as well as a surprising traitor in their ranks. Only the first issue is a must-read if you’re only considering strong ties to the Fear Itself story. But it’s a good read and a good start to a new ongoing series that reintroduces the team to the Marvel Universe. I hope this ongoing lasts longer than Marvel’s last attempt at an Alpha Flight series.
Fear Itself: The Monkey King #1
This is a one-shot that tells the origin of the Monkey King, the character who briefly tussled with the Absorbing Man and Titania in the Iron Man 2.0 Fear Itself tie-ins. This has nothing to do with Fear Itself at all, only a a spinoff of a Fear Itself tie-in. A nice read, but the Fear Itself tag is misleading. Iron Fist fans should pick this up, but those focused on just Fear Itself can skip this.
New Mutants #29-#32
This tie-in has the New Mutants follow Dani Moonstar, who is summoned to Hel by Hela in order to aide her against the Draumar, undying warriors who were formerly commanded by the Serpent. The sequence that shows how the Serpent lost to Odin is a must-read, but the rest of the tie-in is like a side-story that shows how the Serpent’s forces is affecting Hela’s realm.