Original Sin #0

Original Sin #0

Event\Storyline: Original Sin Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Paco Medina, Jim Cheung Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 12
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

IT'S THE PROLOGUE TO THE BIGGEST MARVEL SERIES OF THE SUMMER!
WHO IS THE WATCHER? That's what Nova is wondering after his latest brush with the moon-dwelling enigma he's encountered before! But what he discovers will have a profound effect on the young hero, as well as priming the pump for the most cataclysmic event in Marvel history! WHAT DID HE SEE?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 23, 2014

    There were a lot of doubts about this book, as Marvel seems to be jumping from event to event; however, this #0 issue is extremely interesting and a ton of fun. Waid gives this book a ton of heart, with an underlying depressing story about a boy trying to find his father. As far as the creative team goes, there's a lot of big talent on this book, coming together to make a fantastic introductory issue. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - liamkelleher333 Apr 25, 2014

    I have no idea how the art chores were broken up between Jim Cheung and Paco Medina, the whole book looks like it was produced by a single artist which is high praise for the art team indeed. I can't think of a recent Marvel book that had two separate artists that were more simpatico, if it allows Cheung to produce more of his iconic looking work then may I vote that he continue to work with Medina indefinitely? Beautiful, beautiful art and top notch story telling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 28, 2014

    Regardless of those (very) small hiccups, Original Sin #0 has made a Marvel reader out of me. Their focus on the human aspect of characters, having the reader fully understand them and their motivations, will inevitably be their greatest strength going forward and it's up to the creative teams to capitalize on that. This issue sets forth a precedence of quality that will hopefully be met with each subsequent issue. For the meantime, however, Waid and the rest of the creative team deserves to give themselves a generous pat on the back " they've definitely earned it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 24, 2014

    Jim Cheung, Paco Medina and five inkers provide the artwork, and it's excellent, giving the Watcher a suitably alien look and environment, but instilling in the characters a strong heft and real-world grit. Lovely work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 23, 2014

    Overall, quite a damn good issue and I'd certainly recommend it. Sam Alexander and Uatu convert here! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 25, 2014

    There is a lot of information crammed into Original Sin #0, the fact that it never visually bores is a testament to two artists that know how to get the most out of classic comic art. Some of the colors feel a little one-sided, when compared with the scale of the issue. Still, this is now a Marvel event I'm actually excited to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 2, 2014

    Jim Cheung and Paco Medina both handle the art on this issue and to be honest, during my first read through I wasn't able to tell that there were two pencillers. The art is fantastic throughout and there are some really impressive splash pages that absolutely impress. Seeing Cheung's artwork here makes me wish that he was handling the art on the whole event, but I'm still looking forward to seeing what regular series artist Mike Deadato will do on a stage this big. Cheung and Morales make this book shine even with 5 inkers (including Cheung and Morales) and Justin Ponsor's colors bring the science fiction settings to life. This is a great issue that serves this event well. Again, it may not be required reading, but it's great great reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Nov 23, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Apr 24, 2014

    Overall, Original Sin is already starting to seem like a very promising event, and I can't wait for it to start already. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Lune Apr 25, 2014

    What could have been, and almost should have been, a throwaway issue became a surprisingly moving and elegantly crafted tale. It manages to fulfil its original criteria of re-establishing the Watcher for new audiences, but does it in a way that makes you look past the cynicism and actually care. It didn't need to be this good, but the Original Sin behemoth is all the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 7, 2014

    Cheung is great here. What I like about this issue is how the art of inking matters. Several inkers worked on this comic book. Many comic books publishers no longer have their comics inked. I think it is a loss. The shadow and contrasts in this issue alone show that good colouring is not always the answer to creating mood and ambience in a comic. This comic book is not necessary to follow Original Sin but fun nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Apr 24, 2014

    By and large, Original Sin is off to one heck of a start. Waid writes intriguing characters and plots, while Cheung and Medina work together to bring some impressive art together. Its hard to tell how this series will turn out, but so far, things are looking pretty great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Apr 24, 2014

    Original Sin #0 is a great start to a huge event that will change the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 23, 2014

    If anything, I can only hope that Jason Aaron uses Mark Waid as an example for the rest of Original Sin. Rather than try to blow up the biggest target possible, Waid zeroes in on a much more vulnerable spot - our hearts. Yes, this may be a whimper rather than a bang - but it's much more readable than some of the Big Two's more action-oriented blockbusters. If this event winds up being the one that focuses on the humanity behind the Marvel superheroes, Original Sin could be the best event comic in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 23, 2014

    While the focus on Uatu and his growing relationship with Nova might not be the most significant lead-in to a massive crossover event, "Original Sin" #0 is a wonderfully revealing story that throws open the history of the Marvel Universe for new readers. The issue has plenty for readers to study, interpret and, quite simply and most preferably, enjoy. Waid has crafted a fun story with legitimate ramifications, but it doesn't forget to provide readers with fun and amusement along the way. Cheung and Medina pick up on that note and really do a great job making this a comic book I'll be reading again, soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Apr 24, 2014

    Go out right now and start this great mini-series by Marvel. What I thought would just be a marketing ploy is something much greater, and well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 23, 2014

    The board is set and the pieces are starting to move and hopefully by now, Mark Waid and his talented art team have given readers their first tantalizing glimpses into what Original Sin has in store for them. All too often prologue comics are only worth looking into for completionist purposes. Usually they are limited to close to the chest plotting and a small drip of information when it comes to characterization, but I am more than pleased to say that all of that is nowhere to be found in the pages of Original Sin #0. Mark Waid and his team, clearly unsatisfied with just delivering a run-of-the-mill tease, offer up an easy access point into the characters and backstory of the players involved with Original Sin all wrapped up in a gorgeously rendered and fun superhero yarn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Apr 27, 2014

    Overall, this is a pretty small story. It's not as ambitious as what's to come when the main series gets started, but it shares some very important information that should come in handy down the line on top of being a very well-crafted tale with wonderful artwork. Now that we have gotten the ball rolling with one "original sin", I'm definitely ready for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 1, 2014

    As a prologue, Original Sin kicks off very well here, albeit at a higher price with a higher page count that makes me think twice about other issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie May 2, 2014

    I have never been a fan of the watcher so I don't know if his back-story has been published but we are given a history mission here and we see why the Watchers have a vow of non-interference. Marvel have released some stinkers as events over the years (Siege I'm looking at you) but I have high hopes that this can be one of the better crossovers based on this book. The creative team of Waid and Cheung are among the biggest and best names in the industry and are on top form here, making people care about a character nobody really cares about. This was an entertaining book and is fun for fans of all ages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 24, 2014

    Jim Cheung and Paco Medina share pencilling duties on this issue. And while it's disappointing that Cheung isn't flying solo as originally solicited, at least the various inkers involved are able to downplay the shifts between pencillers and keep up a high standard of cinematic flair. There are several splash pages in this issue that stand out as very event-worthy. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Apr 26, 2014

    While Original Sin #0 does nothing to get me on Uatu's side, it is a well done set up to this big event. Events usually need time to be completed and thus end up being about 6-10 issues so doing a zero issue as a prologue should help ease the need to pack too much together. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Apr 29, 2014

    That's the daunting question that readers are left to ask at the end of Original Sin #0. While the details tended to drag and were sometimes obscured by Nova's immaturity, the emotional stakes are definitely raised by this story. It may not be necessary in the overall Original Sin event, but it gives a great deal of emotional weight to the story. It's like adding chocolate sauce to a hot fudge sundae. It may get lost in the mix, but it still improves the overall product. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kenny Sanders Apr 29, 2014

    Waid's story got me more familiar with Uatu as well as more interest for the upcoming big event. And damn if this comic ain't pretty as hell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 26, 2014

    It's a well-written story about the young Nova hanging around the Watcher's bachelor pad. And Cheung is one of the best comic book artists in the business, so it looks damn good too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 26, 2014

    You have to ask yourself if you are ready for an event about The Watcher. This issue will at least fill you in about the character. What's interesting is that the author of the event is Jason Aaron and not Mark Waid, but Waid provides the opening. This is an okay comic book but hardly worth the money and is definitely forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 22, 2014

    Original Sin #0 is a solid Nova comic, but I don't feel it fills much of a purpose as a prequel to Original Sin #1. Nova readers will enjoy seeing Uatu and Sam hanging out again, but that's about all this comic accomplishes. I'm not craving the first issue of Original Sin any more than when I started reading issue #0, and that is a big miss for Marvel as the door was wide open to get readers revved up for their big event of the summer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Synthozoid Apr 25, 2014

    I enjoyed it, but why was it 5 bucks?

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Apr 24, 2014

    A simple story told very well. Waid delivers on his reputation for giving complete fulfilling story structure coupled with superb characterization. Cheung and Medina draft exquisite artwork that is inspiring in certain moments. The story is self-contained, so how necessary it was to tell this will be revealed as Original Sin continues I suppose. I'm disappointed that Waid will not carry the event through from here. My only criticism is that the story probably could have been contained within a regular sized issue as opposed to this slightly oversized issue that costs $4.99; especially knowing there will be at least eight more issues to buy (more if you go for that 3.whatever B.S. or Original SinS plural)

  • 8.0
    Thomas May 22, 2014

    Good introduction to the Watcher for people who don't really know what he is about. Not a necessary read for those who already knew. If you are a fan of the Sam Alexander(Nova) than you might wnat to pick this up since it has a revelation that is important for the character. The story is nicely told and i liked the sorta melancholic way the Watcher comes across. The art is nicely done. The only really weird thing are the Watchers eyes. They are either in shadows or when you can kinda see them they appear black. From what i have seen they should be white. Just a little weird thing on the side. Overall a good read.

  • 8.0
    MatchesMalone May 29, 2014

    Ultimately a good read but in no way worth the price tag.

  • 8.0
    DarioV Dec 9, 2014

    The nth groundbreaking event from Marvel starts off with an issue #0 by one of my favorite writers in the industry: Mark Waid. Apparently this guy feels comfortable in any role, from the weird/funny/horrifying "Daredevil" through the psychological "Indestructible Hulk", to the introspective and somewhat scary "Original Sin" #0. This is the story of Uatu the Observer, a mysterious being whose motives are uncertain for the Avenger elite as well, as it seems. Waid builds an incredible origin story (and the "original sin" connected to it) for the character, managing to be both funny in his characterization of Sam (Nova) and upsetting in the second part of the book. Maybe the first pages could have been a little more lively instead of a synopsis of the previous episodes in Sam's life, but it was totally, 100% worth it. It's too bad that Waid won't keep writing the following issues.

  • 7.0
    jac's picks Aug 2, 2014

    What this issue has to do with the next 8 is not apparent. I don't really enjoy Waid's stories, they just seem very nineties to me. Chueng and Medina's art is very good though.

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