Original Sin #1

Event\Storyline: Original Sin Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 7, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 19
7.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The Watcher, the mysterious space-god who's been watching us from the moon for as long as we can remember... is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel Comics history.
As Nick Fury leads the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an investigation, other forces are marshaling as well and other questions are arising. Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own, including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Dr. Strange? Who is the Unseen? What was the Original Sin? What was stolen from the Watcher's lair? And most importantly, who now holds the Marvel Universe's darkest secrets in the palm of their ha more

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - John Kowalski May 9, 2014

    Aaron's writing style is concise like always. His dialogue is easy to follow without being overly wordy. Unlike some of his other work, here he has to be more sly with what he gives the reader, holding back key factors. He did this very well in issue one, while piquing my interest enough that I want to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash May 11, 2014

    Marvel has promised a murder mystery and that's what we got. What I noticed from this issue is that the series will not solely focused on the Avengers, which for me is a great thing. Characters like Moon Knight and Winter Soldier will be playing key roles which makes me excited. They deserve the the spotlight because have you read both their series lately? And with Fury taking the lead, being backed by powerful writing and artwork, ‘Original Sin' is shaping up to be another one of Marvel's classic events Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 7, 2014

    As far as event books go Aaron knocked this issue out of the park. Usually there's a ton of exposition to get through, but this issue balances character and plot effectively. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonnie Nadler May 8, 2014

    Kicking off to a great start, “Original Sin” #1 sets the stage for a riveting thriller. There's just something cool about The Punisher, Wolverine, and Captain America playing detectives in a murder myserty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 8, 2014

    This issue is all about setting up the teams, putting the characters in place and amping up the mystery. It does all those things well - but I still fear the outcome. We'll see. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero May 9, 2014

    Aaron hits the ground running, offering snippets of dialogue that emphasize each character's distinct personality. With bold characters and strong personalities such as Gamora, Frank Castle, and Emma Frost, this series has a ton of potential to be an explosive hit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash May 8, 2014

    If some past events have given you a bad taste in your mouth, I would say give Original Sin a try as you might be pleasantly surprised. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio May 11, 2014

    The bottom line is that this is a very solid first issue for a very promising summer blockbuster from top to bottom. The stage has been set for an exciting ride over the course of the next few months. Now that the ball is in motion, I'll be waiting in suspense for the next set of clues about the villains of the story. After all, with the epic collection of heroes introduced in this issue, the villains have to be just as good to pull this off and stand against these warriors seeking retribution for the death of the Watcher. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 7, 2014

    Aaron and Deodato do a fantastic job at balancing more than a dozen characters and the murder plot, all while building suspense and weaving threads to be explored over the next seven issues of the core series as well as the crossovers into the titles involved in the Original Sin event. The art is beautiful, with splash pages and two-pages layouts done right where they need to be in the pacing of the story. And Aaron's prose is polished, dramatic, and fitting whether he's writing quick liners for Ant-Man or somber captions for the overarching narration. This is not a "gimmick" book, as some, ahem, other recent "event" books seem to be. Original Sin looks to be a revealing mystery, and deserves to be read. Check out this book"it shows how a crossover can be done with gravitas. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston May 9, 2014

    Overall, this was definitely one of the better first issues to an event series from Marvel lately. With a strong murder mystery vibe and a cast of fan-favorites under the pen of Aaron and the illustrations of Deodato, this looks like it could be a really interesting series that combines intrigue and intense action into a beautiful mix. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Liam Kelleher May 12, 2014

    This is a great first issue with artwork that not only serves to tell the story but accentuates it, this may feel like it could be Nick Fury senior's last hurrah but if it is then I have every confidence that it's going to be a good story for the character to go out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book City Podcast - Mitchell May 18, 2014

    My liking this book is affected by my fears that this title will suffer from being hard to understand without reading the other Marvel titles tagging along for the event. That being said, I am going to hold out and add this to my ever growing pull list to figure out who holds the eye now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 8, 2014

    The next great Marvel event? It's probably too soon to tell, but this definitely isn't a bad start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston May 5, 2014

    In the grand scheme of things, events come and go. And even with a theoretically major inciting event like the death of Uatu driving it, Original Sin could fall into the seemingly endless cycle of Marvel crossovers. But it does carry an intimacy and attention to characterization that set it apart. Though much of its charm lies in its small picture elements, there's enough big cosmic craziness that, if Jason Aaron can maintain his handle on the cast and the buddy comedy-noir premise of his team ups, Original Sin may actually have something to say. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 5, 2014

    If you've been keeping up with comic book news for the past few months there isn't a lot in the Original Sin #1 that will surprise you, but Aaron and Deodato tell a strong story nonetheless. This issue feels like a powder keg has just been lit, and the fireworks are going to start flying around the entire Marvel U. This event's first issue features a very strong mix of interesting characters that are written and penciled very well, with a mystery and situation that could lead to some fantastic storylines. Original Sin #1 succeeds at setting up what could be an extremely strong event, and I'm definitely coming back for the second installment, as soon as I can. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Max Level Geek - Jonathan Semoneit May 8, 2014

    ScoreI haven't been high on all the events going on lately, but this one delivers. The writing, the character work, the intrigue, the art – this is shaping up to be one awesome whodunit. Another great thing about this book is you don't need to know any complicated back story to read it. Just pick it up and dive in. Good work, Marvel. This is how you properly kick off an event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Lune May 8, 2014

    So all in all the book could have done with being a bit simpler. All the best murder mysteries start off with the who, what, and why's of the crime, but those essential questions are almost lost in the pile of subplots that ultimately detract from the true essence of the book at this early stage. This is in no way a bad book; in fact it's one of the stronger starts for a Marvel event in some time, but it's not the perfect lift off the story needed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 6, 2014

    Who doesn't like a good mystery? Jason Aaron is giving us a pretty big one. The Watcher has played an important role behind the scenes in the Marvel Universe. The idea of him being gone is hard but the idea that his death may unlock deep dark mysteries is pretty fascinating. Aaron assembles an army of characters. Actually we have several different groups being brought together. There is some confusion as to why and who is doing all the arranging but that's just something that will be clear in the coming issues. Mike Deodato's art is always fun to see. His detail and style adds a certain level of elegance to the characters and he has no problem drawing a multitude of different ones. There's bound to be huge repercussions over this. This event won't directly force you to read every single other Marvel title but it's going to be fun to see how the unleashed secrets affects everyone. We're off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg May 6, 2014

    This has the potential of launching so many new stories and taking characters in directions no one could ever guess. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Nov 23, 2014

    Overall, in spite of its slow pace, Original Sin is off to a great start. The intriguing mystery alongside the great character work is captivating. Mike Deodato has a strong showing, bolstering the script with his awesome artwork! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 7, 2014

    Deodato is a pro but his inks are too dark for this series. Many of the backgrounds have fine details that dont look as solid next to the figures he draws. His rendition is excellent. But the line weight of the backgrounds is too thin. It doesnt support the foreground well. This is a problem as there are many shadows and dark areas. It gives too much visual information and does not create the right ensemble. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges May 7, 2014

    Original Sin is full of big heroes and great teams but does start a little too slow. However, I recommend giving it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain May 7, 2014

    Overall, the story is off to a great start, but the art isn't, and is going to need some significant improvements as time goes on. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell May 9, 2014

    Original Sin #1 doesn't offer much more than the cover presents. It features an obligatory brawl which distracts from the story rather than aids it. This can easily be skipped over if you know most of the characters involved. Aaron's understanding and brief representations of the characters along withDeodato's great art save the issue from being wasted time. The issue may not have a lot going for it, but it has so much potential. And that leaves me excited Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 7, 2014

    In some ways, Original Sin #1 isn't so different from other event comic first issues. There's a lot of setup at work, and not a lot of surprises in light of everything Marvel has revealed about this storyline so far. But Aaron's impeccable character work and entertaining pairings bring life and even levity to a generally dark comic. And if this script doesn't always play well to Deodato's, hopefully that will change as the conflict heats up. Original Sin shows every sign of getting better over time rather than worse, and that alone may set it apart from most of these projects. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 8, 2014

    On the art side, I think Mike Deodato delivers the finest work I've ever seen by him. Seriously, this is a gorgeous book, with stellar lighting choices and great layouts and angles. It's really, really nice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Sep 4, 2014

    The Bottom Line: It's been a great example of tone with a singularly well-crafted vision from the creators. Unfortunately, in order to create that tone, several plot elements have to be tenuously connected, at best, and various characters trotted out but ultimately abandoned. I would like to end on a more positive note about the series overall, but as I've been writing, I'm realizing I keep using the word “unsatisfying” too often. It's a present nicely wrapped, but I feel stuck with an expensive sweater I don't want to wear and that I can't return. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dana Keels May 13, 2014

    There's a good deal of set up and it may be hard for the uninitiated to keep up with the plethora of characters in this book. It plays out like a murder mystery, with a lot of characters' identities left a mystery. Let's just hope for a bit of clarity as the book moves forward, seeing how very convoluted it could get. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper May 6, 2014

    All told, the debut series issue gives me hope that the premise of "Original Sin" has touched on something a bit more winning than the standard big disaster event. If the creative team keeps the lens on the characters, as a premise built on those characters' sins allows them to do, this could be a really interesting read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jesse Quick-Rincon Jun 9, 2014

    All in all it gets a warm recommendation but not without a few flaws. I'm still excited about the Original Sin event and I'm curious how the whole mystery is going to play out. I hope in the future they embrace the cosmic roots and step away from the noir stuff because it's played out and I'm not sure it works in this context. I'm especially curious to see how this diverse group of players affects the larger universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 10, 2014

    So far, Original Sin is just a murder mystery starring a bunch of random superheroes. As far as Big Events, go, I've seen worse. I hope this one isn't as gimmicky as Fear Itself. Took me a moment to remember the name of that one" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan May 8, 2014

    A decent start to the event, but some questionable artwork keeps it from being good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 10, 2014

    Marvel loves a good event. They miss more than they hit. This one has the potential to be good but the first issue doesn't jump out of the gate very well. We'll see where this is all heading. Give it a shot, you might like it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker May 8, 2014

    The basic premise of Original Sin has the potential to be great. In order it to take that next step, Aaron/Marvel needs to pick an angle and just roll with it. Sometimes, just having a powerful story is enough to please both old and new fans, no matter how steeped in Marvel history it is. They should try to do that. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 10, 2014

    Captain America says the murder of one of the universe's oldest beings, who just so happens to be based next to Earth, is none ofthe Avengers' business; odd ball team upsare occurring–the worst being Strange and the Punisher; the art is of such a poor quality that if there was no dialogue readers would have difficulty knowing who's who; and the colors have no hope of improving the art. I wanted totear myeyes outafter reading this book. A painfully sad experience. If this is what passes for Marvel's summer blockbuster story, I'm glad that Uatu is dead and doesn't have to watch it. I know I won't any more. Read Full Review

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