By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
Original Sin #0 by Mark Waid and Jim Cheung was published by Marvel on the 16th of April.
Over the years, Marvel’s had some solid cross-overs, as well as some not-so-solid ones. Much-hyped (plastic eyes, really!) and with a lot at stake, Original Sin opens with its number zero and I must say that it’s in a good way. Mark Waid crafts a solid cosmic story that’s delightfully grounded, while Jim Cheung and Paco Medina dish out crisp, beautiful art.
[*Spoilers for Original Sin #0 below!]
The story opens with Nova, who goes through a brief flashback explaining his daddy issues. Then he battles a giant god, after which an Avengers encounter gives us what is perhaps the only weak part of the story, when Nova debates the Watcher’s job with the rest of the heroes. It seemed a bit convoluted, but maybe it’ll all make sense by the time the tale begins full-swing in Original Sin #1.
Soon after the fight, Nova zips off to space to visit the Watcher on the moon. They strike up a pretty awkward (and genuinely funny) relationship, making for what was for me the most enjoyable segment of the comic. Also, we’re treated to Uatu’s back-story, as well as that of his all-seeing, cosmos-faring race. It’s a compelling tale which reveals stuff without hindering the mystery lurking around.
The coolest part of Original Sin #0 has got to be when the young hero Nova learned an important bit of info about his dead father. The comic also succeeded in making me feel for the Watcher, in preparation for what most readers know is in store for him. While the event is being touted as a “murder mystery”, the real mystery is how Marvel got me to start caring about characters I previously didn’t give a hoot about.
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu is a Bleeding Cool contributor, newspaper editor, award-winning journalist, cartoonist, comic book creator, painter and poet. The Nigeria-based writer has reviewed comics, novels, movies and music for a variety of platforms. He is currently the Editor of the Saturday edition of the Daily Trust, one of the most influential newspapers in his country. You can follow him on Twitter @KareemReal