Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Fear Itself: The Deep #3 (of 4)


This underwater Defenders saga continues to be great as Dr. Strange and company rush to save New Atlantis from its time-honored enemies and the vengeful demons with which they have allied.

Having cut my teeth on the Thomas/Colan Dr.Strange, it is indeed good to see the Undying Ones and their peerless leader, the Nameless One, utilized in the Marvel U. again.

With this saga you get the sense that something really dreadful is happening worldwide, and this undersea bout is an important part of that … important enough to draw the attention of the Silver Surfer, no less.

Cullen Bunn has certainly done a great job of finding and keeping each character’s voice (although Lyra and Loa are not that well known to me). Namor is his regal, blustery self, which makes the fear overtaking him that much more painful. Dr. Strange is proving that, even though no longer Sorcerer Supreme, he is a force to be reckoned with. And the Surfer, whom I did not see working in an undersea saga, has performed beautifully.

While it has taken me a bit of time to get used to the art of Lee Garbett, by issue #3 I am appreciating his panel layouts and consistency of character appearance. He is a great storyteller, IMHO.

I have really enjoyed this mini and hope the coming Defenders book in December captures voices and relationships as well as Fear Itself: The Deep has done.