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Battle Scars #1

Credits

  • Words: Chris Yost
  • Art: Scot Eaton
  • Inks: Andrew Hennessy
  • Colors: Paul Mounts
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2011

Fear Itself continues, but a brand new character is introduced.

Marvel’s Battle Scars #1 is a mixed bag of rehashed story themes, while at the same time the beginning of a fresh character journey, seen through the eyes of Army Ranger Marcus Johnson. 

Battle Scars suffers from many of the same problems its parent series, Fear Itself, was bogged down with, like constantly referencing fear and defeat at the expense of story.  Right out of the gates, writer Chris Yost is forced to rehash the themes and story of Marvel’s most recent event, which by now has out-stayed its welcome.  Once Fear Itself is addressed, however, Yost introduces readers to Battle Scars' lead, Marcus Johnson.  Johnson, who embodies survival and perseverance, is a welcome change within the greater context of Marvel’s current direction.  The Ranger’s inner monologue gives readers an insight to his torn mentality, stuck between duty, the murder of his mother, and his eventual fight for survival.  Johnson surprisingly carries the book on his own, even in spite of the presence of Marvel heavy hitters like the heroic Captain America and villainous Taskmaster.

Much like the story of Battle Scars, Scot Eaton’s art is give-or-take, as well.  When the story calls for heavily action orientated scenes, Eaton’s pencils end up looking more static than kinetic, resulting in a less than exciting tone; full on battles and fight scenes feature characters that appear to be posing rather than engaged in battle.  When the story slows down, on the other hand, Eaton’s pencils fully capture Johnson’s torn mentality, especially regarding the death of his mother and his return to his home.

Though not the most exciting of first issues, both Chris Yost’s story and Marcus Johnson’s introduction make Battle Scars worth the investing in.  Now that Yost will be able to leave Fear Itself behind, Battle Scars will continue to improve, especially with additional focus on the tireless and vigilant Army Ranger.  

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