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Osborn (2011) #5

Osborn 5

DeConnick brings Osborn to a depressingly lesser conclusion. She needed another issue. She fast forwards a few weeks and everything’s resolved. It provides a nice narrative device (a Congressional hearing) but it’s not satisfying at all. Worse is the decision to narrate from Norah the reporter.

Norah is, as Norman points out, not special. She’s ordinary in an extraordinary world and if DeConnick had any particular insight into her, I’d have loved to see a Marvels revamp by DeConnick and Rios. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any special insight because Norah’s a lame character. Instead of Veronica Mars, she’s barely Carrie from “Sex in the City.” Strange how gender works in the funny pages.

As for the art… Becky Cloonan isn’t on Rios’s level. I couldn’t identify Cloonan but a lot of the issue looked wrong.

It’s well-written and often beautifully illustrated, but it should’ve (and could’ve) been even better.

One response to “Osborn (2011) #5”

  1. DeConnick weaves a strangely compelling read. It’s otherworldly atmosphere and nice pace kept me interested throughout. If you told me beforehand Osborn would be one of the better Marvels of this year I probably would of laughed. It’s unexpected these days that Marvel can produce comics like this. Glad to see it happens once in a while.

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