Writer: Jason Aaron Art: Mike Deodato/Frank Martin
The key to a good murder mystery is to have somewhere to go after the reveal of the killer. With the reveal is supposed to come the reveal of the motive and then, some form of resolution.
Jason Aaron tried to work this as a murder mystery. And a lot of the pieces were lined up. And then…he had no where to go after the reveal. Eight issues in, we find out who killed the Watcher. But not why.
We have two characters swapping roles with other characters. But not why.
And we still have Thor fighting his hammer on the moon. But. Not. Why.
It was all build up and no pay off. Treating this as an eight issue mini, this issue would have been a fantastic issue 5. Giving two more issues to explore the why and whereto, with one issue to clean up. With that slight shift, this issue and mini would have been easily ten times better.
Instead, I’m sitting here just going, “why?”