Fear Itself: The Worthy #1
Originally published as a series of free, four-page digital features back in March 2011 just as Marvel started to reveal the Fear Itself storyline, this one-shot tells the “Secret Origins of the Hammer-Wielders”, eight heroes and villains who form “The Worthy”. Each of the eight chapters is rendered by a different artist, so if you’re a fan who likes to read these anthology type books with wildly varying styles, it’s really quite a fun book. Northstar appears in one panel in a generic flashback to his early membership in the X-Men.
The success of this book is that the origin stories, which we’re all familiar with, are told from a softened, introspective point of view. The characters reveal their inner fears, doubts and anxieties about their powers and what they’ve done with them and it’s really far more sophisticated from what you’d expect from a normal four page origin story. I’m glad the theme of Fear Itself is so ready in the writing and I congratulate this group for pulling it off!
Northstar appears in the Juggernaut’s chapter (for those of you who keep track of these sorts of things, it was the 2nd chapter when released digitally on 3/4/11), written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by Declan Shalvey. It’s not clear if he or the colorist Matthew Wilson decided to use a smattering of the halftone coloring method to indicate the flashback effect, but it works and looks great. He appears in a single panel showing the general membership of the X-Men around Chuck Austen’s run on Uncanny X-Men in 2002-2004.
Northstar had joined up with the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #414 and would go on to appear as a regular member during Austen’s run in 15 issues on that title, right around the time Juggernaut was there too, during several arcs: Dominant Species, Rules of Engagement, Sacred Vows, and The Draco, among others.
This closeup shows Northstar wearing his red goggles, which were part of his costume back then. It’s a nice touch to have him and the other X-Men drawn in the proper costumes from that era, so good job on the costume check!