FANTASTIC FOUR #1
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Art by Mark Bagley & Mark Farmer
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Mark Bagley, Mark Farmer, Paul Mounts, Dave Johnson, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Richard Isanove, & Skottie Young
Size: 0 pages
Matt Fraction: Give us more of The Thing.
Overall, Fantastic Four #1 is a fairly satisfactory comic. Simply put: it’s good.
And while that might sound like the most back-handed compliment possible, Fantastic Four #1 hits all the notes that a Fantastic Four comic should.
Is there campiness, sarcasm, and humor? Without a doubt. Fraction does a great job of varying his voice between characters while maintaining his text-book wit.
All the characters share their respective screen-time, with Mr.Fantastic and Sue Storm seeming the most run of the mill and un-interesting of the bunch. Unfortunately, these two characters take up the most space in the book.
If there’s any positives it’s Fractions spot on humor with Johnny Storm and The Thing. Both characters are the best part of the story, giving the comic a much needed freshness and humor absent with Reed and his ‘I’m a great mom’ better half. If I could compare it to anything, I’d say that Reed and Sue are the Avenger’s film equivalent to Hawkeye and Black Widow. Cool characters, but not much that makes them shine.
Ultimately, it’s the moments with The Thing and Johnny that really make this comic standout.
Overall, though I’m going to stick with this because I, for one, trust Fraction’s voice–mostly because of his great work on Hawkeye–and will hope that he paints Reed and Sue in a new light over the next few issues.
Art: 3 - Good