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Art by Barry Kitson
Colors by Paul Mounts
Cover by Daniel Acuna & Marko Djurdjevic
I am so pumped this title is out again so quickly! Jonathan Hickman can give us a double dose of the best run these characters have had for a long, long time. I don’t even care that Spider-Man still have no justifible reason for being in this book. The stuff involving the family and villains makes up for some of the questionable decisions to re-name and re-number this series. Anyways, that aside I couldn’t wait to open up this book yet again.
You know it’s really hard to commend this book issue after issue at this point. Hickman just gets the Fan—Future Foundation. He gets what makes them all tick, he understands how insane all of their villains are, and he is able to balance a wealth of storylines in a single issue. I mean in this issue we have more of the Council of Doom, Ben still acting depressed, and now we have the first stage of the ‘War of Cities’ starting. I just like that Hickman is able to weave in a lot of disturbing, yet hilarious elements into the script. I chucked a bunch of times Doom talks and I never did that before. (Well except when his property was destroyed in Kieron Gillen’s Thor) You know, other then the Spider-Man problem, this is a pitch perfect book Marvel has right now.
This week we have a different artist involved with Barry Kitson. At first I was a bit disappointed because Steve Epting was making this book visually amazing along with Hickman’s scripts. But reading this book it almost feels like he never left. What I’m saying is that Kitson’s style is very similar to Epting’s. It’s not exactly the same. His layouts are filled with empty spaces and he does try to be a bit more expressive (like having Ben’s head fill up have a page. But for the most part it looks very similar to Epting. I think that’s a testament to Paul Mounts, the colorist, because it’s still colored the same way as the previous issues. Also, Kitson handles Kirby dots and monsters just like Epting can.
So even with a different artist with Barry Kitson this is still a treat to read each month. Hickman is just killing it with this series giving me better respect to the ‘first family’ of Marvel. This is how extreme I love this book: If all other Marvel books just stopped publishing expect for this I wouldn’t care. Take away Deadpool, Avengers, any cosmic stuff, what have you. If there was only a Jonathan Hickman Fantastic Four book that Marvel can offer then I think that would be enough for the company. At least for me anyways…
Art: 4 - Very Good