FF #18

Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Colors by Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

I gotta be honest with you guys, this was a pretty tough week for me. I only had two comics to read and both of them (including this issue) weren’t ‘5 Star’ books if I’m honest. Plus there is also a time where I have to say, ‘Enough!’. Because Jonathan Hickman has had ‘Pick of the Week’ honors by me six times so far this year. (And who knows how many times ifanboy in general has given him that honor.) So why would I give this issue a Pick of the Week honor for being a 4-star book AND give Mr. Hickman his 7th award by me?

It’s simple. Hickman surprised me with the end of this issue by turning it into a political farce. Yes, what came before it was fun to read. Johnny is shown to be a terrible role model for children and Hickman is setting SOMETHING up for his ending of his run with Black Bolt. But it is the ending that made me really enjoy this . I was not expecting it to go all ‘Egyptian Democracy’ on me. Then again this is the same man who reworked the Yancy Street Gang into Wall Street Brokers…

The art isn’t even that much of a highlight for this particular issue. Nick Draggota is great choice for this series and I’m glad he took over this series the last couple of issues. But aside from some nice backdrops in the Negative Zone, this isn’t the strongest issue for him. Again nothing terrible, but I expected a little more from this issue….Especially involving millions of insect creatures.

So yes, this isn’t the best issue of FF by any stretch of the imagination. And maybe Hickman doesn’t deserve a 7th ‘TNC Pick of the Week’ honors. But you know what? With such a small week and with little to no competition for him this week…He got lucky.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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