FF #21

Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Colors by Cris Peter
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Mike Choi & Guru-eFX

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

The worse thing about Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four? The Inhumans/Kree feud. I’m not gonna lie, I was praying we would never go back to this part of his story because it bored me to tears. Partly because it’s ‘PURE’ Hickman in that it is a bit confusing to read. But also because it didn’t help that the start of this part of the story had one of the worst artists in modern day history draw it for him (Greg Tocchini). With Hickman leaving the title though, he gonna have to finish this at some point. So here we are….

This wasn’t much of a headache as previous issues it must be said. While the Supremor’s words was difficult to figure out, the basic plot makes sense for a change. To be honest I liked the stuff in this issue that didn’t involve the Kree or Inhumans. The bizarre, Spider-Man sequence was funny because it made no sense. Plus I liked we see a bit of playful love between Sue and Reed. Hickman put some of it during his run but I would have liked to see more of it then we got. Also, considering this book is about the kids more then anything else it’s strange how they’re barely used here.

What I did like about the Kree/Inhuman part of the story was the Nick Dragotta art. He’s absolutely perfect for this book and it’s like seeing a Jack Kirby-like design for all of these characters. That and he always does a great job showcasing emotions in his books. When Reed is trying to act playful or when Black Bolt is brooding you can easily tell these emotions without double guessing. But I’m sorry: In one panel Black Bolt is CLEARLY taking a dump in this comic. You know the panel.

A good, but not great, issue of FF. Hickman’s arc is winding down and obviously he needs to rap up all of his loose ends before Fraction takes over. I’m just glad we were able to get this boring, Inhuman/Kree story line finished before we get to the final issues. At least the Nick Dragotta art is still solid and makes the boring moments pretty to look at.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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