FF #8

Review by: keith7198

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Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Steve Epting
Cover by Daniel Acuña

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

After two completely underwhelming FF issues that brought the title’s momentum to a screeching halt, we finally get back to the War of the Four Cities in FF#8. The previous two issues attempted to tell the story of Black Bolt’s return and I guess that needed to be addressed. But the writing was flat and the art was unattractive and such a stark contrast to the look of the previous books. Here Jonathan Hickman gives us more of the great character moments and interactions that we saw in the first five issues. There are so many interesting dynamics at work from the family tensions to the complex relationship between the Richards family and the villains enlisted to help them battle The Reeds from other dimensions. This leads to some really well written dialogue and a cliffhanger ending that ended up surprising me even though it shouldn’t have. We do get a little action in this issue as well but it’s not that impressive. It’s the characters that carry the book.

Steve Epting is my favorite artist and seeing his name attached to this title again was fantastic. He puts together some really strong pages but to be honest there seemed to be something missing. It’s hard to pinpoint but I think it’s a lack of detail that we usually get in Epting’s work. Someone may look at this book and be surprised that I would gripe about the detail because there’s a lot of it. But it just doesn’t look as crisp as his other work. But what’s great is that even when Epting’s art is off just a little, it’s still better than so much of what’s out there.

This is a solid issue that gets us back involved in the War of the Four Cities. Hickman really sets things up well and while the storyline has moved at a deliberate pace, it’s really kept me intrigued. Epting may not draw his sharpest issue but it’s still visually strong. Forget the last two issues, FF#8 get’s it back on track.

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

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