Indeed, the fall of the Fantastic Four. Sure, the “World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” hasn’t been the greatest, at least in my opinion, for quite some time, but nothing stops Marvel from rebooting the shit outa books that aren’t up to snuff, and Fantastic Four is one of the them.
Fantastic Four #1 is the telling of the foursomes fall from super hero status, as told by the invisible blonde Sue Storm. Insanity, imprisonment, and addiction stifle the crew, but how? Issue #1 doesn’t tell you, but it does give you a duel with another rebooted villain, Fin Fang Foom, followed by critters escaping some vault like spirits from the Ghostbuster’s Containment Unit. Believe nothing good can come from this.
I wanted to like Fantastic Four #1 so badly, so many of the other Marvel reboots have been so good, this one, or at least this issue wasn’t. I may not be the greatest judge however, since my favorite Fantastic Four books had nothing to do with the original cast, give me the Hulk, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Ghost Rider any day. Which is exactly why I tried to come into this review with an open mind.
So how’s the actual story and script, you ask? James Robinson writes a very intriguing story here, with a script that I can only assume is familiar to die hard Fantastic Four fans. Leonard Kirk’s art is clean, precise, but left me asking one question, “when did the FF go red?” Is this a precursor to their “fall”? Red is much more sinister than blue. Right? Either way, Marvel may have Fantastic Four fans hooked, but as an outsider to the FF, I’m not entirely sold on the book.
If you’re curious at all, you should read Fantastic Four #1, but if you feel you could live without it, you probably can.
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