“Parts of a Hole”
Contrary to my popular belief, FF is not a new Fantastic Four from Marvel NOW!. It’s in fact Reed’s school for brilliant minds called the Future Foundation, not to be confused with Jean Grey School of Higher Learning. If you read the latest Fantastic Four #1, you’d know that Reed is falling apart from carcinomic growth, and if I wasn’t lazy and had reviewed it for you, you wouldn’t have had to read it. And of course if you just now read those first few sentences, I just spoiled the whole issue for you.
Since Reed can’t find what he needs to save himself and possibly his family in this known universe, he’s planning a family vacation through the space time continuum. He theorizes it should take a mere 4 minutes in Earth time to accomplish this, but this is the Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four we’re talking about, I know their brilliant, but this is going to end like some Swiss Family Robinson shit. He’s going to need a trusted team to watch over Earth and the many interplanetary orphans they house.
Matt Fraction has written FF #1 in a backwards storytelling documentary type book that all cohesively comes together in the end, much like a Guy Ritchie film. Anyone who reads my reviews know’s I man crush on Fraction’s writing style. I can’t get enough of it, I guess it’s because I can put my own spin on it, make it sound the way I want it to, and it sounds absolutely hilarious in my head.
Something I’ve noticed with a lot of Fraction work I’ve been reading lately, the new and very fun Hawkeye not excluded, is the artwork chosen to compliment said writing style, Michael Allred’s art fits perfectly. It’s not overly serious and all of the characters show some really great emotions. I expected nothing from this book, and was pleasantly surprised that it was one of the more enjoyable reads from the new Marvel NOW! series.