How do you bring the Fantastic Four back to its roots?
Evidently, you minus the Human Torch, add one Spider-Man, mix and enjoy.
FF#1 is NOT the Fantastic Four, this is shown many times in this premiere issue. FF is the Future Foundation, composed of the three remaining members of the big four, everyone’s favorite wall crawler, a bunch of brain trust youths, long lost relatives and a few surprises. How does this reboot measure up to the Fantastic Four of years gone by?
I picked up a few Fantastic Four issues in the recent years, but I didn’t follow them. Too much was going on with characters I didn’t care about, it never grabbed my attention. Even the death of Johnny Storm we meddled in interweaving plots, making the death seem sudden and bland. But this, FF, this is the closet I have seen to the old, family like Fantastic Four. Yes, Spider-Man is not family, but with why he was brought, and with him being the humor much like the Torch was, it really does fit perfectly. Jonathan Hickman shines with this issue, making the characters seem lively but with a hint of sorrow. Steve Epting never disappoints on art, and he doesn’t here either. The costume redesigns work nicely, with a short explanation on why black and white. The last page throws you for a loop, making readers want to jump on board this fantastic voyage.
This is one of Marvel’s strongest debuts in awhile, and that is saying a lot with the string of hits they have had as of late. For more information on the Future Foundation, visit www.marvel.com.