Monday, August 13, 2018

Fantastic Four #1

The Fantastic Four don't actually appear in the first issue of their new series, at least not together. Nearly the entire issue takes place on Earth where the sudden appearance of the Fantastic Four logo in the sky causes very different reactions for the Human Torch (whose hope is dashed when he discovers the entire episode was nothing more than a prank of local kids) and the Thing (who knows all too well that his family is gone).

There are some nice moments here including a flashback to an earlier adventure where Johnny sang the family home from deep space, a long-overdue proposal and Johnny getting the sign he demanded (even if it is produced in the most cliched and hamfisted way possible moments after his temper tantrum). Even if they aren't together yet, it does appear that the family is ready for a reunion.

The back-up story offers us a look at Doctor Doom following his (suprisingly good) stint as an Iron Man stand-in. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it appears Doom is returning to basics as well by reclaiming Latveria and his old mask. For fans.

[Marvel, $5.99]

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