Instead of reviewing a new comic series as usual, let’s look at Fantastic Four season one instead.
Season one is a new series of hardcover comics that Marvel is working on, and Fantastic Four season one is the first. It is a modernized retelling of the Fantastic Four origin story, and also includes the first issue of Hickman’s currently ongoing run on Marvel’s first family. Before I get into this, I should point out that I’ve never read the original story and I’m still new to the Fantastic Four.
This is a great starting point for anyone curious about the family. If you’ve recently started reading the fantastic four and want to learn how they begun, you could do much worse than to read this – *cough Fantastic Four movies cough*. It’s easy to follow, introduces each character’s powers, strengths and weaknesses, and introduces several villains. Invisible Woman feels more like a modern portrayal of female characters in comics than she would have been in 1961 (when Fantastic Four #1 introduced the family.) This is backed up with some very good artwork. It’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into this.
That said, longtime fans probably won’t enjoy this as much. From what I’ve heard, the original version of the story, while cheesy, is still a fun read. Those who have read the classic comics might be turned off by some of the modern pop-culture references in the book. This isn’t a huge issue, but it’s worth mentioning. This book is geared toward new fans, not long-time fans.
This hardcover is well worth purchasing for new Fantastic Four fans like myself, and worth checking out for people who are interested in them. Otherwise, you won’t be missing much if you pass it up. If a modern retelling of the Fantastic Four’s origin story interests you, check it out. That’s all there is to say really.
New Mutants 37
I gave up on this series in the middle of its Fear Itself tie in and haven’t read it much since. That said, Magma having an issue long date with the devil was enough reason to check this issue out. It was not disappointing.
This sort-of one-shot explores Mephisto as a person rather than the embodiment of evil. While the rest of the New Mutants are worried that Mephisto might be using this to steal Magma’s soul, he’s just trying to have a good time with someone he’s genuinely attracted to. He of course tries way too hard to impress Magma, who ends up taking control of the date.
This is a very cleaver issue, with a bit of humour mixed with some surprisingly deep character development. What starts as a very awkward date ends up being enjoyable for both parties. Backing this up is the simple yet good looking artwork. Why is Magma dating the devil? That’s explained in the recap page, but you can read the Fear Itself tie in for more details if you wish. You don’t really need to know anything else to dig into this issue and I highly recommend this issue. I might just have to start reading this series again.
Other comics I read this week include Batwoman 6, Batgirl 6, Venom 13.1, Scarlet Spider 2, Wolverine and the X-Men 5, Secret Avengers 22 and Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega 2 (of 5)
Batwoman 6 wasn’t as good as the previous five issues. It’s good, but it feels really short. The artwork, while still good, isn’t as good as the previous artist.
Batgirl 6 was alright but nothing special. I’ve heard great things about Gail Simone but I’m not seeing it here. Not sure yet, but this might be my last issue in this series.
Venom 13.1 was good fun. The four heroes face their antithesis’s one on one. Ghost Rider’s battle felt a bit too short, and Red Hulk’s was a little confusing. X-23’s antithesis, X-666 explores her deepest fear (she doesn’t know whether she has a soul or not) while Venom’s alcoholism becomes a mortal threat thanks to the evangelist. Issue 13 was better though, and X-23 felt a little out of character.
Scarlet Spider 2 was great. Scarlet Spider doesn’t yet know what he wants, but he decides to give Huston a chance. This issue had lots of great art and great writing. This series has so much potential.
Wolverine and the X-Men 5 wasn’t as good as the previous four issues, but it was still very good. The field trip inside toad was hilarious and despite the school’s serious problems, this issue still feels lighthearted.
Secret Avengers 22 almost felt like a better introduction to Remender’s run than 21.1 did. Hawkeye officially takes over the team here and Captain Britain joins as well.
WATXM: Alpha and Omega 2 was fairly good, but not great. Not sure what else to say.