Fantastic Four 6 review

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This is the issue where we learn exactly how the Fantastic Four become lost in space and time. For that, it’s the most important issue of Matt Fraction’s FF series so far. It also might be the best issue yet.

It starts off with a fun little scene where Franklin and Valeria Richards are talking about the Big Bang. It’s a cute way to ease into the big adventure the Fantastic Four are undertaking in this issue. Of course it turns out that the FF aren’t the only ones there to witness the birth of the Universe; an old foe was sentenced to die there. This feels kind of like a John Byrne issue in how the story unfolds. Everything starts out normal, but things quickly spiral out of control once the villain arrives.

Even in the middle of the chaos, there’s still room for character development. All six of the family members have a part to play in the fight scene, which lasts for the entire second half of the issue. The art is good for the most part. Character expressions are recognizable, the fight scene is full of ship debris flying all over the place, and several of the family members show odd fluctuations in their powers, possibly hinting at how their cellular degeneration will affect them. The only problem is that Franklin Richards and Jonny Storm look too similar.

This is well worth reading for any Fantastic Four regulars, or anyone who wants to check them out. It’s the only Marvel Universe franchise that focuses on the family aspect just as much as the story. It’s more about adventure than it is about action and super heroism, although it still has plenty of them too.

When I first learned that Matt Fraction was taking over this franchise, I was concerned. I had only read his mediocre Uncanny X-Men run and the lackluster Fear Itself event. This series has continued to surprise me in how good it actually is. Sure, his characterization of The Thing could be a bit better, but he’s at least recognizable. This issue has squeezed any last ounce of concern out of me, and I’m sticking with this series unless it gets really bad.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Fantastic Four 6 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    Definitely a really good issue. The stuff about the Big Bang was neat. Blastaar’s appearance was cool. And the whole thing was just really, really good. I’m really enjoying Fraction on Fantastic Four. And yeah, I can definitely see a Byrne vibe at work. I’ve only just started reading Byrne’s run, but there are some similarities.

    My only real complaint remains Ben’s speech. The big text is just stupid and wrong.

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    • healed1337 says:

      I collected and read his entire run in the FF Visionaries paperbacks last summer. Lots of good stuff, even if it’s a bit weird at times. In the middle of book 4, She Hulk takes the Thing’s place on the team while The Thing has his own solo series for a while.

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