This is the first issue of FF that Matt Fraction isn’t writing on his own. Lee Allred takes over scripting duty with this issue, with Fraction credited for the story alongside artist Michael Allred. Still, this carries the same feel that Fraction’s earlier issues had. This was also the most enjoyable comic of the week.
This issue is full of little moments to catch up on every single character in this series, and almost every single one of them is funny. The plot to kill old John Storm continues as several characters want to off him for various reasons. There’s the advertised fight between She Hulk and Miss Thing, which is completely different from what you’d expect from the cover, but probably more satisfying. Adolf Impossible is introduced to the other kids, bringing about a hilarious speech from Leech about how green characters are villains (Leech is green). Even with all of the insanity happening, there’s still room for character development for Scott Lang. And of course there’s a bit of a surprise ending, made complete with the funniest line of the week.
As usual for this series, the art is deceptively simple. Everything has a clean look to it, yet there’s plenty of detail if you look in the right places. The scenes with the kids playing together have a lot of toys and references in the background. The bathroom has graffiti. The previously mentioned villain speech has a bunch of drawings that mix the rest of the comic’s style with classic art styles. And of course there’s “Doop” cereal. Character expressions are also handled very well. Really, half of this comic’s storytelling comes straight from the art.
This comic was delightful from start to finish. Great writing, great art, and it does plenty to push both characters and plot forward. Whether you’re a fan of the Fantastic Four, a fan of any of the characters on the cover (save for Medusa as she doesn’t have much to do in this issue) or you just like entertainment in general, this comic is worth picking up.
And on a side note, a new She Hulk solo series was announced today. I don’t think I’ve read anything from the writer, Charles Soule, but I’m all for it. The fact that he’s also a lawyer should at least help this series a little. – http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2013/09/26/she-hulk-comic-book-series/2874969/