Wednesday, March 23, 2011

FF #1 - Review

Spider-Man takes up the Open Slot on Reed Richards' Team

Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch is dead, and his last wish was that Peter Parker take his place on Marvel's First Family, The Fantastic Four. Now going under the name of the Future Foundation, Reed and Sue Richards welcome Peter with open arms and a stylish new suit in their attempt to keep the family strong. Peter has always been like a brother to Johnny and the unspoken fifth member of the Fantastic Four. As the family tries to deal with losing their fallen member, Peter tries to find his place while trying to fill Johnny's shoes too literally. The powerful villain known as the Wizard has escaped his holdings with the help of a group of renegade scientists, and it's up to the newly formed FF to take him down. They're biggest surprise doesn't come from this confrontation, but from the recommendation of a new member to the Future Foundation from Reed's father -- Doctor Doom!

Spider-Man's FF Outfit (Which I kind of like)

I've never been a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, and I don't know much about their plot lines or villains. That being said, I have no idea who the Wizard is or why anyone is really worried about him breaking out of jail. I am familiar with Spider-Man's involvement and history with the team, and I think that while Johnny is dead, because let's face it, they're going to bring him back, that Peter is the perfect replacement until that happens. It just makes sense.

Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Steve Epting and Paul Mounts, this book has tight writing and wonderful artwork. The shot of Spider-Man's entrance was especially thrilling, as it was a mix of modern and classic Marvel designs. The new suit that he's wearing, as well as the rest of the team, are also something that I'm digging. It's understated but very cool looking, especially in the case of the members outside of Spider-Man's more traditional suit.

I'll probably keep up with this arc as it continues. To be honest, I'm a bigger fan of Doctor Doom than I am of the Fantastic Four. Perhaps the Future Foundation will change my mind about that.

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