DARK ORIGINS OF "THE FOUR"
The origins of the Fantastic Four are retold in an alternate universe where Hitler is in charge, Reed Richards is a power-hungry Nazi scientist, Sue and Johnny Storm are cutthroats, and Ben Grimm is a Jewish prisoner forced to pilot a spacecraft. When the research expedition in space goes wrong, the four are bestowed with strange abilities and sent back to Earth to face the government. It’s the story you’ve all grown up with, but radically different!
Jonathan Hickman is becoming one of my favorite comic book writers. I had never been a fan of the Fantastic Four, but when I started reading his issues of FF (Future Foundation) a year ago I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This alternate history story had dramatic twists, plays on old standards, and a Richards that was nothing short of absolutely evil. I’m excited to delve more into his past work on the Fantastic Four title, because from what I’ve heard it’s spectacular.
The artwork by Mike Choi was spot on in this issue. I loved the alternate versions of Ben Grimm and the Storm siblings. They don’t just have different appearances, but different powers. I especially liked the design of this universe’s Thing.
The end of this issue promises more terror from Richards, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was brought back in a future storyline. I don’t know what’s scarier – what he’d done to the Earth, or what was on his hand in the last frame.