Showing posts with label she-hulk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label she-hulk. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FF #8 - Review

A "Date" to Remember

FF is one of those smaller titles that I don't hear people talking about, and that's just really sad. If you're unfamiliar, FF (Future Foundation) was originally a companion series for the Fantastic Four that followed the adventures of the young children living at the Baxter Building and working towards a better tomorrow with Dr. Reed Richards. The cast was already very large, including the Richards' children, but now there's a new team running the show. While the Fantastic Four are out among the stars, a new team was selected to take their place. Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Ms. Thing, and Medusa are the new Fantastic Four until further notice. Not only do they have to handle any monstrous dangers that threaten New York City, but they also have to teach and care for the genius children still living in the building. Mix in the fantastic retro-styled artwork by Mike Allred and you've got a series that looks and feels like no other Marvel title.

This issue features a "date" between Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) and her ex-boyfriend Wyatt Wingfoot while the moloid children Torg, Mik, Korr, and Tong team up with Bentley-23 to try and sabotage their evening. It's one of those fun issues that's just for character building and lets the children interact with each other and really cool gadgets. It proves that you don't need dramatized action to have a good time with characters in a place like the Marvel Universe. There might not be any life-threatening villains, but the super science moments with the children more than make up for it.

Matt Fraction has been the writer of the series, including Fantastic Four, since the Marvel NOW! launch of both titles. I haven't been following the other series, but FF has remained one of my favorite Marvel titles. He captures the same rowdy spirit that Jonathan Hickman did when he first wrote this series, but has put his own comedic spin on many of the characters. It can't be easy working on a title where there has only been one writer before you, but Fraction has stepped up and delivered a comic that is enjoyable on all levels.

Allred's artwork is always a force of nature. His unique style can make any characters interesting, but there's something about the B-List characters that makes it really charming. Ant-Man looks especially cool in Allred's style, and the light tone matches the color scheme (Laura Allred) and expressions that Allred uses for the characters. The bright pop-art renditions of these characters is reason enough to check out this series.

What it all comes down to is fun. This title has smiles by the bucket load. I could read a whole Marvel Universe drawn by Allred and many more stories featuring these characters by Fraction. If your pull-list is light, or if you're a casual comic reader who wants something they can just jump into, this is the perfect comic book for you. There's only four issues, and you don't really have to read Fantastic Four to follow it.

Rating: 9/10

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Incredible Hulk #7.1 - Review

Banner dies, Hulk lives on

Bruce Banner is dead. The Hulk is free to live his life the way he’s always wanted. He travels the globe looking for adventure and purpose, but still finds himself lacking something. As he sits down to relax and think things out, a woman from Banner’s past comes knocking – hard.

This was my first issue of this series and my first issue of The Incredible Hulk in general. I admit that I was tempted to buy this after seeing The Avengers movie and seeing how awesome he was on the big screen. After reading Jason Aaron’s take I’m pleased to say that I’m now a Hulk fan.

Aaron’s point one issue this month was just so damned fun that I found myself smiling each time I saw the Hulk living his life the fullest. I’m pleased to see that he’s made the monster grow into his own individual person with his own ideas of what he wants out of life. There are some great scenes and a reoccurring gag where he’s cooking different animals over a campfire that really made me giggle.

I also really enjoyed Jefte Palo’s pencil work on this book. Paired with Frank Martin Jr.’s coloring it really feels like a hard-hitting but animated version of the big green guy. I’m also kind of fond of Hulk’s new bald look, which paired with his new life situation fits the rebirth that he’s gone through.

If you saw The Avengers and cheered every time Hulk smashed the environments or the baddies, this is a book that you’ll really enjoy. I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue, which teases a team-up with The Punisher.

RATING: 4.5/5