FANTASTIC FOUR #1
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marte Gracia, Simone Bianchi, Marco Russo, Skottie Young, Jeremy Treece, Joe Caramagna
Edited by: Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – THE WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe!
All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man! AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG! IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE!
What I thought about it…
I’m a little bit torn over Fantastic Four #1. On one hand, this issue had classic Fantastic Four family moments, like Ben and Alicia adopting some kittens, and Johnny and wingfoot taking in a Mets game. But on the other hand, this wasn’t the first issue I was hoping for or expecting. The way this comic plays out, it should have been the final issue of Marvel 2-in-One. That book hasn’t ended, but FF #1 basically told me how it’s going to end.
Otherwise, this comic should an annual, or a zero issue for the new ongoing series. Any of those options would have worked for me. However, that criticism doesn not take away the fact that this extra-sized adventure is a fun and heartfelt first step to returning the Fantastic Four to the main Marvel Universe.
Dan Slott writes the whole issue, and each of the original four has a something to say, and they combine into a wonderful story than will tell you everything you need to know about the Fantastic Four. Even if you haven’t read an FF book before, this comic brings you right in, and you won’t feel lost at all.
Furthermore, Dan Slott’s script humanizes the Thing like I haven’t seen before. Here we see what matters most to Ben now, who his closest friends are, and what his everyday life is like today. But the scene with the kittens was probably my favorite moment in the book, and there were plenty to choose from in this comic.
For the new series, Slott is joined by Sara Pichelli on art. From the start, Pichelli draws the characters as her own. The Thing is massive when he’s next to Alicia, and Alicia is the girl next door that Ben fell in love with ages ago. All the characters in this issue are wonderfully expressive, and fun to look at. Not once does Pichelli try to copy anyone elses FF, this is her version and hers alone. And I’d guess she’s having a fun time working on this book.
Although Fantastic Four #1 somewhat spoils what is going on in Marvel 2-in-One, this was still a great opening chapter. The story by Dan Slott is solid, and he writes plenty of moments Fantastic Four fans will be happy to see. Sara Pichelli is the perfect artists for this series, and her work here is phenomenal. When all is said and done, Fantastic Four #1 is a great read for the final days of summer.
Fantastic Four #1 score: B+