It certainly is going in a new direction, but I'm not sold yet on this story. Also...time travel this soon into the book? I'm going to read the next two to be sure, but so far I'm not sold.
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Winner winner chicken dinner. This is how you do a first issue, especially one that stars long established characters. If this was someone's first go with the F4 they would know exactly who these characters are and what their story is about. If you've been a long time fan it feels like a continuation of the series you've been reading all along. So far, this is my favorite issue of the Marvel Now relaunch.
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Okay, I'm new to the Fantastic Four (Read Ultimate Fantastic Four, but that's not really the same thing), so this book should be perfect. It's a new number one and everything is fresh. So what are my thoughts?
Fantastic Four #1
Life goes on for the Fantastic Four, but a new change is in order. With possibility of dying and staying away from the kids for too long, Mr. Fantastic comes to a rather interesting and most likely dangerous solution.
So Sue is the only one without crap going on in their life. Good for her.
Not one in sight so far.
Our Side Characters:
Franklin is a bit of a momma’s boy.
Squat outside of that painful bite.
Johnny certainly knows how to put the moves on the ladies with that middle school love talk.
Ah flashbacks to Ultimate Spider-Man with similar looking characters in all.
Most Memorable Moment:
Clearly, the way to a girl’s heart is by giving her your real phone.
This can’t possibly go wrong at all.
What We Should Take from This Comic:
Mr. Fantastic is in danger of dying from his wounds and the team is often too far away from the family. The solution is clear. Go on a sightseeing trip through different dimensions until he finds a cure and teach the kids something.
What We Do Take From This Comic:
Damn Thing, you need to work out some more.
Yay or Nay?
This is like the Iron Man first issue. It really hasn't sold me on the characters at all, besides maybe Sue. I'm not sure what to really make of them or be all that interested in what they'll be doing. I'm giving this comic two more issues to impress otherwise I'm dropping it. Will be reading FF though.
I really enjoyed this issue. It's certainly not Hickman level yet, but I think it has potential. That being said, Fraction is very hit and miss with me, and I'll follow this and FF tepidly.
The only thing that really irked me (and yes, I know it's an odd thing to be upset about, considering this is Marvel) but I really hated that the Fantastic Four were only 2.66 mya facing a dinosaur, especially since Val references the Cretaceous period afterward. The Cretaceous ended ~ 65.5 mya. And Val is neither a joker, nor Fantastic Four the book to make big flubs in scientific fact. Had they just said they were in the Savage Land, it would've worked for me.
Nitpick venting aside, I think Fraction has an opportunity to take the FF in a fun direction away from the sci-fi greatness that was Hickman's run. I do think that continuing in the earth-based sci-fi styling would have been a bad decision for any writer, and I'm glad to see that Fraction is looking to have fun.
Also, it seems like the whole FF school is on the journey with them.
Oh, in regards to the AR boxes, they've been in every Marvel NOW! book.
Anyway, I think we need to look at the significance of the first first panel. Since it's set in the future, when their trip is supposed to end, it leads to questions like is Fraction throwing us a red herring, and is anyone gonna believe that's how their trip will really end up when we reach that issue?
Johnny Storm was dead; who is this resurrected Johnny Storm?
"Here, hold my Annihilus…" Johnny Storm, Fantastic Four #601
I've never read a Fantastic Four book before, but really enjoyed this issue. I'll stick around at least another issue or 2 at least.
That was decent enough, although it definitely feels like Fraction's writing in Invincible Iron Man mode, and not Hawkeye/Casanova mode.
It was a decent issue.
I think the main reason why it lacks the pop of Fraction's best books is because this is just one of those set up issues where he lays forth the agenda for the book(s) rather than be in the thick of it. I didn't care for Franklin's characterization as he came off a little too whiny and young for my tastes but the best parts of the issue were the Johnny/Future Miss Thing parts and Reed's discovery of his ailment. The rest of the Fantastic Four read fine, nothing that popped out especially but I did like the way Fraction kept them all mostly consistent and the fact that he retained the Hickman FF characters.
I'll be curious as to how well FF fares on it's own without reading Fantastic Four (or the .1) so hopefully it continues the Marvel Now accessibility. Bagley's art looked solid here as ever so no complaints there from me, especially since he has a better inker than Dany Miki and co who absolutely trashed his pencils in Avengers Assemble.
I'd give this a 7/10 but am optimistic for the book's future with the year long adventure.