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- Posted: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:20:36 +0000
Oh, I'm glad you've found an FF jumping-on point that works for you. I shall continue reading so's we can get to the terribly important job of Talking About It.
Fantastic Four #610
Fantastic Four #610
This one's great fun! Okay, AIM island is probably setting up for the Avengers, but the Wizard's story is one I've been dying to read. I had a whale of a time with the whole thing; from Reed being given the job by the President because the Avengers clearly don't know a thing about Barbuda on out. It's strange how stressful some of these comics have felt lately, with so many Important Things depending on the actions of the F4. This is pure comics!
Actually, it feels like a silver age comic. Not in the tedious way silver age fetishists try and replicate the feeling of the era; but rather in the structure. This is a big, self-contained adventure with a cliffhanger, rather than PART ONE OF HOWEVER MANY. The cliffhanger is more like a Stan Lee Spider-Man than a Bendis Avengers.
It's also wonderful how the cliffhanger moves the story from Fantastic Four concerns to FF ones. This is a story designed to be told across both books, and it looks as though both acts will be perfect for the book they're in. It's also nice that it seems to move from a big plotty story to a more intimate character story; that's one of my favourite tricks of Hickman's, and really, Bentley's clearly miles more exciting than AIM Island.
It's hard to pick just four things about this issue. I could rave and rave. But let's talk about something that didn't work for me - the artwork. I think I've worked out where I stand on Stegman's art - I like it, but I don't like it coloured. Just imagine his stuff in clean black-and-white for a moment. Isn't that better? You look at the lots-and-lots-of-lines he puts in on faces; he's not an artist whose style suits colouring. Shame there's no way most Marvel readers would accept a monochrome issue. The page where Reed is made ambassador of the island in particular would look great without colour, I reckon.