COMIC TITLE: Fantastic Four #1 (2018)
Sara Pichelli and Simone Bianchi– Artist
Dan Slott– Writer
August 8, 2018
This week was the week that everyone had been waiting for or at least it’s the week Marvel has wanted you to wait for. Marvel for weeks had been promoting the return of the first family of Marvel Comics in the Fantastic Four with various True Believer comics to get you psyched and ready to dive right back in. That’s right Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (Invisible Girl), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (Thing) were coming back with a whole new writer in Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man) and some new illustrations from Sara Pichelli (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1) and Simone Bianchi (Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm), but there is a slight problem in the new Fantastic Four #1. You see no one really knows what happened to Reed Richards, Susan Storm-Richards, or their kids because they went missing after the last adventure the team was on. To be quite honest, life has not been the same for Ben or Johnny Storm as well as they struggle to find themselves in the world. That is until some punk kids set off a flare which reignites Johnny’s determination to find Reed and his sister. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom has returned to Latveria to claim what is rightfully his in a side story.
So, if I am being 100% honest with all of you that are checking this out right now, I have to say that I didn’t hate the story. We are kind of introduced to what a life without the Fantastic Four would be like and we see how empty some of them feel without the team being a thing. We see that Thing is ready to move on with his life because after all how much longer can you wait for people that show no trace of where they are in the first place? For Johnny, he wants to feel important again, a rock star of sorts because without the others they are nothing. If I am being honest, I was actually more intrigued by the side story which involves the return of Doctor Doom to Latveria with a chunk of my interest being due to the great artwork of Simone Bianchi. I loved what he did with Doctor Doom for who we know has been playing the role of God for quite some time in the Marvel Universe. I am definitely interested to see where the story with the Fantastic Four goes because of course we want to know if they ever get reunited. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A