Everyone knows I love the Fantastic Four – but it’s been several years since Marvel has published a series starring Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben. The Marvel Universe hasn’t been the same without them.
Now Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung have revived Johnny and Ben in a series using the title of the Thing’s old team-up series. I’m gonna review the series in anticipation of a hopeful Fantastic Four revival.
So how did they do, overall? The art is GORGEOUS but I had no fears about that – I’ve loved Cheung since his old Crossgen days.
Zdarsky nails the characterizations for both Ben and Johnny. He captures their melancholy perfectly and he even makes me feel okay about Doom’s current status quo, which is impressive given my lack of enthusiasm for “hero” Doom.
I’m excited to see where this goes – this issue is mostly setup and character stuff so it is definitely written for the trade but I saw enough here to make me think that Zdarsky has a real love and passion for the FF.
BTW, I loved the Wizard reference – the Frightful Four are some of my favorite FF villains so I hope to see them in this book soon.
I give it 4 stars out of 4!
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