Another hilarious and fun issue of the secondary Fantastic Four title. I just love the wacky tone Fraction and Allred have struck for this series, and even though this issue has a fill-in artist, it’s still great. The best thing about this issue was the story with the kids. I felt in #8 that the kid’s stuff was a little tacked on, but here, it was pure awesomeness.
The story is basically that Bentley 23 is making a documentary about Vil and Wu, the weird fish kids. This documentary is brilliantly funny, Bentley’s character is so pompous, it’s great. I love how dark he is, how does a small child know what Fitzcarraldo is? I don’t even want to know. But I suppose this story does serve a function other than making me chuckle, Vil and Wu are mysterious, and I liked finding out a little bit more about them. I also liked seeing more of Ahura, and how Fraction subverted your expectations about him being an evil dick, you think he’s going to unleash his powers, but nope CAAAAANNNNOOONNBALLLL!
Yes, this issue was set at a pool-party, and it was great. Who was hosting this pool-party? Well, none other than Julius Caesar himself! OK, not really Julius Caesar, but the alien who pretended to be Caesar in the recent Fantastic Four #5. I’m really liking how Fraction is connecting these two books, and I’m glad it’s coming to the fore a little more. Caesar wants to help the FF go and rescue, well the other FF, which is going to be exciting.
As I said, the art here is a fill-in, but it’s Joe Fucking Quinones, who is awesome, so it doesn’t suffer at all. Quinones’ cartoon-style is similar to Mike Allred’s so it doesn’t miss a beat, and it really adds to the fun tone of this series. Plus, and I know this is going to sound skeezy, but Medusa, She-Hulk and Ms. Thing in bikinis… they looked pretty good (and I’m sure Scott Lang did too for any female or otherwise readers, and Dragon Man for any perverts out there).
This was just a top-notch comic, a really funny done-in-one plotline, and some very interesting set-up for the future. If the only Fraction you’re reading is Hawkguy, you should check this one out too Bro.