It was announced this week that Matt Fraction is set to leave the Fantastic Four titles, which is a crying shame really. I’ve loved FF since the very start, and this title is really only just starting to warm up. Stupid fucking Inhumans! You’re an FF spin-off anyway, you shouldn’t be biting the hand that created you! I expect Inhumanity to be pretty great, but still, it’s annoying.
Anyway, onto this issue, and already you can tell that Fraction is on his way out, as this issue is co-written by Christopher Sebela, who did pretty well co-writing Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, and looks to be a bit of a rising star. This issue has the Fantastic Four attempting to tackle the problem of their bodies breaking down head-on, as Val takes them to a weird planet called ‘Celeritas’. There’s a lot of weird, time-travel nonsense that happens in this issue, and I must admit, a lot of it confused me, but I do really like the central hook of a bunch of Nostalgic hipsters using time-travel bombs to try and bring back the past. That’s just a fun idea.
The rest of the time-travel elements though… eesh. Why did Johnny run into his future self from FF? Is this ‘Old John Storm’ from before he arrived in that title? Or afterwards? Too many questions! I also really liked the return of Franklin using his superpowers, I’m resigned to the fact that no writer is ever going to pull the trigger on Franklin, but it’s still awesome whenever his potential rears it’s head.
Mark Bagley’s artwork was solid as usual, but I did feel it looked a little more rushed than usual. This was another good issue of Fantastic Four, despite my confusion, but I’m just annoyed that Matt Fraction won’t be ending this story properly. Inhumanity better be worth it!