Fantastic Four 570
I've always loved the FF, they were one of my first books and they've always had a special place in my heart even when I'm not reading or enjoying them. Reed Richards was always one of my favorite characters, but I hated his actions in and after Civil War and could no longer stand by the character's actions as written. I see Hickman beginning Reed's path to redemption in FF:DR and this issue, and similar to Fraction's redemption of Tony Stark, Reed is probably going to eat some humble-pie before all is said and done too. It's hard not to see some possible foreshadowing of that in his Idea 101 and acceptance of his Ultimate Importance, or so it seems.
I already discussed FF:DR in this thread a bit--the recap paragraphs are so much better than reading 1-5, trust me. But the Franklin plot point left dangling at the end is pretty bizarre, especially when he is saying "Pow! Take that bad guys!" you think Reed might remember Franklin's action in FF:DR #5. But it's all no more odd than Norman's actions in the mini, I guess.
That makes me worried about the characterization and motivations of Hickman's FF--but in 570, things seem a little better written. My main complaint is the beginning with The Wizard and the unimaginative ways the Four's powers are used in this issue.
The whole "switch opponents" thing is so stale--and far beneath The Wizard who would've learned that lesson back in Stan and Jack's day. And please--Sue can do SO much more than put a force bubble around herself, few robots stand a chance.
The scene with Ben 'n' Johnny is ok, I hope they take a lot of condoms with them. I hate Nu Earth, and am sorry it is going to be used here.
The Reeds is an interesting idea, though, much more than Pirate Johnny and Cowgirl Sue from the mini. In fact, Pirate Reed and Cowboy Reed are nowhere to be found.
The Infinity Glove(s) is like the ultimate Monkey's Paw, and here we see there is one for your left hand and two for your right, so you know that's bad news for somebody.
The art is pretty good, but needs to be more dynamic when powers are used.
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on Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.