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Fantastic Four #605.1 (I lost control Spoilers)

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun May 20, 2012 9:45 am

I’m not sure how well this issue works as a ‘Point One’ jumping-on issue, but it was a very strong story, and a very enjoyable look at an alternate reality Fantastic Four, that crucially did tie-in with the main story. This issue was basically ‘What if Hitler won WW2 and the Fantastic Four were Nazis?’ but it worked very well, it was very interesting seeing this alternate world, and while I get annoyed at the whole ‘Reed Richards is evil’ thing, it made sense here, because, well, he’s a Nazi. The bit where he removed Victor Von Doom’s brain was just chilling. I also liked the fact they kept in Ben Grimm’s Judaism, and that it was a major plot point. And of course, in the tradition of all the best ‘What Ifs’, all the heroes are killed and the world is destroyed, standard. Mike Choi’s art was very good, I’ve enjoyed his recent covers, so it was cool to see him draw an interior, he’s a great artist. So yeah, another solid issue of Fantastic Four, I just hope it didn’t completely freak out any hypothetical new readers.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Sun May 20, 2012 9:48 am

I didn't get the .1 of it at all.
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Amoebas

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Postby Amoebas » Sun May 20, 2012 10:06 am

This issue was absolutely great (when Ellis did it in Planetary).

Why does Hickman despise Reed so much? From the start it was all about Reed(s) taking over everything, to him being a dick to his family and friends, on through to this issue where Reed is a sadistic murdering asshole who destroys everything.

That scene in a recent issue where Reed joins Ben on the couch to watch TV is imo the highlight of his entire run because it's the only time he's written Reed where it feels like Reed.

This 'jumping on' issue is anything but.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun May 20, 2012 10:08 am

Amoebas wrote:This issue was absolutely great (when Ellis did it in Planetary).

Why does Hickman despise Reed so much? From the start it was all about Reed(s) taking over everything, to him being a dick to his family and friends, on through to this issue where Reed is a sadistic murdering asshole who destroys everything.

That scene in a recent issue where Reed joins Ben on the couch to watch TV is imo the highlight of his entire run because it's the only time he's written Reed where it feels like Reed.

This 'jumping on' issue is anything but.


He's also using Reed as the villain in his run on Ultimates.

3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Sun May 20, 2012 10:28 am

I think Reed being a villain in most alternate timelines is awesome. He seems like someone who would put facts in front of human emotion and this is a trait shown in many villains. I love how he's a step away from mad scientist taking over the world for its own good.
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Zero

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Postby Zero » Sun May 20, 2012 11:03 am

Hickman has said that this was the least Point One-y issue he could imagine, although you could argue that it sets up the last few years of stories pretty well so it leads into the trades very nicely. Still, it was an enjoyable read and provides a good bookend for everything that went before.

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