If this is the last proper issue of Fraction’s tenure on the Fantastic Four titles, then it’s quite a one to go out on. This issue was just pure wacky fun, which makes sense, considering it stars one of Marvel’s wackiest characters, the Impossible Man.
Just as the FF are about to fire up Julius Caesar’s time machine to go find the other FF, they are yanked into the Impossible Man’s universe. It’s great to see the insane green and purple dude again, and Fraction has a lot of fun having him say funny, odd things. But there’s actually a more serious level to Impossible Man this time out, as the reason he’s captured the FF is because he wants them to look after his son, Adolf, The Impossible Boy. Only, Adolf is far from Impossible, he’s actually very Possible, he’s a quiet, timid boy who just wants to read books and not do anything weird, the total opposite to his dad. This is a great idea for a character and man, Allred draws him perfectly, like one of those serious kids who looks like an old man already.
The way Medusa talks Adolf down was written with a lot of heart and emotion, and it’s stuff like this that really makes you see the family-focus Fraction is bringing to these titles, these books are about more than superheroics, they are about families, both traditional ones like the Fantastic Four, and non-traditional ones like the Future Foundation. I can’t wait to see how Adolf fits in amongst all of the other kids, that will be a blast.
Speaking of the other kids, they are up to no good, sneaking Maximus (the mad) into the Baxter Building, where he wanders around, beats up a HERBIE and raids the fridge. I continue to really love what Fraction is doing with those robots, they are just so weird. I’m also intrigued by what ‘Julius Caesar’ is up to, at first I thought he was going to be a villain, but then he seemed like a stand up dude, but now it looks like I was right initially. What’s his issue with Doom? Why is he working with Maximus, and what about Kid Immortus?
It’s a real shame that Fraction is leaving this title, but I have high hopes that this book will still be good, Allred’s artwork is a major part of why FF is so good, and he’ll still be around, and hey, he’s a pretty good writer himself. So long Matt, thanks for all the crazy, and thanks for making the possible impossible! Wait, should that be the other way around?