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FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred

Written by Arion on Monday, January 14 2013 and posted in Reviews

FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred
Michael Allred

When I read the first issue of FF (Future Foundation) in 2011, I was surprised by the scope of it. This wasn’t just a regular relaunch. It was something else. Jonathan Hickman decided it was time to take the Fantastic Four to the next step, and just like Professor X was the headmaster of the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Mister Fantastic became the leader of the new generation of scientists and imaginauts.

Now (almost two years later) Matt Fraction is in charge of Marvel’s premiere superhero family and he is exploring the concepts of the Future Foundation with a new cast of characters, making them even more fascinating than before. FF # 1 is a great example of how to tell a good story in a single issue while introducing a whole bunch of characters to new readers. It was great for me to see the contrast between Franklin Richards and Valeria Richards, Franklin constantly acting like a kid and Valeria acting like her father’s daughter, id est, the kind of genius that reminds me of Mark Millar’s version (in his run on Fantastic Four).

FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred
Reed Richards &Scott Lang (Ant-Man)

It was so much fun watching the interactions between Reed Richards and Scott Lang (Ant-Man), two scientists that understand the world under very different parameters. Sue Storm and Medusa also have a great moment, as they share their concerns as mothers and adventurers. The conversation between She-Hulk and The Thing was very comical, but my favorite encounter is probably the one that involves New York’s greatest ladies’ man, Johnny Storm and Darla Deering (Ms. Thing). The Fantastic Four are looking for replacements and these individuals are the chosen ones.   

Seeing the original members of the Future Foundation back in the spotlight (Alex Power, Leech, Artie Maddicks, Bentley-23, Dragon Man, etc.) was great, although I especially enjoyed the page with Alex Power (from Power Pack). 

FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred
Johnny Storm & Darla Deering (Ms. Thing)

I also found the structure of the story quite interesting. The first page and all subsequent pages in which we see the kids in ‘interview mode’ actually take place right after the last panel of the last page. Fraction has cleverly taken advantage of these moments that are only revealed as flashbacks in the end, and at the same time he plays with time paradoxes as the Fantastic Four leave our universe, promising to return in minutes, only to disappear for several days. 

This first issue is a delight to read but it is also a pleasure to look at thanks to the beautiful work of Michael Allred and Laura Allred. I’ve been a fan of the Allreds since the early days of Madman, I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I read Madman, there is something so unique about Mike’s lines and Laura’s colors, together they evoke the magic of the past, the ‘retro’ charm of old comic books (which is perfect for this book, especially in the moments in which Allred pays homage to Jack ‘King’ Kirby). I wish the Allred couple could stay on FF for as long as Fraction keeps writing it, this magnificent creative team is producing some of the best FF (both Fantastic and Future) stories I’ve read in years.  

FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred
Alex Power (Power Pack)

Cuando leí el primer número de FF (Fundación Futura) en el 2011, me sorprendió. No se trataba de un simple relanzamiento. Era algo más. Jonathan Hickman decidió que había llegado el momento para que los Cuatro Fantásticos dieran un paso hacia adelante, y así como el Profesor X era el director de la escuela para jóvenes superdotados, el Señor Fantástico sería el líder de la nueva generación de científicos e imaginautas.

Ahora (casi dos años después), Matt Fraction está a cargo de la primera familia superheroica de Marvel y está explorando los conceptos de la Fundación Futura con un nuevo elenco de personajes, haciéndolos incluso más fascinantes que antes. FF # 1 es un gran ejemplo de cómo contar una buena historia en un sólo número mientras un montón de personajes son presentados a los nuevos lectores. Me encantó ver el contraste entre Franklin Richards y Valeria Richards, él actuando como un niño; ella, como la hija de su padre, es decir, el tipo de genia que me recuerda a la versión de Mark Millar (en su etapa en Fantastic Four).


Mejor aún fue ver la interacción entre Reed Richards y Scott Lang (Ant-Man), dos científicos que entienden el mundo bajo parámetros muy distintos. Sue Storm y Medusa  también tienen un gran momento, cuando comparten sus preocupaciones como madres y aventureras. La conversación entre She-Hulk y The Thing fue muy cómica, pero mi encuentro favorito involucra al mayor Don Juan de New York, Johnny Storm y Darla Deering (Ms. Thing). Los Cuatro Fantásticos están buscando reemplazos y estos individuos son los elegidos.

FF # 1 - Matt Fraction Michael Allred
FF: Medusa, She-Hulk, Darla Deering & Scott Lang

Fue tremendo ver a los miembros originales de la Fundación Futura de vuelta al ruedo (Alex Power, Leech, Artie Maddicks, Bentley-23, Dragon Man, etc.) aunque disfruté sobre todo con la página de Alex Power (de Power Pack). 

La estructura de la historia también es bastante interesante. La primera página y las subsiguientes en las que vemos a los niños en 'modo entrevista' de hecho ocurren justo después de la última viñeta de la última página. Fraction ha aprovechado astutamente estos momentos que sólo son revelados como flashbacks al final, y al mismo tiempo juega con las paradojas temporales cuando los Cuatro Fantásticos abandonan nuestro universo prometiendo regresar en minutos, sólo para desaparecer por varios días.

Leer este número es una delicia y verlo es también un placer gracias al bello trabajo de Michael Allred y Laura Allred. He sido fan de los Allred desde hace mucho, y todavía recuerdo la emoción que sentí cuando leí Madman, hay algo único en las líneas de Mike y en los colores de Laura, juntos evocan la magia del pasado, el encanto 'retro' de los cómics antiguos (algo que calza a la perfección con este título, sobre todo en los momentos en los que se homenajea a Jack ‘King’ Kirby). Desearía que la pareja Allred permanezca en FF tanto tiempo como Fraction siga de escritor, y es que este magnífico equipo creativo está produciendo algunas de las mejores historias de los FF (tanto Fantásticos como Futuros) en años.


Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/ff-1-matt-fraction-michael-allred.html


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