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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #14

On this edition of The Spinrack: Retro Reviews, GLX looks at some Fantastic comics!


Okay, one of them happens to be fantastic.






Fantastic Four #40(2001)

The Fantastic Four and the Baxter Building return to New York! Meanwhile, the Gideon Trust has plans that involve the Negative Zone. The plot by Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Marin is dull; the same can be said of Jeph Loeb's dialogue. Pacheco, Merino and Liquid! do a nice job on the art. It's not worth your time.

5* out of 10*

Fantastic Four #61(2002)


This issue is the second part of the Waid/Wieringo run. Ben Grimm has received one practical joke too many from the Yancy Street Gang. With a receipt in hand, Grimm decides to make a trip to the store that supplied the pranksters. The trouble is that Johnny Storm is behind the pranks. Waid does a hell of a job, with the writing. He brings plenty of the funny, from beginning to end. Wieringo does a solid job of conveying the action, while bringing in a style that's appropriate for the comic.

8.1* out of 10*

Marvel Knights 4 #8 (2004)


In this issue by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jim Muniz, the Watcher looks upon the lives of the Fanastic Four. The main focus of the issue, though, is another attempt by Namor to win the affections of Sue Richards. The "Oh my God! The Fantastic Four are broke!" hook from Sacasa's Fantastic Four run didn't interest me in the past, and it doesn't interest me now. There are some decent moments in this issue, but nothing really clicked for me. Jim Muniz's line work didn't impress me. Even with the help of Mark Morales and Morry Hollowell, the art was passable.

5.4* out of 10*

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About the Author - GLX


For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.

 

 

 


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