Fantastic 4 #1
Written By: Dan Slott
Art By: Sara Pichelli
Ink By: Sara Pichelli and Elisabetta D’Amico
Color By: Marte Gracia
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Written By: Dan Slott
Art By: Simone Bianchi
Color Artists: Simone Bianchi & Marco Russo
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Written By: Dan Slott
Art By: Skottie Young
Color By: Jeremy Treece
This Isn’t Just a review. This is a love letter and a thank you. The first family of Marvel. The Fantastic 4. Are back. After heads from on high told editors at Marvel that due to Fox owning the movie rights, These beloved characters that LITERALLY HELPED MAKE MARVEL WHAT IT IS TODAY…had to go away. With 2015’s Secret Wars twisting the Marvel Universe into this new odd construct where universes fused together as the multiverse had to be recreated, the universe itself was missing 4 individuals. Reed Richards, his wife Susan Storm-Richards, and their children Franklin and Valeria set off on a journey to repair the damage done by the cataclysmic event. and with the heroes of earth believing them to be dead, people moved on. But we didn’t. We cheered and cried for the 4 to return. and seemingly when all hope was lost as Bendis’s Infamous Iron Man was canceled as it began to rebuild the 4 off the back of Doom himself, hope arrived in 2 waves. The first being Chip Zsdarsky’s Marvel Two-In-One which saw the reuniting of The Thing and the Human Torch searching the multiverse for Reed, Sue and the kids. Then also, the video announcement from Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski saying that in August, the Fantastic 4 would return. Now. on this historic day of August 8th. The original day that the first Fantastic 4 #1 released, we see them come back at last.
What Went Down?
While Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, and his longtime friend Wyatt Wingfoot go to a baseball game, Ben Grimm, The Thing, along with his longtime love Alicia Masters are looking into getting a pet. Just then a long forgotten sign in the sky appears. They race to see if it’s truly them if the Richards family was home at last, and what happens next is the driving force of the rest of the issue, from lawyers to interviews, to stories and proposals. This first issue has almost everything it needs to be and then it gives you the cherry on top. It’s definitely something I refuse to spoil.
Along with the main title we have two backups. The first being the return of Victor Von Doom to his home country of Laterveria where he reflects that he has been a villain, a God, a hero, and yet he’s still meant for more. So he sets out to liberate his people. The other is the comical return of Mr. Impossible Man!
Opinions and Such:
This first issue…It’s damn near perfect. It gives you the charm of The Thing and the Human Torch and while in one flashback, automatically shows that even though years of wall-crawler writing have seasoned writer Dan Slott, he hasn’t lost it enough to craft a power family story. After this first issue, I am ecstatic and full of anticipation of what is to come for this soon to be reunited family. If I’m nitpicking, and I’m really nitpicking here, the idea of Doom being anything close to a villain again is very troubling. The idea that after becoming a God he actually wanted to be good. It wasn’t an act. He had changed. and now he’s hurt and possibly becoming the hardened villain again…I don’t know. Slott will have to craft something well done and respectful for me to okay this. The artistry by Sara Pichelli is simply beautiful. After loving her work with Brian Michael Bendis on Ultimate Spider-man and being very excited to see what she would do with the Fantastic 4, this one single issue shows me she is more than capable of crafting the tales of Marvel’s greatest team of heroes for the near future.
I might get some backlash for that statement “Marvel’s greatest team of heroes” I really mean that. The Avengers may be the mightiest with their super soldiers and their Gods, the X-men might be the most tortured and the most exiled. But the 4. The Fantastic 4 are the world’s greatest superheroes because, at the end of the day, they’re a family. They become a family to so many characters, entities, and even readers much like us that at a young age would have given anything to fall into the pages of their book and put on a shirt with a number 4 on it and live with them. They’re the greatest because they never stop reaching for the stars, and now they’re coming back. and I just want to say from the bottom of our heart C.B. Cebulski, Mr. Slott, and Ms. Pichelli, thank you. Thank you for giving us our family back. Thank you for giving us the team that if it weren’t for the late Joan Lee telling her husband Stanley to give it one more go at a comic, we wouldn’t have all the comics, the tv shows, the movies, and the merchandise we do today. Thank you for giving us our beginning back.
-Dedicated to Fetch, Troup, Chris, and Faith…my best friends…my family.