Writer- Dan Slott
Artist- Sean Izaakse
Color Artist- Marcio Menyz
Letterer- VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist- Esad Ribic
Variant Cover Artists- Gerald Parel, Nick Bradshaw and Edgar Delgado with Mike McKone
In this issue we see the conclusion of the Hulk vs Thing fight from the last issue.
I am not the biggest fan of this issue. It wasn’t bad. The art is great and I love the colors. The story is just significantly more boring than I was expecting. In the last issue I was excited. I thought they were laying the ground work for some really intense character driven emotional drama. Instead we just got two super strong dudes punching each other in the face for about 20 pages.
Which is fine, if that’s what you’re here for. I am not. I am here to see the crazy space adventures of a family of super heroes. A big part of the appeal in that is seeing how these characters I’ve come to know over the years react to whatever weird sci-fi scenario the writers throw at them.
So, here we have Ben Grimm forced to fight the Hulk at a time when he is physically the most vulnerable he could possibly be. He is also forced to confront a truth about his new wife while she is in danger. I thought all of this was going to culminate in some sort of moment and that there would be fall out for several more issues. I thought there would be some coming to terms with the events of previous issues. Instead it all just gets written off in the pretty much the same instant it’s introduced.
I’m having a hard time. I want to love this series. I love the Fantastic Four and I wanted to enjoy having the team back together and going on adventures. So, far I’m not enjoying this as much as I want to. I feel like all of the story arcs so far have started really strong. There’s lots of potential going in, only for it to fizzle out half way through. Then we just coast to the end and move on to the next story.
These last two issues have been really exemplary of that for me. I saw some potential in the last issue. I was excited about where this was going, only to be let down. All of the emotional beats were just dropped and I really only cared about what Alicia was doing. She was off being awesome while everyone else was calling it in. I think a lot of my issues stem from the fact that these story arcs are just too short for the kind of development I want to see.