Review: FF #5

Published on July 5th, 2011

Being as how The Fantastic Four was one of my all time favorite comics, one might think that I would be completely in love with FF. Well, up until this most recent issue you would have been wrong. I’ve been reading it and it was okay, but I just wasn’t into it. Slowly but surely, this book has been growing on me, but after this 5th issue, Jonathan Hickman has finally got me 100% on board.

ff5Since Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four, he’s really been building on all these different plot lines, but it feels like now, everything is really starting to pay off. Sue has her own problems to deal with, what with being in charge of Old Atlantis, but now that one of Reed’s counterparts from another universe is starting to mess with things there, Sue has to confront Reed with what he’s been up to.

It’s really bothered me that Reed has just been hiding everything from his family and they all just went with it. Sure, there was a little uneasiness with having to deal with Dr. Doom and The Wizard coming over to the Baxter Building for a visit, but nobody really stood up to Reed and his super science pals. It felt like everyone was turning a blind eye to everything. I thought it was great when Sue demands to know what’s going on and Reed just has to admit he’s been doing some pretty crazy stuff. I love that look on his face when he tells her he’s “done something terrible.” It’s like when a little kid gets caught stealing candy.

I think my favorite part of this issue was when Ben went to visit Alicia, who we haven’t seen in a long time. It’s only two pages out of the whole book, but I think these two pages say more about what’s been going on with Ben and the FF than the previous four issues. It’s felt like everyone has been in denial since they lost Johnny and now they’re finally dealing with it.

I’m even starting to enjoy seeing Spider-Man as a member of the team. It’s felt like there was just too much of Spider-Man recently, but there was something about this issue. It didn’t feel like he was just substituting for Johnny this time. It felt like he was more of a team member this time and not just hanging around.

I only have one complaint about the book. I think there’s too many characters involved. You got the core superheroes, then there’s the Richards’ children, the clone of The Wizard, the Moloids, Dragon Man, Leech, the list just goes on and on. After a while it’s hard to keep up with who everyone is.

I’m really interested to see where Hickman plans on going with this book. Especially after getting to the end, where we saw the return of some other characters who haven’t been around in a while. With everything crazy going on, I really hope to see some closure on some stuff. For a while I was thinking about dropping this book, but now I’m glad I didn’t.

Ken Zeider