Friday, January 27, 2012

Fantastic Four #602

This is a magazine that can handle almost any kind of story, but the Fantastic Four are at their best when they're dealing with a big cosmic concept.

And boy howdy is this story big. And cosmic.

You have the alien Kree armada attacking the Earth, there's the Annihilation wave now under the control of the resurrected Human Torch, Black Bolt and the Inhumans are in the fight, there's the Supreme Intelligence (leader of the Kree) working on a plot to destroy the Inhumans, and just when the pages seem too crowded, the big gun in the Marvel universe shows up (the cover kind of gives that one away).

A lesser writer wouldn't be able to keep all these elements in balance, but Jonathan Hickman has been putting the pieces in place for this story for over a year, and it's all pushing toward the mind-boggling climax.

The big question, of course, is: can Earth survive? The answer seems dubious at this point.

Artist Barry Kitson has lots of fun bringing assorted spectacles to life. His work is clean, dynamic and of great service to the story - not a task for the faint-hearted.

I've raved about this story before, and I feel the same way about this issue - it's the kind of intelligent, cosmic tale that this series deserves. Keep 'em flying!

Grade: A-


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