Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fantastic Four #603

I'll get to this issue in a minute, but first I have to wonder: what's going on with the letters page?

This issue features letters for both the Fantastic Four comic and the companion FF series (in fact, the same letters page is printed in both titles). Half the letters are raves, and half slam the cover artist for this series and the interior artist for FF.

I'm all for honesty on the letters page, but it feels like the editor is lobbying for a change in artists - one letter refers to "Bobillo's (AWFUL) artwork." Criticism is fine, but there's a difference between making troll remarks and offering suggestions or constructive criticism. And that artist has already left the book!

Anyway, back to this issue. Hiding behind an odd cover is a big ol' cosmic brouhaha between some of the Marvel Universe's heaviest hitters. The story brings together the Kree / Earth / Inhumans conflict, the war between four cities, the threat of the alternate Reeds, the return of the Human Torch and throws in a battle between Galactus and the Mad Celestials for good measure!

So you're definitely getting your money's worth here. Another terrific chapter from writer Jonathan Hickman, and excellent interior art by Barry Kitson, bouncing back and forth between the team and the clash of cosmic giants.

Like I've been saying: this is a great series and you shouldn't miss it.

Even though I have to admit I'm not crazy about the art on this cover - mostly because I have no idea what's going on there. Looks like Reed is trying to show what the pretzel he had for lunch looked like. (Well, we can't be constructive all the time.)

Grade: A-


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