Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fantastic Four #14

   I have enjoyed the run on the Fantastic Four by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley - but sadly, all good things must end.

   It's a bit irritating that the team has jumped ship with just three issues to go in their story arc (before the dreaded but inevitable return to a new issue #1), but the good news is: the title is in very good hands.

   Karl Kesel is taking over the writing chores, finishing off Fraction's plot - and that's fine with me, because Kesel is one of the best, most underrated writers in the business. He's done wonderful work in the past, and I look forward to more of the same here.

   The art is by Raffaele Ienco, whose work I'm not familiar with - but it's quite good! Very expressive, with strong layouts and good characterizations - the art is very much in the style of Bagley, but not imitative at all.

   The story itself is going to take some sorting out, as what started out as a family vacation has turned into a fight for the life of each member of the team, as a mysterious ailment seems to be striking them down - and their only hope is a battle against their greatest, most deadly enemies!

   This one gets high marks from me - the story continues to build nicely, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the new team brings this one to a close.

Grade: A-


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