Fantastic Four, Issue Fourteen

Writer Dan Slott

Artist Paco Medina

Color Artist Jesus Aburtov

Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover Artist Mike Deodato Jr. & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Variant Cover Artists

Ryan Brown; Mike McKone & Rachelle Rosenberg; Inhyuk Lee; Tom Raney & Rachelle Rosenberg; Christian Ward

Graphic Designer Carlos Lao

A good time can be found in these pages.

Firstly, look at that cover! Gorgeous! I especially like what Mike Deodato Jr. and Romulo Fajardo Jr. did with Sue Storm, she is exquisite. 

Writer Dan Slott’s Fantastic Four run, I think, is going to be looked back on as one of the greats. Every one of his issues that I’ve read has been enjoyable and pleasant, though I’m still mad at Mr. Slott for what he did to Ben Grimm on his honeymoon, poor form! Mr. Slott has made this family seem like a real one, a family that while I read their adventures I almost feel a part of. From the back and forth banter between everyone, to the FF’s history that he pays homage to without making it too central to what’s happening now, he’s creating phenomenal work.

This is the start of a new story arc, “Point of Origin,” I couldn’t be happier with how this first issue turned out. I love the sense of adventure, wonder at the universe, and the team dynamics that Mr. Slott has inserted into the story and I’m looking forward to what happens in the next issue. Reed Richards deciding to build a new, safer version of the original rocket that the team where operating when they were bombarded by gamma-rays, thus changing them, and our wider culture forever, is exciting and I can’t believe nobody has written this story yet.

Mr. Paco Medina made his artistic debut on Fantastic Four this issue and performed impressively. I have to admit that Mr. Medina’s name and his style are really ringing a bell, but for the life of me I can’t remember what other titles I’ve seen his work in, it’s driving me crazy, which is stupid of me because I could just look him up, but that feels like cheating. That being said, and really why did I say that? I liked what Mr. Medina has drawn, very much so. His clean and sharp looking linework fits this book and family, while perfectly harmonizing with the music Mr. Slott has written. The best example of this, and my favorite piece of his work, is a tiny panel in the bottom right of the page with the big reveal Reed Richards does of The Marvel-2. All it comprises of is a close-up of The Thing’s face, with a look of fear and anger on it. This one small panel struck me as the summation of the art that this man is capable of, I know how that sounds, just read the book and you’ll see what I mean.

I can’t wait to see where the Marvel-2 takes the Fantastic Four, and us by extension. I love the cosmic side of the good ‘ole 616, and with the FF in a ship headed to the stars I’m anxious to see what Dan Slott and his team has in store for the First Family.

Space is vast, and it takes a long time to traverse it, make sure to bring this book with you so when you end up bored you can amuse yourself and…

Read It!

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