Fantastic Four #603
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Barry Kitson
I tend to have a love/hate relationship with the Fantastic Four. There's the wonderful family aspect in the book. I love the character relationships. I tend to shy away from it though when there's too much time traveling. My suspension of belief breaks when the plot tries to do too much.
Anyways, I really enjoyed issue #603. Picking up from the last issue, Galactus and the Celestials are fighting one another. It's cool to see that the fighting here is so far huge. It's really out of the Fantastic Four's hands. They try to help but their efforts are meaningless. I like this because of how human the team feels. Despite their geniuses and powers, at the moment they are powerless. It was so cool the way Sue tried to protect them all with her force field. I always love seeing strong women in comics who do more than show off their cleavage. We got a little tease of what is to come which has me so excited. Franklin looks like he is finally going to get a shot to show everyone what he is capable of. I remember the anniversary issue (I forget the number) where he created a little universe in his closet. His powers are so great which is why his parents haven't let him doing anything all this while. He's been acting like a normal little kid, which is fun to see when he is surrounded by so much that is abnormal. Valeria is usually the one to stand out amongst the siblings because of how smart she is but I feel she looks too much towards Reed's father to know what to do sometimes which almost seems counter-intuitive toward her nature.
The storytelling and artwork are wonderful. When I don't have much to say about the artwork, that's awesome because the art didn't detract from the story. They worked well together. The cover is nice. It tries to bring the focus to the team, making them very pro-active in the situation. My only wish is that the threat of the Celestials could seem more imposing. They almost seem like they could be funky shaped buildings in the background except for the one floating in the air.
These are wonderful characters. You should definitely check it out yourself if you don't already.