Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Olivia's Pick of the Week: FF #5

FF #5
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred


In this issue of FF, there's a lot of fun stuff going on. Well, what's not so fun for the characters is that it looks like Old Johnny Storm has lost his marbles.

Darla Deering puts on a little fashion show trying to figure out how best to protect her head and still be fashionable. The little Atlantis tykes figure out how to put out the fires set by mad Johnny. There's an abundance of wonderful dialogue and character interactions. One of my favorite lines in this issue is said by Johnny in the fashion of the children's story "See Spot Run." We're introduced to a new student to be joining the other kids in the Future Foundation, the son of Medusa and Black Bolt. There's a little stand-off-ish vibe around him at first but he seems to fit in well with everyone else for the moment.

I love the pacing of this comic. There's a lot happening with the different characters but I never feel like it's too much. The plot takes lovely unexpected turns. I can't tell where things are going (unlike other books) and I love finding it all out as I continue to read. I, also, enjoy the balance of attention given to the various characters which can be tough to juggle when it comes to "team books", but Matt Fraction handles it all very well. Michael Allred's art is great. His work has a lot of personality and I think his character expressions are fantastic. This title continues to be an entertaining, good time.

-O.Pelaez

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