Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 Book of the Year: Marvel's FF

It was a few days before the end of December 2013. The conversation went something like this:
-Hey! The year is almost over. We should decide what book will be the 2013 Book of the Year.
-Yeah. What was the best book put out this year?


And that was that... But we didn't share with all of you what we had picked. So, here it is:

written by Matt Fraction
art by Mike Allred and Laura Allred

This is a fantastically entertaining book. It's very well written and so funny. To be Book of the Year, you have to have consistent, clear, and entertaining stories/artwork. This book has all of that. It can be lovingly sweet too, along with all of the jokes. Memorable moments include Victor von Doom throwing goblets at people, Tong informing everyone that "he" should have always been a "she" and everyone embracing her change in an instant, everyone miniaturized and hanging out on Mr. Impossible's underpants, Johnny Storm burning the town while saying " See John burn. Burn, John. Burn." and the Yancy Street gang going after Darla Deering yelling "Ya dummy!" ... But what we'll mostly remember is Doom and his goblets.

And let's not forget Uatu... heheh.

The artwork is expressionistic with it's simple style. Though it never leaves you wanting for details. It showcases a well-rounded environment. The penciling, inking, and coloring all work well together and match the themes of the various plots. I like the style a lot. Some might call it "cartoony" but I find that term to be an inadequate description. What it is is simply: great.

There are a lot of characters in this book and I like how certain issues focus on some characters at a time so as not to overwhelm the reader with information. When it does become more hectic, it only works in the book's favor showing that the FF is not only a team but the Future Foundation is a school of sorts.

I love the different personalities of all of the characters, too. They are all interesting and unique.
If you've never read an issue, pick some up, ya dummy!

Previous Book of the Year Picks:
2012: Marvel Comics: Daredevil
2011: DC Comics: Tiny Titans
2010: Image Comics: Chew

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