Saturday, January 25, 2014
Olivia's Pick of the Week: Fantastic Four #16
written by Matt Fraction and Karl Kesel
art by Raffaele Ienco, Karl Kesel and Lee Allred
This issue was Fantastic. ;) It wraps up the FF story-line with it. There's another joke at Uatu's expense. And there's a barbecue. Barbecues are great. It makes me think of good food, good weather and not any of this "polar vortex" stuff.
The Fantastic Four lay the smack-down on Dr. Doom. They finally have all of their powers back to normal. A big help comes from Old John Storm, who makes a great personal sacrifice to distract Doom at a critical moment.
In the end, the team gets to come home to the Baxter building. There's a moment of hesitation that things could go wrong since they make the comment that they should've arrived technically just a bit after the kids arrived at the building but everything is okay. The kids are there, looking a little bored but all fine.
Darla Deering and Ant Man embrace, squashing any possible relationship forming between her and Johnny. The Silver Surfer is eating and recommending hot dogs. The Watcher is being teased about his name by Bentley. He makes the comment that the joke is based on a mispronunciation of his name. Character names like that are so great. It makes me think of the latest issue of Batman and Two Face with the McKillen sisters... they be McKillin' lots of people. Heheheheh.
There had been a lot of crazy sub-plots and it was great to see, through it all and here too, the family/community bond that makes this book so strong. I, also, liked seeing the different artists in the book. Normally, that kind of thing is rather off-putting but it works since it's wrapping up the two books in one.
It's only fitting since FF was Book of the year for 2013, for this "final" issue of Fantastic Four to be a Pick of the Week.