Writer: Dan Slott
Art: R.B. Silva & Mark Brooks (Cover)
Release Date: January 27th, 2021
Marvel’s First Family! Or is it the First Family of Marvel? Anyway, the Fantastic Four (FF)! It is super fascinating to see how the archetype of 60’s comic book heroes, interact in the 21st Century. Let’s dive into their latest adventure!
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This issue opens with the Fantastic Four (sans the Human Torch) in the midst of battling the Griever at the End of All Things. The Griever still has her eyes set on the Forever Gate (the gateway to every place and point in time). Luckily for our heroes, The Silver Surfer finds the Human Torch and informs him that he had acquired a weapon that would be powerful enough to destroy the Griever.
Now armed with a weapon that is sure to destroy the Griever, Jonny, and the Silver Surfer spring into action to rescue the rest of the Fantastic Four. The Surfer’s main job is to distract the Griever so that Johnny can rescue Ben, Reed, and Sue from reliving their “probable deaths” over and over again. This part reminded me of the season 3 episode of Supernatural. You know, the episode when Sam keeps trying to save Dean who keeps dying over and over again.
Now rescued by Johnny, Reed attempts to use the Ultimate Nullifier to kill the Griever. After an intense moment of Sue being a concerned mother and wife, Reed and the Griever agree that she (the Griever) would be sent to the end of the universe. And scene!
This issue wrapped the Griever story in the neatest way possible. Now there is a chance, that she may eventually return, but for now, she is (quite literally) a future problem. I simply loved the Silver Surfer in this issue. Silva does an excellent job of drawing the Surfer as a cosmic being. This is a prime example of art candy! I also enjoyed the way Slott wrote the Silver Surfer’s dialogue. He comes across as a prince instead of a former herald of a world eater. The Griever, on the other hand, gave me Sailor Moon villain vibes. Now do not get me wrong, I love her concept. Cosmic Marvel is extremely interesting both conceptually and in writing. However, the Griever failed to live up to what I felt she could be. For example, how many entities on her level have you ever heard of “agreeing” with our heroes? But then again, the Fantastic Four does have some cosmic level clout. Overall, I would skip this issue. There weren’t too many “wow” moments or even action for that matter. However, I am sure the next arc will quickly provide us with some action!
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