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Review – The Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel Comics)

The Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel Comics) wraparound variant cover by Arthur Adams
The Fantastic Four #2
  • 8.8/10
    Writing - 8.8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Art - 8.5/10
  • 8.7/10
    Overall - 8.7/10
8.7/10

Summary

Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Sara Pichelli
Inker: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D’Amico
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: September 12, 2018

What have Reed, Sue and the kids been up to ever since Secret Wars? It has been a long time but it is time for the Fantastic Four to finally re-unite!

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Four or More in The Fantastic Four #2

In the previous issue of The Fantastic Four, the family was not “officially reunited.” It was more of Johnny and Ben continuing to deal with them missing and attempting to carry on. It was still a good issue and it left us with a wonderful teaser for The Fantastic Four #2. Well, I can say without spoiling anything that “the four” finally come together in this issue. We also learn what Sue, Reed, Valeri, Richard and the rest of the Future Foundation have been up to since the 2015 Secret Wars event that reshaped the Marvel Universe! This is definitely an issue you are not going to want to miss.

Writing

Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Esad Ribic
Main cover by Esad Ribic

Dan Slott packs The Fantastic Four #2 with a wealth of story. We finally figure out what the rest of the family has been up to while Johnny and Ben have been searching for them, and it is exactly what you would expect they would be doing. I will not spoil anything, but I think Marvel missed out on making a comic about Reed, Sue and the rest of Future Foundation’s exploits while they were gone. After reading The Fantastic Four #2 it seems like there would be a ton of adventurous stories to tell from that time.

Slott writes a good family story as well; it was a lot of fun exploring these characters through Slott’s eyes and seeing how they have “grown up” since we last saw them. Slott packs a lot of things into this one issue but it never feels overly done or too much. It feels like a lot of story, but in a good way. We learn what happened to them and what they have been up to while the story progresses into the signal teaser we saw at the end of Fantastic Four #1.

The reasons for that teaser comes up pretty fast. A new very powerful villain is introduced. It is an interesting concept for the villain, but she kind of comes out of nowhere and her powers are not explained very well. It does set up an excellent ending and teaser for the next issue, so I can’t complain too much.

Art

Sara Pichelli once again does a tremendous job on art in The Fantastic Four #2. There are some great pages throughout the issue. Pichelli gets to use her imagination and come up with some wild visuals as the group traverses the multiverse. She lays out the series well, with some great panel structures that help the story develop with a nice visual flair. Elisabetta D’Amico helps with some ink assist and I like the looser line work; it gives a little rougher texture feel to the characters.

Marte Gracia uses a little flatter coloring in The Fantastic Four #2 and it works well. It gives the series a “down to Earth” feel while still having all this crazy cosmic stuff going on. That is not to say, also, that there are not some dazzling colorations used throughout the issue as well.

Conclusion

The Fantastic Four #2 is a great issue that finally brings Marvel’s first family back together. They are having to deal with a new threat that only the whole family will be able to take on. The new villain kind of came out of nowhere and maybe is not explained the best. But I like where it got us to. If you got to the final page of The Fantastic Four #2 and your heart did not jump a little bit, you might want to check your pulse, because that is a superb final page!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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