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Review- Fantastic Four #13 (Marvel Comics)

Fantastic Four #13 ( Marvel Comics)cover art(detail) by Esad Ribic
Fantastic Four #13
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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Art - 7.5/10
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Fantastic Four #13

Writer: Dan Slott

Artist: Sean Izaakse
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The Thing and The Hulk go toe to toe and there is no backing down

The Thing vs The Hulk…nuff said

 

“Let Them Fight” Fantastic Four #13

 

Well, it got teased the last issue and it is finally the slobber knocker we have all been waiting for The Hulk vs The Thing. No matter how many times it happens it is always hyped. The two heavyweights of the Marvel Universe going toe to toe once again. But the Thing only has a short time before he transforms back to his human form in his “annual transmutation”. Can he finally best the Hulk one on one? Why is the Puppet Master controlling The Hulk? What about Alicia his new wife and tourist being trapped under a rockslide? This is not how Ben Grimm pictured his honeymoon going in Fantastic Four #13.

Writing

Fantastic Four #13 ( Marvel Comics) CoverArt by Esad Ribic
Fantastic Four #13 ( Marvel Comics) Cover Art by Esad Ribic

Man oh man this is some classic Marvel storytelling by Dan Slott. This brought me right back to being a kid and picking up a comic book. It is just that classic The Thing vs The Hulk. Anytime I would see that whether it be in comic book form or from a cartoon I would be hyped. As a kid I was always partial to the ever-loving blue-eyed Thing. He was weaker than the Hulk but always showed heart and Dan Slott plays right into that in Fantastic Four #13.

This is just fun almost “throwback” comic book storytelling. It is a good end to a two-part story with Alicia and Ben Grimm recently married going on their honeymoon. Timing it when Ben will transform into his human form for a week (we keep it PG but I guess Brodie gets his question answered from Mallrats by Slott about the Thing). Wouldn’t you know the Hulk controlled by Puppet Master (Alicia father) comes to ruin all the fun. It is just a good classic comic book, superhero storytelling. You got a good set up, the drama of The Thing about to turn in human form, plus the fact that he has never really beaten The Hulk one on one before. It was all just really entertaining and refreshing read.

I also like that at the end of the issue Slott keeps the Hulk in character with the current Immortal Hulk version. It is a good bit of continuity with that character and glad they added it in.

Art

If you are going to advertise The Hulk and The Thing throwing down you better bring it in the art department! Luckily Sean Izaakse delivers some wonderful visuals throughout Fantastic Four #13. The fight between the two behemoths takes up most of the issue rightfully so. Izaakse does a great job of catching all the massive blows as they trade punches and slams. I love the damage Izaakse details on The Things rocky hide as he tries to fend off the Hulk. 

Izaakse also does a good job of ratching up the drama with close up of Bens watch counting down to the time he becomes human. He does a good job of laying out the fight and then we catch a glimpse of ben’s watch letting us know that Ben Grimm doesn’t have much time left to finish this battle.

The coloring work by Marcio Menyz is solid as well. Most of the issue takes place at night. Menyz does a great job of playing with the lighting as the characters fight in the moonlight. 

Conclusion

Fantastic Four #13 feels like a classic comic book in many ways. You could really just pick up this issue and enjoy without having read the past twelve issues. Slott lays everything out and all you really need to know is on the pages. So, this is a pretty good place to jump on as it finishes up a two-issue story and it is just a ton of fun. The art catches the battle between the Hulk and the Thing delightfully well and if you like superhero comics I can’t really see you not closing this book without a smile on your face!


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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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