FF #2

By: Matt Fraction (writer), Michael Allred (artist), Laura Allred (colorist)

The Story: The first four minutes of the FF begins right now.

The Review: Matt Fraction right now is on the rise. It sounds impossible for some, but it seems like so, as he is currently writing some truly beloved book with his familiar style, two of them being tied together ever since their inception from Jonathan Hickman mind.

These titles are of course Fantastic Four and FF, a franchise which has seen unimaginable heights through the pen of the previous writer, bringing us great sci-fi concepts and big comic book science with heartfelt kid characters. In FF, it would have been difficult to keep the same Hickman tone, especially with the concept that Matt Fraction has for this very series.

The concept itself, to bring four different people as the new Fantastic Four, is actually quite well done in this second issue, where we can see each characters come a little bit more to grip with the fact that they now have to teach young gifted student and act as a team like the Fantastic Four. This gives us great moments such as when She-Hulk tries to teach public welfare and legal matters to small kids or when Medusa is still a little bit in her royal habit, wondering why her breakfast hasn’t come to her chamber yet.

What makes those moments so great is the fact that Fraction makes these characters so human and flawed that they become instantly likeable and realistic, which is one of his strengths as a writer. This doubles for the way he writes the kids in this issue, as they actually act like children. One scene in particular that shows this fact would be the one where Darla Deering is doing his yoga practice, when suddenly Leech and Artie Maddicks tries to apologize for eating her pancakes while she was doing her exercises.

Such a small little scene works wonderfully in the context of the issue, as it builds a little bit more into one of the more interesting character so far (albeit they are all interesting): Darla Deering. Being the normal person on the team, the only one who does not possess superhuman powers and has never been a superhero, the way she acts in this issue is very relatable, which makes her very interesting to follow. The potential for development and character depth on her is great and I cannot wait for more.

Still, the other characters do have a superhero background and super powers, which they do use in a great action scene against the Mole Man, re-enacting in some way the very first issue (or perhaps cover) of the Fantastic Four series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The way they act in this scene is pretty cool, as Fraction writes them as professional people with super heroic background with Ant-Man being a good leader while everyone do something useful in the fight, be it Medusa saving civilians or She-Hulk bringing the pain to the monster used by the Mole Man. The only character which does nothing in the fight is, of course, Darla Deering, who comes too late to the fight, making her feel completely useless.

Of course, one cannot describe the greatness of this actions scene without talking about Mike and Laura Allred, who does a great job in this issue. The two of them are channelling the Jack Kirby spirit here, be it in the design of some machines or in the big monster itself. Of course, he does have his own style as well, as he draws impressive action poses and some very good human proportions. Some artist could have some trouble with drawing realistic kids, but he cannot be counted amongst them, as Mike Allred truly does a fine job. Laura is to be commended as well, as the choice of colors manage to make all of this very upbeat with his rich palette and brightness.

The Conclusion: A fantastic issue full of great art, great character moments and cool action. This series has a bright future ahead.

Grade: A

Hugo Robberts Larivière

Some Musing: – So far, my favorite student (if he can be counted as such) is Dragon Man. Truly, I cannot wait for more scenes with him.