Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

A Solid Foundation

FF #1
“The Club”
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Steve Epting
Inks: Epting & Rick Magyar
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Epting, Daniel Acuna, Marko Djurdjevic, Gerald Parel, Stan Goldberg & Joe Sinnott
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99 US

While I had some qualms about the noted issue of Fantastic Four featuring the “death” of the Human Torch, writer Jonathan Hickman’s script also piqued my interest. As details about this replacement series, focusing on the former Fantastic Four’s “Future Foundation,” were released, I grew more interested. Now that the first issue has arrived, I’m pleased to find that the potential I saw in those final issues of Fantastic Four has been realized. I still wish the writer had provided a little more information about the FF’s “science kids” program, but some strong but quiet moments of characterization really grabbed me. Given the melancholy tone that dominates several scenes in this issue, Steve Epting’s darker style seems like a good fit, and the new costume designs that are such a big part of this inaugural issue are visually engaging as well.

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