Review: Fantastic Four #2

What have Reed, Sue and the kids been up to all this time? What adventures have they been on? What strange new friends have they found along the way? What deadly new enemies have they made? And what are Franklin and Valeria’s new codenames? All these questions will be answered… just in time for ENTIRE UNIVERSES TO DIE!

The return of the Fantastic Four wasn’t quite the reunion we might have expected. Writer Dan Slott instead focused the debut issue on the heart of it all and through Ben and Johnny allowed us the reader to explore our feelings around the absence of this team. There wasn’t a lot of action but there was a lot of heart.

Fantastic Four #2 not only answers so many questions it also delivers a new villain and lots of action. It also gives us an ending that’s hard not to squeal about. Slott nailed the first issue and does it again with this second one.

When we last left Reed, Sue, their kids, and the rest of the Future Foundation, they had decided to explore the brand new multiverse. Here, we find out how opening up fantastical adventures to be explored down the ride. But, as they have built the new multiverse opposite forces want to destroy it and thus we learn about a brand new enemy. Slott sticks to the science of every action creates an opposite reaction.

But where the issue, and Slott’s writing shines, is that fantastical element. Fantastic Four is about the impossible and seeing worlds we’ve never imagines and events we could never comprehend. With the early emphasis on literal world building, Slott reminds us of that and opens up the magic once again. The first issue reminded us about family, this issue reminds us of the infinite possibilities.

The art by Sara Pichelli is solid, though I quibble a bit about Reed’s beard which seems a little odd at some points. The worlds presented look fantastic and while much is it familiar, it still feels alien and exciting. The characters too look great with some aging a bit and others being exactly as we remember.

The comic is magical in so many ways with a great mix of humor, magic, action, and possibilities. Then there’s that ending that reminds us even more why we love the Fantastic Four, their history, and that they are truly Marvel’s first family.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Sara Pichelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review