Review: Fantastic Four 2099
Fantastic Four 2099 is an interesting comic. While part of the “2099” event, it doesn’t feel like part of any greater story. In a way the issue has more in common with The Twilight Zone than Marvel‘s 2099. 2099 Alpha teased a return to the world of 2099 celebrating 80 years of Marvel by looking 80 years in the future. While it seems like there’s some greater picture, the debut Alpha comic also was a bit disjointed feeling more like a series of teasers. This first full one-shot might have 2099 in the title but the comic itself is one you can pick up and just enjoy.
Written by Karla Pacheco the comic is an interesting one. The plot features H.E.R.B.I.E. on a mission to bring the Fantastic Four back together. From there, it’s a team origin of sorts.
While it’s interesting, it’s not until the end where the comic kicks you in the gut. It’s an unexpected ending that feels like it comes out of leftfield creating one hell of a read. It’s a story that’s worth the twist ending.
The art by Steven Cummings is decent. It evokes the 90s 2099 line a bit. Along with color by Chris Sotomayor and lettering by Travis Lanham, the visuals give a hint of the future without going over the top. The character designs are interesting but it’s H.E.R.B.I.E. that really stands out when it comes to characters and their depictions.
Fantastic Four 2099 is an interesting comic. The majority of it feels rather standard as far as a team origin. It’s rather mundane in that regard. Where it stands out is that ending which plays so well against the rest of the issue.
Story: Karla Pacheco Art: Steven Cummings
Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.05 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review