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Review: Fantastic Four #25

Fantastic Four #25

In Fantastic Four #25, an otherworldly being of incredible power is looking for an omnipotent power than Reed Richards has locked away many, many years ago (but never mentioned). Separate, none of the Fantastic Four can stop this villain. Combined with the might of the FF and a bunch of their friends and family, they are able to defeat the bad guy and save the day.

Let’s be honest: that’s the synopsis of many Fantastic Four stories. These plot pieces make up your typical FF story. What separates the good and bad stories is how you put those pieces together. The Fantastic Four are not quite the superheroes that many others in the Marvel Universe are. They are adventurers and explorers and the bizarre and unknown are their backyard over most anyone else. So having a story where the plot isn’t exactly original, it helps that the writer puts pieces in place that makes it a bit more interesting.

Writer Dan Slott makes the FF feel like the FF.  In my opinion, there’s a lot that Slott does with these characters. Fantastic Four #25 features a strong family dynamic and the threat is certainly a deadly one. I’ve been a fan of the FF since I was a child and while I haven’t been reading it much in the last two years, the first story in the 25th issue did feel like a classic. That said, the other story in this issue, between a newly-reborn Uatu and the original Nick Fury felt a bit off and unexciting. You can’t win them all, true believers.

For being the Fantastic Four, it’s Fantastic a-whole-lot-of-people. Doom and his servant, another set of jobbers in the Baxter building, Ben’s adopted-ish kids that he has with Alicia. There’s a lot of people in the story so there’s two ways to look at it. Too many moving pieces that take away a bit of focus from Reed and Co. Or, it enhances the family dynamic, another quality of what makes the FF who they are. I personally felt it was maybe too many people for a single issue. Ben and Johnny do not contribute much to this, which was a bummer.

Holy cow! The art in Fantastic Four was pretty…fantastic? I am new to the art team of R.B. Silva and Jesus Abertov but they blew me away. They totally nail the character looks and there were some pages, like the one of Reed and Valeria working in the lab, that stood out. One thing I enjoyed visually was the scene with Reed and Valeria in the lab, totally looking like something out of the Kirby era. The action sequences stand out with both high marks in detail and panel work, not skimping on backgrounds.  Great lettering all around from Joe Caramagna. And I think it makes a huge difference on a book to have an eye-catching cover and I thought the Mark Brooks cover was top-notch.

Dan Slott has been on this book for a few years and from the few issues I’ve read of his FF run, I’ve really enjoyed it and wished that I kept up in a better fashion on it. R.B. Silva and Jesus Abertov crushed the visuals. I think for a new reader, Fantastic Four #25 would not be the most friendly issue to pick up but I do think this was a pretty good issue of Fantastic Four and definitely worth the read.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Marcio Menyz Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Fantastic Four #25

Fantastic Four #25

(W) Dan Slott (A) R. B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $5.99

“There Shall Come a Reckoning”
A NEW ERA FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR!

Do NOT miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel’s First Family!

Who is the HELMSMAN? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is VICTORIOUS in New York-and what will that mean for the HUMAN TORCH? All this and an appearance by DOCTOR DOOM! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the FANTASTIC FOUR!

Fantastic Four #25

Preview: Fantastic Four #24

Fantastic Four #24

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Hey, remember that time Iceman replaced the Human Torch as a member of the Fantastic Four? No? Well, Johnny Storm sure remembers! And now it’s time to let everybody else in on the secret of the Fantastic Four story we were never supposed to talk about!

Fantastic Four #24

Preview: Fantastic Four #23

Fantastic Four #23

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• The ultimate Omni-Wave Projector – built by Valeria Richards, powered Franklin Richards. In their hands, it could lay waste to the Empyre…
• …but what if it fell into the hands of the Celestial Assassins? A tipping point in the Empyre saga! A fight that Spider-Man and Wolverine can’t afford to lose! And two lives that that will be forever changed!

Fantastic Four #23

Preview: Fantastic Four #22

Fantastic Four #22

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The return of the new Fantastic Four?!
• The events of EMPYRE threaten all life on Earth and the future balance of power throughout the cosmos!
• And the secret mission that the FF have placed into Valeria and Franklin’s hands requires some big-league help!

Fantastic Four #22

Preview: Fantastic Four #21

Fantastic Four #21

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

EMPYRE TIE-IN!
With the Fantastic Four neck-deep in the menace in space, who can Powerhouse and Brainstorm call upon to deal with the crisis down on Earth? Only Spider-Man and Wolverine, of course!

Fantastic Four #21

Preview: Fantastic Four #20

Fantastic Four #20

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

EMPYRE IS COMING!

The Mole Man and his biggest Kaiju return to the surface, with all of their righteous wrath aimed at one man… Wyatt Wingfoot! How can the Human Torch and Sky possibly save him? Y’know, this really would’ve been a good time to have brought ALL of the Fantastic Four! Also this issue: Meet a never-before-seen Elder of the Universe! Who are they, and how will they change the FF’s life… forever?

Fantastic Four #20

Preview: 2020 Rescue #1 (of 2)

2020 Rescue #1 (of 2)

(W) Dana Schwartz (A) Jacen Burrows (CA) Paco Medina
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Pepper Potts moved on from Tony Stark. She’s getting her life together, finding her place in the world.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly when Tony Stark decides it’s time for a full-tilt, full-blown meltdown. And if Pepper can’t suit up and save the day, Tony is toast.

2020 Rescue #1 (of 2)

Preview: Fantastic Four #18

Fantastic Four #18

(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Point of Origin” Part 5!

• We weren’t kidding. That big secret that we promised last issue, that really happened. This issue is the fallout.
• Punches will be thrown. Lives will be changed. And Reed Richards is going to drop some scary science on the planet called Spyre.
• You know those sci-fi rules about “prime directives”? The Fantastic Four aren’t playing by those rules. Not this time.

Fantastic Four #18

Preview: Tony Stark: Iron Man #18

Tony Stark: Iron Man #18

(W) Dan Slott, Christos Gage (A) Paco Medina (CA) Alexander Lozano
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“THE ULTRON AGENDA” continues! Chapter 3: Inner Conflict

While Rhodey and friends fight the robot war topside…
…a literal war rages on INSIDE Tony Stark! It’s the Wasp and a remote piloted Nano Iron Man versus a shrunken Ultron/Pym inside Tony’s physical body!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #18
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