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FF #2 - The Big Goodbye

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The four minutes are up and the fate of the planet lay in the hands of an all-new Fantastic Four

The Good

Writer Matt Fraction knows what he's doing. He knows how to create an interesting dynamic through interesting dialogue and character interactions in his current FF series. We are only two issues into this book and already it's in my top three favorite new series out of the Marvel NOW initiative. I imagine it was pretty tough to top the first issue in this new series, which provided a great start and introduction into this new Fantastic Four team, but it seems that Fraction has managed to outdo himself with issue #2.

The issue opens with the new Fantastic Four, a team that consists of a pretty random group of characters who, after waiting for the first four minutes to pass, realize the Fantastic Four aren't coming back. At least not when they said they would. Now, we all knew this was inevitable, but the way the scene is written by Fraction is really great. I love the way that Fraction uses the issue's writer, Mike Allred, to depict the passing of time. You can really sense the nervousness of these characters who have now taken on the responsibilities of mentoring the Future Foundation as well as acting as the new Fantastic Four.

The issue is split up into several parts, chronicling the adventures of the team on different days, and it's great. Fraction manages to throw in everything from laugh-out-loud moments where the Fantastic Four are interacting with the FF kids, to a trip to the "Machine That Says 'Boop Boop' Room," to Ant-Man's struggle with the fact that he's just been made the temporary (and perhaps permanent) leader of the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation? That's a whole heck of a lot of responsibility. There are plenty of laugh out loud, heartfelt moments as well as action-packed scenes in this issue.

The Bad

Nothing bad here! An all-around great issue that will leave you excited for issue #3.

The Verdict

I absolutely loved everything about this comic; from the way the characters are portrayed and the way they interact, to the fluidity of Mike Allred's panels, to the pacing of the issue. I also love the way Fraction focuses on each character, giving them all a little bit of time to shine without sacrificing the story. It's, overall, a great issue that is fun-filled and ends on a serious cliffhanger that'll leave you guessing and yearning for the next issue.

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Video_Martian

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I love the new FF series! Can't wait to buy issue 2! :D

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Pfft and most people thought it was gonna be bad. I new it would be brilliant!

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This was hilarious, I loved it!

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I think Tony's interview with Matt Fraction last night had an affect on me. I picked up issue #1 and #2 today.

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I'm so happy that fraction is living up to Hickman in this book.

Also finally a premium member! Whoop whoop

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You've referred to Mike Allred as a writer: I love the way that Fraction uses the issue's writer, Mike Allred, to depict the passing of time.

Great review, though. I'm still trying to work out whether or not I want to get this book, and I'd say I'm going to give it a go now. :)

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@david_maurer: I noticed that too. Mike & Laura Allred = Artists and Matt Fraction = Writer.

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Great Review. For some reason I assumed it was by Tony. Until I actually read it and didn't skim. FF and the Fantastic Four are such fun comics, I love reading them. The art is fun, the stories are adventures. Its like reading some sort of Swiss Family Robinson type adventure. That one page with the Mole Man's monster was so great. Mike and Laura's art combined made that look so graphic and awesome. I would buy that poster. And this really reminds me of the Jack Kirby Fantastic Four, and not only because he designed a room that looks like a Jack Kirby machine.

I wonder where its going from here with Miss Thing and the other character.

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This is such a great comic. The characters are unique and all of them (except She-Hulk, who probably has the most experience as a 4) seem to have something going on under the surface. Can not wait for Doctor Doom to come into the picture! I think it's just going to get better.

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Awwww look at Antman! he looks soo cute

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I'm loving this book. Like most people I had my doubts but Fraction and Allred are really making something special here. I never got why Tony would gush over Allred's art until reading this series. I really like the throwback look it gives to the story. And She-Hulk is so hot...but that's just me thinking out loud. A most informative review Sara. Keep me posted.

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I don't know what sparked my interest into picking up this book. I never cared about it before but for some reason yesterday I picked up 1 and 2. I haven't read them yet but from the praise they're getting, I'm pretty excited.