Sunday, January 27, 2013

FF #3

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Michael Allred

Move away Fantastic Four, because here's the third issue of the world's new greatest comic magazine! What was at first an unfounded concern is now a somber reality: The Fantastic Four are gone, and it's up to Ant-Man, Medusa, and She-Hulk to make things right. Top on their list is bringing Darla Deering back into the fold, and to do that, Scott Lang has to go through the Yancy Street Gang first. Nothing in the past few years has channeled the works of Lee and Kirby, or that 60's vibe like this little scuffle with the gang; an absolutely magical sequence. I will be frank: Years ago, during the X-Statics days, I was a big detractor of his work; cut to today, and I cannot imagine a world without Michael Allred's fascinating and unique style. His and Laura Allred's pages have beautiful finishes; they look as if done on animation cells, rather than the conventional Bristol board, and that's just one of the many features that make their art incomparable. FF is by far the funnest Marvel title in the market.

Darla Deering and Scott Lang. Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred.

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