The Creators – Dan Slott – Writer; Sara Pichelli, Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young – Artists; Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico – Inkers; Marte Gracia, Simone Bianchi, Marco Russo, Jeremy Treece – Colours, VC’s Joe Caramagna – Letters
The Players – Ben Grimm (The Thing), Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Reed Richards (Mr. Fanastic), Susan Richards (The Invisible Woman), Franklin Richards, Valeria Richards, Alicia Masters, Doctor Doom, Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), Wyatt Wingfoot, Medusa, Crystal, Luke Cage, The Impossible Man
The Story – Ben and Johnny have failed to find the missing Richards family, the other half of the Fantastic Four and it continues to put a damper on their lives. While Ben has essentially given up and has finally decided to pop the question to Alicia, Johnny has not and still holds out hope.
The Take – Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli begin a new era for the Fantastic Four and while it is good to finally have a Fantastic Four comic back on the stands in the hands of fans who have been eagerly awaiting this for a couple of years now, there is one major problem that tends to stick out no matter how good the book ultimately is. It is a gaff to say the least and that one thing was actually getting the team back together in the book. After starving the public for so long and teasing it with the Marvel Two-In-One title, all fans wanted to see was the entire family back together and not having that happen was a disservice, no two ways about it. As it stands, the book was still a good read as those involved are indeed, very talented storytellers, though seeing Ben and Johnny kind of moping around and going about their daily lives has already been seen, again in the previously mentioned Marvel Two-In-One book. Perhaps the best part of it all, aside from the ending of course, was having Ben asking for Alicia’s hand in marriage, something that has been coming for far too long. The two of them have been on-again, off-again partners for so long with Alicia even dating Johnny for a while (which is another whole other thing), that finally seeing them end up married is one of the best possible things to happen to The Thing in quite some time. Additionally, there are two back-up tales, one that matters with Doctor Doom assumedly about to take control of Latveria once again and a second short featuring The Impossible Man which is all right, though the character is probably one of the worst creations to ever come out of Marvel. The first is excellent, the second not too bad and while nice to see, full-fledged, full-length Fantastic Four stories would be nice to see as the norm without any back-up tales. Overall it was a good start for the book, perhaps not as strong as it could be, especially given the lack of a ‘Fantastic Four’, but that seems to have started to come together in the end and if Slott makes it interesting enough, keeping this book on a monthly pull should be no problem whatsoever.
Worth It? – Yes, as it is only going to get better.