Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 27, 2019
After waiting so long and being mildly disappointed with the start of this run, I am fully onboard the FF Trolley! Since the Wedding issue, this book has become the fun adventure book that I had been waiting for and, even though the delays are killing me, look forward to each and every month. So, does continuing to fight Galactus with Doom add up to more fun? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with a flashback of Victor and his father that gives you a little bit of the feels but also points out the Mountain that was so big in Werner’s mind before passing and also big in Doom’s mind in the here and now.
It’s then off to Galactus and while he has Victorious in his grasp, the art and colors had me mesmerized. It really looked tremendous with the deep purples popping off the page.
We then get a bit of Doom’s plan as he initiates his “Big Bang Cannons” and orders the Fantastic Four around. Johnny heads off to save Victorious, Ben throws rocks and Sue works some crowd control. Reed hangs with Doom and I thought their back and forth was a highlight of the issue.
Another highlight is the kids back in Arizona. I say that, but the highlight could have been so much higher if Dan Slott could get them more involved. We see them pull a Ferris Bueller and try to convert a truck into a teleportation machine, but they are sadly stopped. One intriguing thing, though, are the dark demons crawling around and peering in their bedroom window. Maybe some baddies out for multiversal revenge?!?
Back in Latvaria, Johnny goes Cosmic to save Victorious (and win her heart a bit?) and it’s all part of Doom’s plans to make a giant battery and frame the Fantastic Four…even though they were on worldwide television working with Doom himself.
This was an okay issue of the Fantastic Four. Doom’s plan just is thrown at the reader and at the end, it didn’t seem as clever as Slott may have wanted it to seem and it all felt smaller than something with Galactus should have felt. The jury is still out on that one, but the jury looks to be in on this whole “FF on trial” thing that doesn’t have me excited for in the least. I loved the art in this issue, but I want more Val and Franklin and I want the spark from a few issues ago to return.
This was a good, not great issue of Fantastic Four that really left me feeling like I needed more by the end. Doom and the Fantastic Four vs Galactus should have felt bigger, but by the end, it all felt a bit rushed to get to the finish line. While I didn’t care for what the cliffhanger promises, I am still on board with this book…let’s just hope it starts coming out in a timely fashion!