Fantastic Four: 4 Yancy Street #1 Review

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Lucciano Vecchio, Greg Smallwood
Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

Yancy Street has been a part of the Fantastic Four story since the early 1960s. Now that the FF have moved in, let’s see how much Yancy Street has changed in almost sixty years!!

 

In a story with ties back to the 60’s, it’s fitting that the first few pages are a flashback and are colored in a way that looks like you’re reading an old newsprint comic book. It works very well and I just love anytime an art team does it!

This whole issue reads very quickly, even though it is over sized. Sometimes that is not a good thing, but not here…it is just so much fun that the pages fly by! The story start with someone vandalizing a building and that really has The Thing upset.  When Ben goes to Reed for help in catching the vandal, you just know he will have a gadget to help Ben out, and he does!  They don’t call him Mr. Fantastic for nothing!

We continue with Ben tracking the bad guy (or kid in this cast) and after some investigating, Ben finds him and why he has turned himself into Yancy Streets solution to Banksy!  The rents too damn high!  Remember that guy?  He had some crazy facial hair, didn’t he?  (Seriously, look up “The rents too damn high” if you don’t know what I’m talking about)  Well, we need that guy because things are getting damn expensive up there on Yancy Street and people are being forced to move out.

Of course, when you do such a thing on Yancy Street, you best bring the muscle and the muscle here is some classic villains which was a cool touch. We then get a great, albeit long battle in the streets.  Things continue and we get some more gadgets, mayhem and hijinks.  It all feels like a trip back to the silver age and it put a smile on my face.

The issue then ends with a cliffhanger that shows who is upping the rent, hiring the goons and just being downright nasty.  It’s a good reveal that, coupled with the fun in this issue, has me ready for #2 already.

Final Thoughts:

This book has a great silver age sensibility to it and that’s about all I needed to enjoy it.  It’s a whole lot of fun and the art fits it all perfectly.  If you are looking for something a little less serious in a sea of dark and miserable comics, you should check this out.

8.3/10

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