Fantastic Four #23 Review

Writer: Dan Slott

Artist: Paco Medina

Colors: Jesus Aburtov

Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Release Date: 9/2/2020

Price: $3.99


The importance of Jo-Venn and N’Kalla as the Kree Chronicle of Blood and Skrull Requiem of Souls was played out to be so much more than what Dan Slott used them for. Children that held literal history of each species in body and mind, used as a giant antenna to broadcast the very idea the Kree and Skrull already pushed aside in order to work together at the beginning of this event.

The reasoning behind the Kree and Skrull war that has been ongoing for centuries, was weak within itself. There’s nothing jaw dropping about it, nor is there really a complex thought into the story. The Skrull enslaved the Kree and the Kree escaped with Skrull technology. Morally speaking, the Skrull had no right making the Kree their slaves. And stolen technology is hardly a reason for a war to last centuries. My dog stole my house shoes and made it their personal chew toy, I bout new shoes, how ridiculous would I have been to go through an endless house war with a dog?

Now that I’ve destroyed the entire plot point for this arc, I have to say, Slott’s character writing was cheesy, cringey, a bit obnoxious, and some times just didn’t make any sense. Slott’s history with Spider-Man is there, he makes it pretty obvious, but Spidey’s “one-liners” and banter just didn’t fit everywhere Slott attempted to place it. At one point Slott had two Kree/Skrull soldiers know about Jo-Venn, (which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, I mean, if they knew he was on Earth wouldn’t the Kree also want to know where he is to help protect him?) and knew about Assassins that work with the Cotati and just let them go about their day. Don’t get me wrong, I understand our main characters need to be the ones with all the action, but why create useless characters to do useless things that don’t progress the story?

Now I will say, with the lack in story, this comic does not lack in art. Paco Medina and Jesus Aburtov killed it in this issue. Beautiful panels, great facial expressions, amazing acting through Paco. Color palette was great, each character popped just enough to individualize one another.

Slott chose to end this conflict with the good ‘ole Wonder Woman effect. Don’t know what that is? Read majority of Wonder Woman after 2017 and you start to realize “Love Conquers All” a little too much. It becomes the answer in resolving any conflict, and in all fairness of that plot device, it’s a cop out. Nothing happened to these characters other than realizing that they aren’t so different because they were “surviving together” before the Fantastic Four saved them. Which also, isn’t really learning anything, because they already knew that, they lived it. They essentially learned what the adult Kree and Skrull learned before Jo-Venn and N’Kalla were introduced.

After N’kalla and Jo-Venn stopped broadcasting, the foot soldiers just stopped fighting each other and acted like nothing happened, Slott gave these Kree and Skrull soldiers the emotional spectrum of Cybermen from Doctor Who. The Kree and Skrull are major players in this Empyre event and I have been given zero reasons to care about them at all. This Empyre event might as well be a giant war among humans, because as I said before, the reasoning for the Kree and Skrull fighting for so long was mediocre, the one chance Slott had to get readers attached to the “good side” of this war just didn’t hit.

Final Thoughts:

Just once I’d like Franklin to flip a table, snap his fingers, and have everything resolved in one to two pages. Is that a cop out? Probably, but it would be better than reading twenty pages of nonsense. Franklin is a power house and if he’s going to be used to do nothing, I’d much rather him not be in a book. At this point I am on the mutants side, let him go to Krakoa. OR give this title to another writer, maybe they might have something better for the Fantastic Four.


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