Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz, VC’s Joe Caramagna, David Curiel, and R. B. Silva
Release Date: September 9th, 2020
From special appearances of the Profiteer and the Unseen to Wolverine and the Avengers, this issue has a ton of players and multiple loose threads from EMPYRE to tie up. However, if you follow the previews and solicits, it said “two major turning points for the entire Marvel Universe will take place in this issue.” Well, let’s jump into FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE FALLOUT #1 by Dan Slott to see if this issue is as epic as the solicits led us all to believe for the past two months!
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If you look at this issue as simply a snapshot of the EMPYRE event, it does the job of wrapping up a few of the small dangling plot threads while opening up another can of worms to be worked out at another date and time. However, here are the real questions I have after the entire EMPYRE event. How many people really enjoyed this event? Furthermore, did anyone deeply care what happened to the two kids who’s main focus was in the FANTASTIC FOUR tie-ins? I say this mainly because it becomes a huge aspect of the issue.
Now, I will say that anyone who was invested in EMPYRE would want to know what happened to Quoi. They’d want to know the ramifications of his actions. However, in this reviewer’s opinion, his sentence is way too simple and caring and lacks what he truly deserves. Whether he was a boy who was taken advantage of or not, he led a full universe assault on the planet and threaten to destroy our solar system by means of blowing up the sun. He was a homicidal maniac of universal proportions with a vision just as large as Thanos, Annihilus, or any other big bad. And if it was any of them, the Avengers and FF would want their heads… but not Quoi. Is it because they know him? Is it because he’s family (even though he’s been nonexistent for years until this point)? Is it because it’s his first offense?
So realistically, what do we make of this issue? Well, Slott uses FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE FALLOUT #1 as a bouncing off point for the FF by introducing a new set of characters, a new possible villain, and a new person working in the shadows. Therefore, to anyone who hasn’t been interested in Slott’s FANTASTIC FOUR run to date, this could be fantastic news! I foresee a new direction, new plot threads, and a new purpose. And as someone who was rapidly losing interest in Slott’s FANTASTIC FOUR run, I couldn’t be happier and simply can’t wait for the next issue! However, this issue is an entirely different story.
FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE FALLOUT #1 was cluttered with word balloons and plastered with dialogue from head to toe. Slott’s Thor seemed too confident and Franklin’s use of powers seemed out of character, especially as someone who’s supposed to be saving them for an emergency… like an all-out war within the universe. But, I guess helping to teleport people across the universe is worthy of deflating his powers forever. Furthermore, the extras involving Medusa and Black Bolt didn’t seem to fit, the Spider-Man moon jokes didn’t hit, and the overly stoic Emperor Hulkling didn’t jive with EMPYRE’S take on the “Emperor’s New Groove”. In totality, there are simply too many characters for Slott to give them all the accurate voice and service they deserve. He’s great when he can focus on one character but even an entire FF team can sometimes spell trouble for Slott as he performs his balancing act.
Overall, this issue tries to wrap up the EMPYRE event and introduces new components to the FANTASTIC FOUR story moving forward. There were a few hallmark moments involving Ben and Alicia, as well as the resurgence of a missing key player to the Marvel Landscape. However, was it really needed in its own issue? No. Frankly, the biggest positives of this issue are the redirection of the series ahead and the end to an event that was mediocre and flat at best. Readers that happened to love EMPYRE will adore the minor threads tied together in FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE FALLOUT #1. However, readers who’ve been all-in on Slott’s FANTASTIC FOUR run could probably skip this issue and get the cliff notes on the beginning pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #24. And ultimately, the solicits were definitely blown way out of proportion. As for this reviewer, it’s a hard pass on this issue and the EMPYRE event altogether.
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