Return Of The Negative Zone Nightmares In Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The Human Torch still dreams of the Negative Zone, even now. Johnny went through hell in that realm, and he’s just figured out that the Fantastic Four must go back. A group of Negative Zone refugees have contacted the FF, and Mister Fantastic opened up the portal to allow them through. The Fantastic Four go back through to help the others still in danger from the Cancerverse and its undying servants. The FF discover from one of the refugees that the Sentry is leading the Cancerverse in this latest campaign, and Reed fears that this is his fault. He sent Sentry to the Negative Zone to find a cure for his bond with the Void, and this may have left him more susceptible to the Cancerverse and its Many-Angled Ones. Both Reed and Johnny feel guilt about what’s befallen the Negative Zone, but Sue and Ben won’t let their doubts consume the family.

Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1 cover by Josemaria Casanovas
Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1 cover by Josemaria Casanovas

Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1 brings the First Family of Heroes into the war in the Negative Zone. Their history with the Negative Zone and its inhabitants make them uniquely qualified and, in their minds, responsible to aid the dimension and its people.

It’s a comic that’s equal parts action and heart. The Human Torch takes center stage for much of the story considering his especially involved and ghastly history with the Negative Zone. Much of the comic hinges on his ability to get past the nightmarish memories and guilt over leaving the people of the Negative Zone.

Diego Olortegui is the artist on this venture, and his work looks excellent. He gives the book some great detailing, and the eyes in particular are quite expressive. We get to see more Cancerverse counterparts to Marvel heroes, and they are more haunting than usual in this issue. Juan Vlasco, Cam Smith, and Scott Hanna give the book top-notch inking, and the color art of Erick Arciniega gives vibrant life to each page.

Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1 is a fast-moving, engaging, and haunting incursion into the Negative Zone for the FF. It’s an excellent story brought together by a talented team, and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1 comes to us from writer Christos Gage, artist Diego Olortegui, inkers Juan Vlasco, Cam Smith, Scott Hanna, color artist Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Josemaria Casanovas, and variant cover artist Phil Noto.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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