The Fantastic Four face their one deaths in this concluding chapter to the latest cosmic-fulled adventure of Marvel’s first family. Dan Slott sows the seed for future storylines while also including a familiar steak of fun into proceedings too. With out-of-this work art and colours by R.B Silva and Jesus Arbutov.
Fantastic Four #28 brings what feels like a very Doctor Who-esque conclusion to the current cosmic-threatening storyline Marvel’s first family find themselves embroiled in, and one that doesn’t preclude the eventual return the Griever either. Dan Slott takes the reader in one direction, as heavily hinted at on the cover, and then pulls the rug from under us at the very end. And thereby avoiding tragedy for Marvel’s first family. Phew!
But, ahead of the curtain being brought down on another Fantasic Four adventure there is the small matter of the Fantastic Four’s deaths to deal with. Or rather, The Griever’s cruel actions that place each member at a time in their future where they will face one of their “most likely” deaths. And giving writer Dan Slott even more ammunition to use in future issues. Let’s not forget that Slott spent a decade in The Amazing Spider-Man, so one can only assume he’s playing the long game here. And there’s plenty of intrigue added to each scene that’ll have fans guessing for a good time yet to come.
The art team may well change more than I do my underpants, but Slott has always been blessed with the best artists working at Marvel, and with R. B. Silva this trend continues. Although, a huge shout out must go to colour artist Jesus Arbutov for making Silva’s art pop. Just take a look at the opening page and Silver Surfer gleaming against a galaxy of awesome cosmic colours and Kirby crackling.
In fact, in this one page alone – no, in this one panel alone – the best of this run of the Fantastic Four is no better encapsulated. A powerful, beautiful and dynamic image, homaging the comic’s legacy while offering readers a very cool and contemporary take on these classic characters. And it’s a level of quality that doesn’t ebb in another action-soaked issue. Hell, Silva even makes Diablo look… well, less like a doofus than usual.
Slott continues to have fun with the Fantastic Four, playing in the overstuffed toy box of their past, while adding to it too and managing to include enough comedic moments and asides in the issue to keep you entertained while taking in the large-scale action sequences that are so integral to comic book story telling. And out now from Marvel Comics.