Saturday, May 10, 2003

Marvel Adventures : Fantastic Four #12 Review



Basically, here is all you need to know about this issue of Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four.

The scene on the cover?

Not only does it ACTUALLY happen inside the comic, but writer Jeff Parker manages to pull it off!!

Just let that sink in for a moment. Dr. Doom stealing Johnny Storm's flying roadster!!! How can that WORK?!

It works through a number of believable, yet funny circumstances, which result in Johnny Storm ending up with Dr. Doom's car from college, which Doom sold to Reed Richards, but now, years later, a Latverian citizen wants to acquire the car to give to Doom for Doom's birthday.

Along the way, we see Johnny work on the car, Johnny have adventures in the car, basically we get to see what would happen if Johnny Storm ever got a super-car. A lot of funny stuff. And there is plenty of great banter along the way.

Later, when they are forced to go to Latveria to retrieve the car, there are also plenty of laughs, as we see the other presents given to Doom (one of the top criteria Doom has in judging the presents is whether the present can be used to kill the Fantastic Four). Also, in the fight WITH Doom, the other presents for Doom are put to good use. There is a GREAT scene where Reed reminds Doom that Doom sold the car to Reed. Doom says something like, "Ah, yes, that sounds like something I would say. Nevertheless, the car stays here." I love the idea that he is willing to concede that quite large point to Richard, and it doesn't change anything in his mind. "Yes, I sold it to you, but now I want it back." - all delivered with the complete self-assurance that marks Doom's behavior.

Just a great job by Jeff Parker, to be able to tell a story quite literally called, "Doom, Where's My Car?, and have it not just be funny (which it is), fun (which it is ) but also working with everybody's established characterizations.

Penciller Juan Santacruz and inker Raul Fernandez do a very nice job on the artwork, and the colors from Sotocolor's studio are bright and appealing.

So, for this funny, yet believable for the characters involved, work - I would recommend it without reservation.

Read the Review

15 Comments:

Blogger joncormier said...

How did I not know this was coming out!

I love cars with flames. Some people will buy a comic simply because Vibe is in it, me, it's a car with flame decals.

5/15/2006 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger Bully said...

Golly, I gotta buy this! Thanks for the tip.

There's a real art to writing a story with a proper Doctor Doom in it and having it be funny. Sounds like this is one.

5/15/2006 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger Iagorune said...

I went out and picked this one up after reading your review.

It was just a really well done and funny story that managed to catch what the FF does best, the combining of the whole BIG operatic world of superhero's mixed with the day to day problems of family, friends and that obnoxious guy you went to college with.

First rate comic, thanks for mentioning it.

- rick
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