Wednesday, October 19, 2005

This Comic Is Good - Fin Fang Four

I am sure a bunch of good books came out this week, like Amazing Joy Buzzards, Astro City, Authority: Revolution and Conan, but I am confident enough in saying that, even before reading those books, that I think that Fin Fang Four was the best book of the week.

I am not familiar with Scott Gray, the writer of the book, but Roger Langridge is a favorite of mine. His Fred the Clown is an awesomely humorous book, and Langridge's art is one of the best "humor" art in the business today. Together, they combine to create, in Fin Fang Four, a comic that is so funny that I have to say that I do not believe that a single page went by without a really funny joke.

The basic gist of the story is that four former monsters (all actual monsters from Marvel's monster books of the late 50s and early 60s) get shrunk down to human size and allowed to reform and work at normal jobs for the Fantastic Four (Reed is their benefactor). One of the monsters, Googam, still holds a grudge against the Fantastic Four, and through a series of screwups, he ends up unleashing a terrible monster. The four monsters then must ban together under the direction of Fin Fang Foom to correct Googam's mistake.

The other two monsters are Gorgilla, a dim-brained gorilla-like monster and Elektro, the robot who was high tech when he was created, but not so much now (He is proud of being able to hold 32K in his computer brain).

The jokes come fast and furious throughout the book. Joke after joke after joke, and they're actually GOOD ones.

Langridge's art is, as you expect, quite good.

Basically, this was a funny comic book that actually had a little HEART in it as well.

Highly recommended!

Oh, and you also get a story by Dick Ayers and Jack Kirby, reprinting Fin Fang Foom's first appearance. It is a bit culturally....insenstive, to say the least, but a good story, outside of that.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I was gonna pass, but if you say it's good... and with a Kirby reprint...

10/19/2005 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

...that was me, dammit. Why did it not put my name in there? Grr.

10/19/2005 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

You had me at "Roger Langridge."

10/19/2005 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Eli said...

This is absolutely right - the comic was great. Definitely the best of the Marvel monster event so far. And the reprint was actually less racially offensive than I feared it might be.

I have to admit, though - aren't there too many monsters in the Marvel universe? Being a monster used to mean something. Hopefully the upcoming House of M[onstrollo] will adress this.

10/20/2005 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous ArizonaTeach said...

Best part...don't know why I laughed so hard...but it was Fin Fang Foom looking at his fingernails while Jameson was ranting on TV. I DEMAND a Fin Fang Foom series now.

10/20/2005 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Brian, I went out and bought this today, and I agree with everyone here. Absolutely brilliant!

Best part...don't know why I laughed so hard...but it was Fin Fang Foom looking at his fingernails while Jameson was ranting on TV. I DEMAND a Fin Fang Foom series now.

Did you notice he's also wearing a smoking jacket? Like he's Hugh Hefner or something! :)

10/21/2005 06:18:00 PM  
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