The GeeksverseFantastic Four #587

Fantastic Four #587
Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Steve Epting
Inked by: Rick Magyar, Mike Perkins & Steve Epting
Colored by: Paul Mounts
Lettered by: VC's Rus Wooton
Cover Art: A- Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Javier Rodriguez; B- John Cassaday & Laura Martin
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

I’ve been a big fan of Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four. I think he’s straddled the line between fun and high concept science perfectly, and helped give new definition to Marvel’s first family. This, the last issue of the “Three” arc, ties up everything he’s set-up in the arc and in previous issues, but at the same time leads to a whole lot of new directions.

He’s called this the end of Act 1 of his three year plan. I can’t wait to see where Act 2 takes us.

Reed Richards lets Galactus destroy a world, bringing with him a whole host of other problems from that world. What to do with the brain patterns of all the inhabitants of that world, as well as some new quasi-heroes and the Maestro. Reed’s part is probably the weakest out of the three “chapters” (for lack of a better word). It is nice to see a problem that Reed can’t solve with his mind. That failure should provide some nice grounds to launch future stories from.

Sue Storm is now Queen of an undersea people. This sequance seemed to wrap up very quickly, a little too quickly. But it had some really strong character moments. Watching her strike and cause Namor to back down was well done. The sequance where Namor is surprised that she stands up to him, he calls her magnificent and she rolls her eyes was well written and beautifully drawn. What effect will Sue’s queenship over this undersea race have on the rest of the FF and the MU? Are they really as peaceful as they say they are?

The final “chapter” has Ben Grimm (temporarily human) and Johnny Storm holding off an Anniliation Wave from the Negative Zone, with the help of Valeria Richards, Franklin Richards and the Future Foundation kids. This was the strongest of the chapters, understandably so, given the events that happen.

Great use of the kids. The science was high, but it wasn’t such babble that us normal folks just blanked it out. That everyone accepted the conclusion, that someone would have to be left behind, showed a maturity. Which makes Johnny’s sacrifice even greater. All the others, including Ben at the very end telling Val to tell Johnny the sequance, were mature in the understanding that someone had to die for everyone else to live. Johnny, the normally immature member of the team, was the only one that didn’t immediately accept it.

And when he did, when he chose to accept his fate, he did so maturely, finally becoming an “adult” and the man he always had in him. Well crafted and executed, the sacrifice made sense and worked wonderfully.

The last page, of the Thing holding Valeria and Franklin, was heartbreaking.

It’s no secret that I’m a big Steve Epting fan and this issue highlights why. Beautiful, highly detailed, emotional. His art had it all.

Fantastic Four #587 receives
5 out of 5

The Last Stand of the Human Torch was just how you would expect the Torch to go out.

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