The GeeksverseFantastic Four #588

Fantastic Four #588
Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by by: 1- Nick Dragotta; 2- Mark Brooks
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: VC's Rus Wooton
Cover Art: Alan Davis w/ Mark Farmer & Javier Rodriguez
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

There’s two tales to this issue, the main story by Hickman and Dragotta with the back-up by Hickman and Brooks. Both stories deal with the aftermath of the death of Johnny Storm.

The main story is a silent tale and shows the next month of the life of the Fantastic Four, minus Johnny Storm. I wish the story had been told by Epting. Dragotta’s art is decent and there’s a couple of really strong panels, but an artist of Eptings caliber would have really knocked this out of the park.

The reactions run the gamut. We see the Thing so angry and he takes it out on the only person he knows that can handle it, the Hulk. It’s a tender moment when the Thing breaks down. The most surprising reaction was Reeds. Seeing him take the Ultimate Nullifier and open the portal to the Negative Zone, ready to wreck havoc, was scary. But the torn shirt of Johnny’s reels him in.

Even though there are no words, the emotional impact is carried through. And Doom’s appearance at the funeral says alot for what the monarch truly felt about his long time enemy. Doom wouldn’t have bothered appearing for someone he didn’t think worthy.

The back-up is equally as good. Spider-Man is a good one to have consul Franklin, as both are in similar situations. Not as emotionally hard hitting as the first part, it’s still an excellant little story.

Fantastic Four #588 receives
4 out of 5

Already an emotional read, a different artist for the first story could have nailed the impact even more.

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