The GeeksverseFF #12

FF #12
Published on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Juan Bobilo
Inked by: Marcelo Sosa
Colored by: Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: A- Steve Epting; B- Gabriele Dell'Otto; C- Skottie Young
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

With Fantastic Four returning with issue #600, FF continues with #12 focusing completely on the kids of the Future Foundation. I know Marvel likes returning to the legacy numbering at some point after the new series started, but it’s kind of weird that FF #1-11 will actually count as Fantastic Four #584 to 599 or whatever the actual numbers are.

Hickman does an absolutely amazing job of splitting off the two storylines. This is a continuation of what he started in FF as well as the groundwork laid out in Fantastic Four. It’s seamless. The Future Foundation story isn’t split off from Fantastic Four, it’s the Fantastic Four story that is split off from here. Just more proof that Hickman is one of the top five writers working today, if not the top.

This issue brings the FF together with Doom, Kristoff and the Evil Reed, or Jerk Reed as Bentley calls him. What makes this issue so interesting is watching the battle of minds. Evil Reed thinks he’s in charge, but as Nathanial Richards pretty much hinting that he won’t suceed. We have Doom and Kristoff, who you know just have to be biding their time. And then we throw Valeria Richards and the others into the mix. Nathanial and Valeria have some plan their working on. We know that Evil Reed has to know that they’ll try something and yet they seem to be going along with what he wants.

It’s all very twisting and curving and I can’t wait to see what “All Hope Lies In Doom” means.

But the real strength comes in the little moments. Evil Reed telling Nathanial to stop and Nathanial’s remark are just brillant.

Hickman is who is meant to write Fantastic Four and I can’t wait to see what he does now that the Future Foundation has it’s own title.

The only complaint was the art.

I like Bobilo’s work. He’s got a neat and unique style. It’s different. It’s technically correct and he does good with the big scenes. The only problem in this issue is his character work. It’s so hard to tell them all apart. He draws Alex Power alot like Bentley. Leech is too small. Dragonman doesn’t look right. Dragonman has such a look, he’s had it for decades, that it just doesn’t work when he doesn’t have the same look.

With some work the characters will look like themselves and Bobilo will be a unique look to this book, but this issue wasn’t it.

FF #12 receives
4 out of 5

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