The GeeksverseFantastic Four #605

Fantastic Four #605
Published on Saturday, April 14, 2012 by

Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run has been brilliant and this issue shows why.


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Ron Garney
Colored by: Jason Keith
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover by: Ron Garney w/ Jason Keith
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Awhile back I reviewed the issue where the Future Foundation kids gave Ben Grimm a formula that would let him revert back to human for a week at a time, once a year. I wrote that it was an absolutely amazing issue. The reasoning behind why Ben was stuck as the Thing was perfect and it really showed why Hickman was an incredible Fantastic Four writer.

This issue builds on that and in a way that is bittersweet, sad and makes perfect sense.

Ben Grimm doesn’t age, which makes sense. He’s living rock, he’d age like rock does. The only time he’ll age is when he takes the formula. So he will live for a very long time and in this issue we see how long. It’s sad because we can see that Ben doesn’t age but everything changes around him. At least it ends sad. The first couple thousand year jumps so good worlds, worlds where the FF has made a huge difference and Ben is the focal of all that. It’s where he seems happy. But it gets sad. Not the heroic end I would hope for Ben Grimm.

But at the same time, and this is the bittersweet part, it’s obvious that Hickman has alot of love for the character. At the end of the day, it shows that everyone may say Spider-Man is the greatest hero of them all, but it might actually end up being Ben Grimm.

I’m going to be sad to see Hickman leave the Fantastic Four, his run has been stellar. I have a hard time seeing the next writer matching up to it. It’ll be a tough task.

I love Ron Garney’s work. He’s one of the top artists working today. I love the growth that he gives Ben as the centuries go by. The rocky beard is a nice touch, looking like rock stalagmites (the ones that grow from the ceiling) that you see in caves. It’s a good way to show that Ben is aging, just not at a normal rate.

Fantastic Four #605 receives
5 out of 5

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