Fantastic Or Craptastic ?


Months ago, Disney Marvel Comics let an indifferent world know they were going to kill off 1 of the Fantastic Four in issue 587.

The storyline called “Three” would lead to an event… that would change everything… once again.

I type “once again” because if you’ve ever read comics for a certain period of time, you know that in the universe of comics things are promised but seldom delivered.

In the case of death, several major characters from both Marvel & DC have croaked over the last few decades…

– That redheaded chick from X-Men, she died
– The original illegal alien, Superman, he died
– & even Spider-Man died, several times too

None of these stuck & with each resurrection, the impact of death became non-existent.

All crap aside, current FF writer Jonathan Hichman has done some really terrific work with the 4 imaginauts.

In fact, he planned all of this long in advance & has been building towards this so it’s not meant as some quick cheap shock.

However, members of the FF dying is in itself hardly new.

Sometime back in the 90’s Mr Fantastic, Reed Richards, died at the hands of his archnemesis Dr Doom, then he came back.

A few years ago The Thing, Ben Grimm, was killed off in Mark Waid’s & Mike Wieringo’s run on the title only to be resurrected some issues later.

& more recently The Invisible Woman, Sue Richards, was killed off… sort of… by previous writer Mark Millar.

So, I can’t imagine being that impressed by the tale’s conclusion.

However, I want to have faith in Jonathan Hickman & so I’ve purposely kept away from the I-Net for fear of spoilers.

In fact, it appears that Marvel themselves released the identity of the soon-to-be-deceased earlier this Tuesday.

Anyways, I have the issue in front of me & I’m going to read it & then post if it really lived up to the hype…




…not bad but not great either.

There was a nice build-up of tension along the way with Reed Vs Galactus in space, Sue Vs Namor underwater & Johnny & a de-powered Ben Vs Annihilus & his army in the Negative Zone.

But the end… it wasn’t all that.

It really wasn’t.

The impact would have been so much greater with not knowing beforehand “Three” would end like this.

Oh well.

Fictional characters or not, I’m sure there’ll be grief & such in the short term but exactly how the death of Johnny Storm will “change everything” in the long term is unclear…

…unless it’s a comeback of H.E.R.B.I.E. ???

H.E.R.B.I.E. Returns


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