Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Paco Medina
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov
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The Fantastic Four has always been Marvel’s first family, and after a shaky decade of awful film reboots, a few character deaths, some canceling of titles, and a regaining of rights by Marvel, the Fantastic Four is back and better than ever, and writer Dan Slott is leading the charge. I didn’t get the chance to get in on the ground floor of this title, but with issue 14 being the start of a new storyline, I felt like now would be a great time to jump in.
Issue 14 is the first part of the new story, “Point of Origin.” In this story arc, the Fantastic Four return to their original Marvel roots and set out on a space exploration journey to finish the original mission that gave them their powers. I absolutely love the idea for this story and am super excited to see where it goes. This story was very well written, and Slott is one of those writers who just understands these characters. We get a chance to see Reed’s endless desire for exploration, Ben’s constant search for happiness, and Johnny’s relentless need to prove himself.
The artwork is awesome and somehow finds a way to walk the line between modern day comic books and the classic art style of the 1960’s. Artist Paco Medina is doing some career defining work with these characters and I’m almost at the point of only wanting to see these characters through his lens. The scene that opens the issue of the Richards family at the Marvel-1 unveiling was really well done and it set the stage for the issue great. The flashbacks to the accident that started it all were used very effectively and Johnny Storm’s origin was very well done. This issue has convinced me to give Slott’s run with the Fantastic Four a read through and I’m very excited to see what’s to come.