If we were only teased by the return of Reed and Sue in Fantastic Four #1, the second issue sees us catch up with what Mr and Mrs Richards have been getting up to in their travels around the Marvel multiverse, and it would seem that there really is a reaction to each and every action taken. Along for the ride is the whole of the Four Foundation creche, creating worlds and roaming the galaxies like some kind of out-of-this-world school trip with no end in sight. Its all fun and games, until it isn’t.
Enter Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s newest creation, Entropy, The Griever At The End of All Things, who on first glance seems to be the multiverse’s antidote to Franklin Richards. A walking, talking, killing antibody sent to put an end to all they have created since the end of Secret Wars. Like in life, it would seem that what takes time and effort to build can be more easily torn down and trampled. And Entropy wastes no time in causing death and destruction. Almost too quickly with one character’s death happening so fast that it was only when informed of this that I knew it to be true. Well, true for now. This is comics after all.
Slott lulls us into a false sense of security when introducing the gang. They’re having fun, and even Reed and Sue seem to think they’ve found they’re happy ever after. We, however, are far too sharp to believe it will last. After all, we’ve read FF #1, Reed, Sue and the gang haven’t. And, when have the first family ever had downtime for too long? They’ve had their vacation away from the Marvel Universe, and now it’s time to return. But, not before the promise of one Hell of a showdown in issue 3.
Pichelli’s art breathes life into her characters; they’re animated, emotive and so we are more able to connect with these people. After all, this is a book about relationships, overcoming adversities as a team and as a family. It’s a book that needs emotional resonance, and it’s here in spades. We root for Sue, Reed and the rest of the Fantastic Four not just because we’ve grown up with them, but because of the connections we can make to these people when they’re in the right creators’ hands.
Slott has a challenge on his hands in resurrecting a title that has been held as a hostage over recent years, but has also seemed to be seen as some kind of outdated affair. Marriages aren’t a big thing in the Marvel Universe, and it’s good to see this family drama return, as I’ve always loved a book that isn’t ashamed to put relationships, and soap operatics at the heart of their story. I can’t wait to see what happens next as Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben reunite and return to Earth whole. The fun is only just beginning.
Fantastic Four #2 is currently available from Marvel Comics.