[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
An alien lands on Earth in the Savage Land, and he is soon found by the Swamp Men of the Savage Land, a warlike people that have clashed with Ka-Zar on many occasions. This alien helps them get into an old armory once owned by the High Evolutionary, and Ka-Zar and Shanna request the aid of the Fantastic Four. The FF answer the call and help Ka-Zar, Shanna, and the Golden People stop the Swamp Men and this “Prodigal Son” from getting into the High Evolutionary’s facility.
Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun #1 introduces Prah’d’gul, or Prodigal, an alien royal exiled by his brother and crash-landed on Earth. He doesn’t innately have any ill feelings towards Earth or the people in it, but he needs a way off the planet.
His misunderstanding of our planet leads to the clash with the Fantastic Four, Ka-Zar, and Shanna the She-Devil.
Prodigal is a shockingly charismatic and enjoyable character. His powers and weapons are unique and creative, he has a great sense of humor, and it’s all balanced out by an entertaining degree of arrogance. This leaves him to play off well against the diverse personalities of the FF.
Ka-Zar is a fairly entertaining presence in this comic too, with the jungle warrior resembling more so his recent Avengers appearances.
The ending is a little strange; the Fantastic Four seemingly punish Prodigal with little provocation. Mr. Fantastic comes off seeming like a bit of an ass.
Francesco Manna’s artwork is very good, giving the comic a high-energy and dynamic style that shows off the action well. Prodigal’s costume and powers look great throughout the book, and the FF themselves look as legendary as ever. Espen Grundetjern’s color art brings a vibrant palette to the book, which adds even more energy to the book.
Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun #1 kicks off this Peter David miniseries with an entertaining story that adds a compelling new character to the Marvel Universe. I’m left looking forward to the next chapter with the Silver Surfer, and this book gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun #1 comes to us from writer Peter David, artist Francesco Manna, color artist Espen Grundetjern, color artist VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Mico Suayan and Rain Beredo, and variant cover artist Greg Land and Frank D’Armata.
Final Score: 8.5/10