Written by Matt Fraction & Lee Allred
Art by Michael Allred
Colors by Laura Allred
Published by Marvel Comics
I have to admit, I first avoided reading FF because it didn’t seem like my cup of tea. I eventually cracked and picked up the first couple of issues and now that I’m reading it, I’m sorry to see it go. Matt Fraction and the Allred Clan have been building towards an epic showdown with Victor von Doom. This issue finds Ant-Man and the Future Foundation making their final preparations for battle and taking in what could be their last little bit of R & R before things get messy. We’re also shown that Doom has figured out Reed Richard’s secret to the universe and how he plans to use that to become all-powerful.
I can’t begin to say how much I love the writing in this series. It’s got a fresh, hilarious sense of humor that I’ve come to love in all of Matt Fraction’s works. While the plot was written by Fraction, Lee Allred has taken over scripting the series. This issue is packed with great moments that I’ve come to love about this series. The kids’ trip to the hot springs is a perfect example of that. While there are those hilarious, light-hearted moments, Fraction has managed to make the tone much more serious than previous issues. I’m totally okay with it because it feels like a very natural progression to the story instead of coming across as a forced way to advance the story because the series is ending. Even though I know there are only a couple of issues left and that will be it for this series I’ve grown to love, I can’t wait to get my hands on them.
How incredible is Michael Allred’s art?! His work on FF led me to add Silver Surfer to my pull list before it was even available to order via Diamond. Everything he does has a very classic feel to it but with a twist that makes it his own. The best thing about his classic-style though, is that even though it has the look and feel of an older Silver Age book, I never feel like I’m reading something older. I’m not sure how he manages to pull off modernizing his work the way he does, but he’s quickly become my favorite artist over at Marvel and I can’t wait to see what he does with the Surfer.
Even though there are only a couple of issues left, READ FF! Go pick up back issues, pick up a trade, or download them on Comixology. However you decide to catch up, you’ll be happy you did. While I wish it wasn’t going away, I’m happy to have jumped on before the end because this book has absolutely everything that I love about comics in it. It’s fun, heroic, action-packed, is filled to the brim with character development in every issue, has SPECTACULAR storytelling, and teaches values that I hope to pass on to my daughter as she grows up. To put it frankly, FF has it all!
5 out of 5 nerds