Spider-man Reviews

Comic Reviews: Spider-man and the Fantastic Four Issue 1

Cover scan uploaded on Apr 17, 2007 by WallCrawler

Submitted by: WallCrawler on Apr 19, 2007

We all know the adage "You can't judge a book by it's cover," but if I were to ignore that bit of wisdom for a bit, judging this book by it's cover would tell me that I was in for a fun silver-age style team-up story involving Spider-man and the Fantastic Four. And in this instance I would be correct. (As if I had any doubt.)

The art by Mike Wieringo (one of my favorite Spidey artists since way back in Sensational Spider-man volume 1) and the script by Jeff Parker exhibits the fun and excitement of that era, while maintaining a modern beat.

With a total of five characters that Wieringo has worked on in the past two years, he's at the top of his game on this book. His Spider-man is hardly ever on the ground, and his Johnny is equal parts suave and hot-headed. Parker's characterization is dead-on in both the interchange between Spidey and Impossible Man as well as the Human Torch and The Thing.  We can only wait to see whether Parker decides to harken back to the silver age rivalry between Spidey and Torch or goes with their more friendly relationship of today.

The treatment of Impossible Man by both the artists and the writer is very fun and engaging, with his shape-shifting ADD-style personality. The Kirby-esque alien, The Imperator, is well characterized as nearly indestructible, and as the initial envoy of the H'Mojen, the alien race that wants to take over our world, it makes the reader wonder how our heroes could EVER succeed. I look forward to the next issue, and then look forward to 'Ringo returning to "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man."

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