Category Archives: FF

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Secret Six TPB #1

Picked this one up for class, but I was kind of excited to read a book by Gail Simone – I’ve heard a lot about her since I started reading comic books. I was really expecting a lot. That probably did not help me out, honestly. Also what didn’t help was not knowing the vast majority of these characters. I’m pretty sure the only character I recognized right away was Batman! I spent the first three or four issues just working out who was who and what each person could do. It was a lot of characters to learn! I was having a really hard time reading until I got the characters down. After that, I got sucked into the storyline – it was pretty interesting! Oh well…since this is pre-New 52, I’m not thinking I’ll be reading any more (I’ve heard that anything pre-New 52 is kind of hard to get your hands on) but it was certainly interesting and I would definitely search out more by Gail Simone!

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

And we are onto a new,crazy week. I still feel like a huge pile of things to get through, and this week I won’t have quite as much time as before. We shall see how this goes!

Fantastic Four #4 and #5

Well…this is getting better. I wouldn’t say that it’s getting good, but we’re making steps in the right direction. I liked the background we got in issue #4, the running story of how Reed and Sue met and eventually married. It was a really cute story, especially when the exact opposite, the lack of trust from Reed, was going on in the main storyline. I think having those two side-by-side was pretty telling when it came to Reed, and I enjoyed what was going on and the cliffhanger we were left on (FINALLY! Something that kind of made you want the next issue…). #5 was a cute story with the kids and Ceasar that was, apparently, setting something up that I assume will be in FF (if the shot of the newspaper article had anything to do with it…). We also got some serious talk between Reed and Sue, and it’s finally starting to feel a like we’re seeing the tiniest slivers of a running storyline. I’m still not sold on this one, though.

I really don’t understand this though. I LOVE Fraction’s writing in Hawkeye and FF. We know that he can make a good running storyline (through FF) and a good episodic series (Hawkeye). I don’t understand why those two titles feel like they’re leaps and bounds ahead of this one when we have the same author. Because it isn’t the art that’s the problem here…there is very little happening in the story that makes you want to keep at it. And I just don’t understand how these opposite things can come from the same author!

Final Opinion: Iffy (2nd in a row)

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Continuing with the mini-opinions, which will hopefully be scheduled for Friday and Monday from now on. Plenty of new issues this week, plus a few new series I picked up and others that have been waiting for me to find some time. I’m hoping to get through as many as I can!!

Nova #2

I enjoyed this issue! It was a bit of a filler issue in that we really didn’t meet anyone new (unless you count the very end…) but we did establish that Sam has figured out the helmet and suit and kind of knows how to operate it. We also establish that something went rather wrong with whatever his father was doing, which is why he now has the helmet, and why Rocket Raccoon and Gamora came to him in the first place. I’m kind of curious about the panel with the mother looking out the window…think she knows more than she’s letting on? I wish we had run a little more with the story, but I still liked it overall.

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions, Attempt #1

Trying out the new format this week – let me know if you guys like this or not! Its definitely a little easier for me to do this than to do bigger posts for each issue!

Mind The Gap #8

Okay, so I’m not sure if maybe I’m just getting so lost in all the details that I’m missing things, but this may be the first filler-like issue for Mind the Gap. There were certainly some interesting tidbits in the conversations, but it feels like no new information was really introduced here. At least in terms of the mystery happening in the real world…the Garden is a different story. Don’t get me wrong, I fully enjoyed the issue! It just wasn’t one of the better ones that have come out so far. I’m really looking forward to the next issue – which is supposed to be a “silent” issue 🙂

Final Opinion: Solid

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Proving Ground (FF #2)

If anyone is wondering why these reviews are coming fast and furious today, I was babysitting a friend’s two kids last night, and I read a bunch of my new issues after I got them to sleep. I’m just trying to get through all the ones I read yesterday!!

FF #2

THIS was more like it – a wonderful second issue! We’re taking a team that is untested and unproven, and putting them into a situation where they have to prove themselves, and not only to themselves, but to the kids they are in charge of and the rest of the world. I really enjoyed reading this issue! The little moments were absolutely perfect! Starting from the countdown that we ended with in Fantastic Four #2, but instead of drawing it out for too long, we jump straight into a newspaper article that tells us everything we need, the kids that are reading said article and asking questions the next day. It was awesome! The kids in this story are portrayed so well – the questions they ask and the things they do. When the two were crawling all over Darla, it was utterly adorable. And really, “The Machine that Says Boop Boop” – adorable!

Then, when most people would be doubting this group, we throw in a villan. I don’t know if he was a big villan in the Fantastic Four (he mentioned that he was…but really, how much stock do you put into that? It didn’t seem like a big fight, but the characterization we got from Darla, the one character that really isn’t known, was good. I’m not sure if they convinced her to stay…after she said she was leaving, we didn’t see her anymore. So I’m not quite sure if she did leave, or if she’s still hanging around. I suppose we find out next issue.

Mind you, we got a surprise ending that may take the wind out of those sails for a bit…

There were elements of this issue that I really wish had been incorporated into Fantastic Four #2. The press, Darla’s insecurities, Medusa’s expectations…though I’m not sure that would have been better either…bah, I’m not sure. I’m just having a hard time understanding how Matt Fraction can be writing both FF and Fantastic Four, but I feel so differently about the two series. Maybe Fantastic Four will start to catch up? We certainly had an event in this issue that’s going to affect the Fantastic Four eventually, so they’ve got to be pretty connected to one another. Maybe Fantastic Four just needs a little more time to get out of it’s growing pains? We can hope…because if these two remain so interconnected, I’m going to want to read both…but if one of them really isn’t as good, I’m not quite sure what can be done…

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All In The Family (Fantastic Four #1 and FF #1)

I knew nothing about the Fantastic Four prior to picking these issues up. I mean, I had seen and heard of Reed Richards a few times in other series, and looked him up enough to know that he was a member of the Fantastic Four and he was ridiculously smart, but that was it. I had seen a lot of reviews and read a lot of posts from other people saying that Fantastic Four and FF were pretty good, so I decided to give them both a try.

Fantastic Four 1

…well that was a nice, ominous first page, wasn’t it? Everyone in a spaceship one year from now, looking out and obviously rather scared, trying to do something. But there are no other clue as to what any of it means as we jump straight back to current time. Random question though…is Franklin supposed to be somewhat telepathic? It seems like he was dreaming about what we saw on the first page (a quick Wikipedia search confirmed this and gave a lot more info…good lord this poor kid!) We get little glimpses of all the main characters (though there are way too many kids to keep track of them all…). I didn’t quite understand the whole community center fight club thing that was thrown in there, but yeah…

The idea that ends up pushing Reed to go to space is actually an interesting, albiet depressing idea: that the entire team is already, or will be soon getting very sick. There is currently no cure. Reed decides to take the team and his kids on a trip through the unknown universe, in the hopes of finding something that would help to cure them all (are the kids sick as well? I wasn’t that clear on that one…)

All in all, I liked this issue. It was cute in it’s little moments and had a good amount of humor in spite of the main idea. It’s really an intro issue, so there’s not a whole lot to say. I plan on picking up the next issue just to see where this is heading!

FF 1

Hmmm…well, as far as introduction issues go, this wasn’t bad. I didn’t know who any of the characters they were recruiting were! Spent a lot of time on Wikipedia trying to get an idea of who was taking over the FF on earth (couldn’t find anything on Ms Thing though…) but not a whole lot happened here, so there really isn’t much to say. I think this is another one that I’m gonna need to pick up #2 just to see where this is going!

I loved the little pages of the kids explaining the FF – they were adorable, and they felt so much like kids! I was trying to hard to not laugh with Franklin making faces. It was awesome!

Outside of that, though, not a while lot to say. I suppose any sort of opinion is going to have to wait until the next issue…

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