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Review of Fantastic Four No. 557 

Fantastic Four No. 557

Published by Marvel Comics. Written by Mark Millar. Art by Bryan Hitch.

The Deal: Writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch continue their run on "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." This issue wraps up the multipart Nu-World storyline.

The Good: The writing and art on this book has been top-notch since the new creative team took over. And did anyone ever think any less when they heard Millar and Hitch were coming aboard FF? Let's not forget, however, how easy it is to make a crappy FF story. Writers often get mired in the comic's cosmic trappings and just turn in bad science-fiction tales. Millar succeeds by grounding his scripts in real-world environments (Hitch's photo-realistic art doesn't hurt either) and that makes the paranormal aspects of the book appear even more, well, fantastic. In addition to the main story, I also dig the subplots that are brewing in the comic. Millar's introduced a ton of cool new supporting characters and situations, which has freshened up a title that's been around since the early 1960s. Finally, I love Millar's take on the individual members of the FF. Johnny's a horny dude with a super-human case of ADD; the Thing is more comfortable in his skin and a ladies man; Sue is independent (she started her own superhero nonprofit group) and not just whining about how her husband ignores her; and Reed is a science action hero. Cool stuff.

The Bad: I still think the costumes look fugly. Johnny's short sleeves are not hitting in the least. Also there's a warning in this issue that says "Read Mighty Avengers #11 before you read this issue!" I hate when publishers do that.

The Verdict: You should be buying FF every week. Put on your to-buy list and move it to the top of the reading stack.

Reviewed materials furnished by Heroes Aren't Hard To Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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