30 Jul 2012
Comments Off on Comic Book A Day – Day 6 – Ultimate Fantastic Four # 1 (2000)
For today’s Comic Book A Day review, I’m going rogue and not reviewing a comic from my beloved comic book dresser (if you remove all the comics there’s a doorway to Narnia in the back).
No, I’m checking out The Ultimate Fantastic Four #1 from my Marvel Digital Subscription, son.
I really wanted to hate the Ultimate Universe. So you’re going to restart all these amazing characters and update them for younger people? Sounds like a marketing gimmick to me! Well it was, but it was done masterfully!
These stories are top notch and because these characters have nothing to do with the established Marvel universe which had like 60+ years of continuity to it, the writers had unlimited (or Ultimate!) creative control to remake and reintroduce these characters and their origins as they saw fit.
Ultimate Fantastic Four was the last of the major Marvel Ultimate Properties to be introduced. And let me tell you what, it was pretty awesome!
Yes, these are basically the same Fantastic Four characters you know, but everything else is thrown out the window and re-imagined.
Also, they’re like 16 or 18 or 14 or 12. I couldn’t really tell. Sometimes they’re drawn like older teens and even people in their early 20’s and sometimes they’re drawn as if they pre-pubescent. This continues throughout the entire series (which I devoured in about 3 days online). Maybe it’s one of their super powers to continually go through and then revert back through puberty?
Reed Richards is still super smart, but this Reed Richards is also super insecure because of a super-dick of a dad who doesn’t appreciate his son’s habit of turning his electronics into advanced robotics.
There are 3 main Storms in this book. Johnny is the hot head kid, Sue is the genius level biologist, but their Dad is also in the picture. Dr. Storm is the head of The Baxter Building where genius level kids from around the world come to become even bigger geniuses (geni?). That’s how Reed gets introduced to Sue and Johnny. Ben Grimm goes to school with Reed and is always sticking up for the little nerd bucket.
All in all Ultimate Fantastic Four as an individual issue is pretty damn good, but the entire series and the mini-series which follow are pretty damn awesome!
I give Ultimate Fantastic Four #1 Five out of 6 Aarons (6 is reserved for comics which freaking blow my mind). It’s a must read (if you know how to read, and if you don’t, don’t feel bad because you won’t ever read this review)
Until The Thing becomes The Thong,