Fantastic Four/ANTITHESIS #1: Marky Mark’s Capsule Review

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Title:  Fantastic Four/ Antithesis

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer: Mark Waid

Artist: Neal Adams

Inker: Mark Farmer

Colorist: Laura Martin

Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover Artist: Neal Adams & Laura Martin; Arthur Adams & Jason Keith; Ed McGuinness & Dave Stewart; Sara Pichelli; Ryan Stegman; J.P. Mayer & Matthew Wilson 

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

When I saw the advertisements of this new Fantastic Four story put together by some of comic’s best, I was excited. Mark Waid had actually written some Fantastic Four stories before. He gets the tone of the Fantastic Four quite well.  Neal Adams does excellent and almost photo realistic art. The opening panel gives us an excellent shot of Annihilus. He’s a space bug baddie from the Negative Zone. It’s a great start to this classic story. NOW…Here’s the catch. I usually enjoy Adams’s artwork. I’ve never really collected his stuff due to the usual price tag. For this story Neal wasn’t best choice for the artist. We get some excellent panels with the rest of the Fantastic Four. It’s the Thing. Neal draws the Thing with these god awful teeth. It’s clearly a character that Neal doesn’t not have grasp of. So much so that the character is a distraction to the rest of the book. The issue comes of with some great observations about the First Family. Especially the point where the Invisible Woman/Girl has to expose herself to get her husband’s attention. This would be great if it wasn’t for The Thing having those teeth. It’s not that other artists don’t draw his teeth, but Neal doesn’t bring proper light to the character by doing so. The book has a nice cliffhanger involving the Silver Surfer. The next issue should be a great story with Ben’s teeth…umm I mean Galactus.

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