The End is FOURever – Your First Look at FANTASTIC FOUR #645!
This April, four will stand together…one last time! Today, Marvel proudly presents your first look at FANTASTIC FOUR #645 – the oversized, senses shattering final issue! James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are joined by a murderers row of fantastic talent to give the First Family the grandest sendoff of them all!
Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story!
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Review: Aquaman #39
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, and Wayne Faucher
Maelstrom’s long, twisting adventure tale is finally nearing its conclusion as Arthur finally travels through the titular Maelstrom and has a family reunion with his mother. Unfortunately, that reunion doesn’t quite go as Aquaman planned. Oh, and there is a volcano god too because why wouldn’t there be. Don’t question the logic, just enjoy the fun.
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Flash Gordon #8
JANUARY 28, 2015
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
This is the end. The final issue by super-team Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner, and Jordie Bellaire! Flash, Dale, and Zarkov may have finally figured out a way back to Earth! But will Ming’s forces follow? Are their adventures over? Find out in the astounding final issue of Flash Gordon!
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Review: Aquaman #33
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons
The Chimera strikes! Aquaman is in trouble as he is being attacked by the very sea creatures he has sworn to protect. Elsewhere, Mera continues to deal with the rebel Atlantians. This issue isn’t as action packed as it sounds and mainly serves as an in depth introduction to the Chimera. There are some interesting ideas floating around in here… if you can get past some of the stilted dialogue.
The Chimera has the potential to be a really interesting villain. More panel time is concerned with the Chimera than Aquaman this month and the Chimera has an interesting back story. The fact that it has a better connection to sea life, thus has better control over them than Aquaman is great. Parker really should tap into the Chimera’s dual nature of being both man and Karaqan more in future issues. Paul Pelletier, as always, is great when he does the pencil work in this book. The opening splash page with Aquaman being attacked by all the sea life is simply brilliant stuff. All the weird Atlantis stuff is always really interesting to look at, like the massive turtles that they use as basically chariots.
Man, there seemed to be a lot of exposition about things in this title that we already know about. Its very awkwardly placed here and makes some of the dialogue feel very stilted. I also have a fear that there may be too many things going on at the same time in the story. I’ve liked the tale that Jeff Parker has been weaving here, but it would be nice if a few of the plot threads would resolve.
Aquaman, like so many other DC titles, has the potential for greatness. There are a lot of interesting ideas floating around in this book, but there just seems to be something missing that ties it all together. Once Jeff Parker can find what it is then this book will be one of the best on the stands. Right now, though, its just ok.
Story: 3 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencils: Mahmud Asrar
A young Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are seen at a conference for young gifted geniuses about what to do in the field of science. A moment in their past that put them on their paths to become who they are now. When S.H.I.EL.D. uncovers a possible threat created by their former mentor the two team up to get to bottom of just what’s been happening on a very strange island. We start out with Banner and Stark discussing their past, and get to a question we all sort of forget about, “Why the gamma bomb?” just as banner goes to answer he’s attacked by a strange creature and The Hulk and Iron Man begin their journey to this mysterious island.
Upon reaching the island Hulk is myseriously transformed back in Banner, having only been the Hulk for three minutes Banner and Stark become a little concerned about just where they are and what the hell is going on. With no time to get the sand off them, litterally, the beach itself forms crystal monsters out of the sand and begin assault on our heroes, with trap and peril ahead they find themselves face to face with their former mentor as his has turned this island into a weapon and himself into the controlling force on the island. Of course to top it off can prevent Banner from becoming the Hulk…that is until Stark pisses the hell out of him, barraging him with insult after insult, no power can match Tony Stark’s power to be a total @$$. It ends in the comic book, which you should buy.
The Bad: Its not a huge issue but why did Jeff Parker write this issue, he’s about to take over Aquaman over at DC why is he stepping in for the Annual instead of Mark Waid, who was solicited to write this issue. I feel also cheated that it stepped away from how intense things with Banner’s staff has been getting! I know annuals sometimes have nothing to do with whats going on in the actual title, but come on!
The Good: Mahmud Asrar paints the picture I want in an issue with both Iron Man and the Hulk, looking at this issue gives me hope for at least how cool the Relaunch of Wolverine and the X-men is gonna look. While this maybe his only stint at Marvel for a long while, it was cool to see Jeff Parker write this issue, and did a great job with Stark and Banner’s relationship.
The Verdict: It served its purpose as an Annual that had nothing to really do with whats been going on, but it is a fun read, a little lighthearted at times, a little dark at times. I’m not gonna say this was the Hulk Annual you thought was coming in Mark Waid’s run, but its worth a once over. Its a wait for the trade kinda issue.