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Fantastic Four #548

July 31, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Kind of an Expensive Test
Rating: A

With Sue trapped, the FF gears up to attack the Frightful Four!

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Inks: Rick Magyar
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Michael Turner
Publisher: Marvel Comics

On a moon of Saturn, Titan, the Frightful Four has Sue Richards captive. Back on Earth, the Wizard’s plan to kill Reed Richards has backfired, and he’s got a five-member Fantastic Four ready to bring down the heat.

As the Wizard himself once observed (in an otherwise-unremarkable story), the “four” in the name of this team is really more of a word than an absolute. Seeing the five-member team go into action works, and McDuffie even takes a few chances to show that the Panther isn’t redundant when Reed is back in action. Reed and Sue both get a chance to demonstrate a ferocity they don’t usually display, and the whole thing leads up to a really satisfying fight scene between the two teams. While the Frightful Four often gets played for laughs, when taken seriously there’s some serious danger in going up against a master of traps and a man who can turn into water. McDuffie gives them a sense of danger without neutering the heroes.

Pelletier’s artwork is still really great, and frankly, far superior to the cover art. This book hasn’t looked so good since Mike Wieringo left.

Despite a completely superfluous and misleading “Initiative” label (cut back on them, Marvel, PLEASE), pretty much everything in this book has been working since Dwayne McDuffie took the reigns. This is another solid issue.

Rating: 8/10

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