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Fantastic Four #549

August 26, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Reconstruction Chapter Six: So I Guess You’re Saying the Honeymoon’s Over
Rating: A

The Frightful Four vs. the Fantastic… Six!

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

With six members of the Fantastic Four throwing down with the Wizard’s frightful bunch, he tries to balance the scales by bringing in a ringer – Klaw, the master of sound!

The battle that makes up most of this issue really works well. Ben’s throwdown with Klaw is fantastic, and the final confrontation shows the Wizard once and for all just why you don’t want to get Sue Richards mad at you. Of course, before the Wizard popped up, Reed was investigating some sort of ambiguous threat from outer space. The threat comes back for quite a cliffhanger.

McDuffie has done some really nice work on this title. He’s gotten me to accept a “new” FF that everybody knew all along was only temporary, but he hasn’t treated it like a fill-in. T’Challa and Ororo have meshed with the team and even with Reed and Sue back, they don’t seem superfluous. He works in some nice, genuine emotion here. It’s come together well.

Paul Pelletier’s artwork continues to impress. The look of genuine pain, panic and terror he manages to put on the Wizard’s face, even while an enraged Sue starts feeling some sadistic glee at her enemy’s pain – you can read all of those emotions on their faces. That climactic confrontation is really incredible. The only problem is that the comic is still wrapped under a Michael Turner cover that is virtually indistinguishable from any other Michael Turner cover.

I’m seriously going to miss this creative team when their run shortly comes to an end. I have no doubt that if their run with the FF had been allowed to continue it would have been a great one.

Rating: 7/10

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