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FF #4

May 31, 2011

Title: The Beating of Drums

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Barry Kitson
Paul Mounts
Clayton Cowles
Daniel Acuna
Tom Brevoort       
Marvel Comics

A group of Reed Richards from across the Multiverse have a plan to return to their own worlds, but doing so will destroy the world of our Reed and his family. Valeria has brought Dr. Doom into the Future Foundation, along with a group of the Fantastic Four’s most intelligent foes, for the sole purpose of thinking of a way to stop the Reeds before it’s too late. As the dastardly think tank goes to work, a situation in old Atlantis brings Sue and a strike team into action. This is the first time since the title’s relaunch that we’ve really seen much in the way of superhero action, and it works nicely here. Spider-Man is finally getting a chance to do his stuff, and I just love the fact that Alex Power is being brought along on these missions. At this point, he’s got to be at the same age Johnny was when he became the Human Torch – it would seem kind of absurd to leave someone with his power set on the sidelines when things get tough.

I think the great thing about this book is the way that Jonathan Hickman has justified the relaunch. This is not merely the Fantastic Four with Spider-Man sitting in for Johnny. It’s a spin-off series, but it’s not the classic FF at all. It’s a different animal, using the original Fantastic Four as its foundation (no pun intended) to tell new stories in new ways. It’s the most entertaining, innovative comic book Marvel is publishing, and probably one of the top books in the whole industry, and if you’re not reading it, you should be.

Rating: 9/10

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