Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #2
Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel Comics)
By Jeff Parker & Mike Wieringo
While the first issue of this miniseries was a bit Spider-Man heavy, this issue does nice work to balance that out. As the H’Mojen begin their invasion, taking over the bodies of humans across the globe, Spidey and the Fantastic Four begin planning a way to fight back. The invasion is going a bit too well, though, with even friends and family falling under prey of the aliens’ new “Silver Age.” I must say, the title “The New Silver Age” is incredibly appropriate for this issue. The story is rather silly, dodgy from a scientific standpoint, and at times a bit implausible. In short, it’s everything that made the Silver Age of comics such a wonderful, imaginative ground for stories. Parker and Wieringo are clearly having a blast with this miniseries, and as this is a sort of fun that’s sorely missing from the Marvel Universe these days, I’m happy to go along with them. Why, oh why, can’t the regular titles have this kind of old-school excitement anymore?