Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fantastic Four 556

World's Greatest part three of four continues with issue 556 of Millar and Hitch's Fantastic Four. As previously posted, "a lay of the land" has been enjoying this arc so far, but it hasn't thrown me around like Ultimates did. So let's take a look.

In Alaska, C.A.P. is kicking some serious army guy butt as his programming decrees. His death ray reduces people to skeletons. Ballin'. At the Nu-World project HQ, people are flipping out and Alyssa, Reed's old flame, tells them to call SHIELD and get every super-powered business in CAP's grill, but Reed is still out of universe and won't be back for awhile.

At Johnny Storm's apartment, that sexy hot supervillain is leaving and putting on pants, giving Hitch the chance to draw some panties on a hot girl. He begs her not to tell anybody, but at the same time, the reality show producers are setting up shop in his living room. Uh-oh, plot development. Then he's called to battle.

The Fantastic Four (sans Reed) converge on Alaska, where CAP has taken out pretty much everybody, resulting in a nice splash page for Hitch to draw. CAP and the three Fantastic have a pretty cool fight, but CAP kicks some serious butt.

We cut to the HQ where people are going apesh*t and then we cut to Reed, riding a spacecycle saying "never fear, Reed Richards it here" or something like that. To be continued.

Here we go. Here's a fight scene for you. Here's a specific panel for you to enjoy: Yeah, that's the Human Torch pouring on the heat.

This issue has got the plot moving, as simple as that plot might be, and we slowly move the subplots further along. I know that this isn't going to be a self-contained arc, that this will develop further arcs on Millar and Hitch's apparent 16 issue run. So I'm okay with the simplicity of the "big bad robot takes on the Fantastic Four" plot.

Hitch's pencils are damn good on this issue. If he was rushed earlier, it was because he was saving the main juice for this fight. Dayyymn.

Now the bad. The dialogue is pretty ho-hum and this whole "Johnny boning a supervillain" ain't all that interesting. His reality show thing was a good joke for the first issue, but not very funny in the third issue. Oh well.

I'm going to keep reading this, and so should you. Enjoy!

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