This week, Matthew and Stephen sit down to have a polite discussion on FF #7 by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred.
Or – “What’s The Deal With Medusa?”
In the first five issues of this book, the makeshift Fantastic Four team has taken over the Future Foundation, crossed swords with the Mole Man, discovered the original team to be dead (or, at least, so says a maimed and aged Johnny Storm) and decided to take on Doctor Doom. Also, one of their members is acting shady as heck, and the cover this month has foreboding written all over it. What’s next? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
It Girl! & The Atomics is a fun, wacky book with a hipster vibe. This issue sees It Girl getting a new solo mission to prove herself as a super-hero. Does this issue entertain or is it a straight up bummer? Major Spoilers takes a look!
Or – “Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Torchy?”
Their tenure was only supposed to last for four minutes… At least, that was the plan. Weeks later, the interim FF team has been attacked by super-villains, lambasted by the media, and surprised to find that one member of their sister team HAS returned, albeit later than expected. Is his tale of the death of the original Fantastic Four true? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Or – “I Love How This Book Feels Like A Lost Silver Age Marvel Comic…”
No matter what you think about Mike Allred (and he is, apparently, more controversial than I thought as a penciler) the idea behind this book is kinda delightful. The hand-picked backup concept gives credence to the idea that a group of second-tier heroes (and one dilettante) could stand in for the Fantastic Four, and Fractions’s character work made issue #1 a must-read for me. What’s in store for the FF in #2, and will the original Four return on time? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Or – “A Whole New Start…”
I admit to being a little bit conflicted about this new FF #1. On the one hand, I’m totally psyched about the teaming of Fraction & Allred, about the characters at play here, and about a new wrinkle for the Future Foundation. On the other, I’m not sure that I think FF has run its course sufficiently to need a reboot or a relaunch… Either way, your Major Spoilers review awaits!
As Marvel NOW! comes ever closer, expect to see a lot of coverage of the new books. And with any new book, variant covers are sure to be close behind, luring collectors with the promise of something super cool. Marvel has a pair of connecting variant covers for the upcoming release of Fantastic Four #1 and FF #1.
Or – “It’s Always Good To See The Madman Gang…”
This year has, in my area, seen a huge influx of cicadas and whooping cough, two things that tend to cycle through every few years. The comics industry has similar cycles, as you can set your clock by the every three years return of Youngblood, or the bi-annual “Return Of An X-Man From The Dead.” Likewise, every few years you can count on the return of Mike Allred’s Madman or related characters for a few issues, but what happens when both Madman and Mike are out of the picture? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
This November, the fight for the future takes shape in FF #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of Eisner Award winning creators Matt Fraction and Michael Allred! As part of Marvel NOW!, FF joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
Marvel has announced that Mike Allred is joining Mark Waid on Daredevil starting with issue #17. Marvel sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Mr. Allred’s work.
Mike Allred’s MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS wrapped up in 2009 with issue #17, with Madman and Adam Balm on a universe-wide tour with their band, leaving the rest of the Atomics back on Earth. This is when writer Jamie S. Rich (Spell Checkers, You Have Killed Me) started dreaming up a plan for It Girl, Luna Romy, who can take on the properties of anything she touches.
MADMAN ATOMIC COMICSâ€™ Mike Allred andÂ SOUL KISSâ€™ Steven T. Seagle confirmed they did not announce a new project at this year’s Comic Con International during the Mike Allred spotlight panel, citing the sheer number of announcements made at the show this year as reason enough to withhold information.
“We would have been be lost in the shuffle,” Allred said. â€œEspecially since I was already announcing the new graphic novel I am co-editing, ONE MODEL NATION, by writer Courtney Taylor and illustrator Jim Rugg as well my all-new the Vertigo series, I, ZOMBIE. I thought it might be better to just wait until later, and Seagle just kept saying we shouldn’t do it at all.â€