Sunday, February 27, 2005

FANTASTIC FOUR #523

Right. Because Waid wasn't about to leave off with the wacky for too long.

I'm not sure what to make of this penultimate chapter of the story. On the one hand, sure, show Galen around to let him see as much of what he would destroy -- and his reactions are sensible and logical considering who he is and was. On the other hand...

I have an instinctive reaction against any situation where the unstoppable menace is thwarted by the abstract notion of Plucky Human Resolve rather than by some concrete action. It's sort of a spiritual 'Don't hate me because I'm beautiful' and it smacks of a cop-out. I'd rather have the means of destruction short-circuit because of faulty wiring. That said, I've liked this arc thus far -- Johnny the Herald was a revelation, quite literally, and the power swap (and the way it happened) was well-played.

Waid has been exploring each member's strengths and limits and thus re-defining the structure within the group. Sue has emerged a stronger hero, Johnny a stronger person, Ben a far richer character beyond the traditional self-esteem issue, and Reed has come away as more fallible -- and better because of it. Doom setting Reed up by challenging his belief in the magic/science dichotomy remains my favorite part of this direction.

Not especially relevant: the FF international trailer (different from the US one because there's dialogue; the Thing's voice is terrible.)

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