~ by Michael Tennant ~
I sat back waiting patiently for DC Comics The Terrifics to debut. With Jeff Lemire on words and Ivan Reis and Doc Shaner providing pictures, it seemed that we would finally get a Fantastic Four book even if the real thing was still languishing in some terrible limbo.
That is when Marvel Comics finally did something right by publishing the new title Marvel Two-in-One. Starring Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm better known as the ever-loving Thing and the Human Torch. They are not quite the Fantastic Four, but Rome was not built in a day. We have to start somewhere.
With only two issues in, it has been a nice beginning. Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jim Cheung have been given the unenviable task of returning Marvel’s first family back to comics. Many of us have heard the rumors (some of which have been confirmed) of why the Fantastic Four went away. Bringing them back into the fold is not an easy task.
Zdarsky seems to have found the voice for Ben, Johnny and even guest stars Dr. Doom and the Mole Man. If you did not know better, these stories could have been found anywhere in the long history of the team. Jim Cheung does an excellent job on the art.
That is not to say it has been perfect. Some parts of the story were resolved far too quickly. A few blinks and you miss its moments. Plus, for as nice as the art has been, it does feel a little stiff for my tastes in spots. But at the end of the day these are minor quibbles.
The important thing is that the Fantastic Four appears to be back.
And it seems as if Marvel found the right team to rediscover the glory days of the guys who built the house of ideas back in the beginning.
Just sit back and enjoy the ride.