Fantastic Four #562
By Zak Edwards
January 6, 2009 - 21:39
Writer(s): Mark Millar
Penciller(s): Bryan Hitch
Inker(s): Cam Smith & Andrew Currie
Colourist(s): Paul Mounts
Letterer(s): Rus Wooton
Cover Artist(s): Bryan Hitch
I am not a Fantastic Four expert in any way shape or form. The only reason I started reading it is because of the reuniting of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, the team who brought us Ultimates 1 and 2, but not 3. So I have been following this series for that long and I love it so far. Yes, they have Galactus imprisoned and powering a time machine which eventually transfers the entire population of a future Earth onto an artificially constructed other Earth, but this over the top science fiction and reckless abandon is nice for some reason. Usually I would roll my eyes at this sort of crazy over the top science fiction, but the escapism aspect of the series has hooked me, at least for as long as this team is still doing it.
Bryan Hitch is still Bryan Hitch. Probably responsible for the slight delays in the release of this comic book, but that doesn’t matter when the book is in your hand. His attention to details is above and beyond what is expected. Even people and objects in the far background are detailed and paid attention to, creating an entire panel worth looking at. Even The Thing, in all his orange glory, never becomes simply an orange blob, no matter how far away he is from the camera. His panelling is good as well, with a particular page of an exchange between Reed Richards and Dr. Doom standing out in my mind. The page has a sort of symmetry with two extreme close-ups of the two characters’ eyes which makes for a great page. Hitch’s work continues to impress me and as long as the delays never become too extreme, I will continue to look forward to engaging in his work.
8/10 Millar flexes his emotional muscles while setting up for some big events, only to be aided by Hitch’s incredible talent.
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