Monday, May 31, 2010

Fantastic Four #579 - Marvel

I've been loving this series. I think Jonathan Hickman is doing a terrific job of bringing fantastic ideas and a unique perspective to this book. It seems like Jonathan has been exploring a lot of interesting ideas, and . . I'd say he's doing as good a job or better than Mark Millar did. And that says a lot. And, while I do miss Dale Eaglesham's work, it appears that Neal Edwards will be doing the art . . at least for the foreseeable future. It looks ok. He does a good job. But . . I do miss Dale. Anyways, this issue gives us a whole lot of information. Anyways, first of all . . Reed had built a symposium of sorts for forward thinking minds. It was his way of getting people to think about the future.The possible problems, the possible solutions . . and hopefully present ideas for a better tomorrow. But this year . . he's disappointed. The problem is, all of these people . . they've gotten old. 'There comes a time when each generation has outlived it's usefulness and must be cast aside for a new one. It is with this understanding that I resign from this body immediately. Because there is a fire called discovery burning within me. And I won't go back in the cave for anyone.' So, he begins building something new. A new consortium, or school . . as it were. It's called the Future Foundation, and right now . . it consists of the smartest kids that he knows . . Valaria, Franklin, Alex, Leech, Dragon Man, and a few others. This should prove to be very interesting. Meanwhile, things are starting to happen in these many new cities across the globe. In Old Atlantis, the society has reached out to the world that it cut itself off from and is starting to have desires, and yearnings. Sue's the human ambassador, so . . she's trying to work with them. If anything goes astray, she'll be the first to know. Nu-World seems to be on some kind of accelerated time distortion. In the span of 2 pages, they move ahead in history over 300 years. But a Dr Ted Castle tries to keep himself isolated from that time-space distortion. It appears to have worked for the first 100 years, but . . we don't know if it continued to work. Also one of the visitors to the Baxter Building, one of the advanced Mole-men, makes a discovery. 'A curved axis runs from the Forever City, through Old Atlantis, to an Inhuman city-ship on the moon? The radius of that axis happens to mirror the frequency at which a portal to the Negative Zone opens.' I don't know exactly what that means, but . . I don't think that it bodes well. And Reed visits Bentley Whitman to find out that his mind is still deteriorating. But he also wants to let him know that he's going to help raise the boy-clone of his. He's wants to give him things that Bentley had forsaken him. Actually, I think he wants to prove the theory of nature over nurture . . or vice-verse. Anyways, like I said . . there's lots of cool ideas presented here. They're a little fragmented in this issue . . we get little pieces of a lot of stuff. But . . it's thought provoking and original, nonetheless. It's a great book, and every month I'm left wanting more.

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