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FF #11 - The Possible Boy Review


The FF are determined to find the Fantastic Four by traveling back through time. Yeah, that can't go well, right? And what does the Impossible Man want with them?

The Good

This series just brings a smile to my face with each issue. It's refreshing to have a comic book series set in an established comic book universe that is allowed to tell more unconventional stories. As the sister title to FANTASTIC FOUR, it's such a polar opposite seeing what transpires in these pages. The fact that both series are written by Matt Fraction makes it all the more brilliant.

With the Fantastic Four missing/busy going through time dealing with their own problems, it's up to Scott Lang and the other adults in the Future Foundation to make sure everything runs smoothly. The Fantastic Four were only supposed to be gone for four minutes (time travel would be involved with their journey). Something went wrong and to make things worse, there's been plenty of other problems popping up including a Doomed future (yeah, it involves Doctor Doom, hence the capital D). With a time-traveling Julius Caesar's ship (read the last issue and FANTASTIC FOUR #5), the team decides to head back to find the Fantastic Four. That's where Impossible Man comes in. It just gets crazier from there.

Fraction manages to throw so much at us in each issue. Aside from a crazy plan that involves time travel (if time travel is involved can it ever not be crazy?), seeing the kids up to their shenanigans, an odd choice for a substitute teacher, the bickering between the ladies on the team and the humor sprinkled all over the place, it should be evident why this is such an enjoyable series. And it's not just about funny stuff. Fraction often sneaks in some heavy duty stuff as well like a kid's emotions and the topic of self deprecation.

Of course there's also Mike Allred's art and Laura Allred's colors that make this book shine even brighter that you would think possible. Fractions scripts are great but the Allreds always make things zanier and more entertaining.

The Bad

Even when taking on heavier issues or featuring 'villains' I'm not super crazy about, this issue continues to provide pure entertainment.

The Verdict

There's a reason this series is always at the top of my list of favorites month after month. Actually, there's a few of them and they include Matt Fraction, Mike Allred and Laura Allred. From the writing to the art to the wacky characters and situations, you never know what to expect here except for fun times. This book feels like it's allowed to do things that a Marvel Comic shouldn't be able to do. It's full of wit, sarcasm, action and adventure and manages to stand out from the typical comic. It's not just about being funny as there are often heavier aspects sneaking their way throughout the story. FF is a series that delivers. Who would have thought reading comics could be so much fun?

Posted by Poncho

Mike Allred She-Hulk is the best She-Hulk.

Posted by mdamasco

I really hope that this comic is able to keep that spark that makes it so refreshing and unique when Fraction leaves

Posted by Cezar_TheScribe

This needs more comments. Mike Allred is great.

Posted by BR_Havoc

There is nothing to not enjoy in this title. Art and story are great, Plus its more light hearted then other books that wants readers to have fun not shock and depress them with dark main characters.

Posted by Reignmaker

I'm feeling hosed with Fraction leaving before his own story is finished. Marvel scheduling at its best. >:(

Edited by Mezmero

This series is an absolute joy. Not only does it make me laugh but it also manages to tug at my heart strings. The scene with Medusa really bowled me over in a way I didn't expect. Mike and Laura's art is fantastic as always. The best excuse for raiding the fridge, this week.

Edited by SoA

have not read this book because im not a fan of the team (save for she-hulk ) the art, nor fraction but when i found out impossible man was in this issue i had to read it. it was a so so issue but im a big impossible-fan (im sorry ) so im glad it got a perfect review !

Edited by longbowhunter

This was one of the my favorite issues so far. Everything clicked for me here. Impossible Boy reminded me a lot of myself. Really worried about what is to come. Between Impossible Man's prediction and a Cesar/Maximus alliance, things are about to get bad.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Really nice issue.

Edited by Buddy_Baker

I still have to wait for issue 11, because my german mailorder hasn't send my copy yet. While trying to not get spoiled too much: is there a chance I will see the time travel with Caesar without picking up Fantastic Four? I only read FF right now because of financial reasons. I was suprised that the time travel thing wasn't continued (yet?) in the last issue. Even if Tony wrote it was handled in issue nr. 10, I'm pretty sure it was only a topic in issue 9?!

Posted by Buddy_Baker

Finally I read that issue and my questions are answered, even if I still don't get how they mentioned the time travel in issue 10 (i only remember the meeting with Ceasar in issue 9), but nevermind. :)

It was fun as always. Especially Allreds art with the wonderful facial expression make me enjoy FF. My only complain is the lack of a bit more action in some issues. I would like to see more scenes with Darla and how goodhe is at managing that Thing suit, because as far as I know she's new to the super hero biz?!

Nontheless I really dig FF and it's a bummer that the creative team of Fraction and Allred(s?) are leaving soon.