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FF #14 - 27 Minutes Review

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The one where Doctor Doom goes kaput!

The Good

The FF series has been heating up over the course of the last few issues. Recently we saw the Future Foundation kids team up with Nathaniel Reed and Doctor Doom to the Mad Celestials. Having already the destroyed the Council, who will the Mad Celestials target next? More importantly, who will be able to defeat them? All eyes are on Doctor Doom in this one who must put aside his differences, selfishness and pride and take the Mad Celestials on. But will he?

Once again Valeria Richards shines in this issue. The banter between Val and her grandfather Nathanial Reed are superb. The two characters strategize a way to best thwart off the threat of the Celestials, and it comes at the expense of a rather unlikely hero. Hickman lays the story out very plainly for the reader in this discussion between Val and Nathaniel which is great and makes the seemingly complicated story rather easy to follow.

What really got me was the conversation between Doctor Doom and Valeria. There is this certain admiration and affection Valeria has for Doom which he reciprocates. Perhaps if he weren't playing the part of the evil villain, Doom would have been a decent Dad. The affection they hold for one another makes me wonder just how innocent Valeria really is.

The art in this issue is fun and seems to really capture the essence of the FF kids, even though it was sometimes hard to tell them apart.

The Bad

I am having a hard time understanding where this fits into the continuity of the Marvel Universe. Last I saw Doom he was fully healed and meeting up with Scarlet Witch. He had also been given this tremendous power. Here is seems he has made himself a martyr, and I am unsure where these events occur in the timeline.

The Verdict

The pacing was good. This book is a lot of fun. It's nice to see the kids take on so much responsibility but still act like kids. It doesn't feel stuffy or uptight, it feels like kids trying to save the world and it is really cute. The ending will leave you wanting more. Lot's of fun moments in this issue, I have definitely been enjoying this series.

7 Comments
Posted by WildValentine

I want to pick this up purely for Doom!

Posted by pspin

I agree with everything but the art, characters like Dr. Doom and the Celeatials look cool but everyone else's eyes look wrong, the back grounds are okay

Posted by kamionero

I LOOOOVE Bobillo and Sosa. 10 years ago they had this comic called "Anita, la hija del verdugo" (Anita, the executioner's daughter) that was AMAZING! I'm really glad to see them make it to the big time and I trust they will last a long time, cause frankly they are brilliant!!!!!

Posted by danhimself

@Babs said:

The Bad

I am having a hard time understanding where this fits into the continuity of the Marvel Universe. Last I saw Doom he was fully healed and meeting up with Scarlet Witch. He had also been given this tremendous power. Here is seems he has made himself a martyr, and I am unsure where these events occur in the timeline.

they've already said that because of the release schedule of Children's Crusade that a lot of the events in it wouldn't seem to fit in with stuff that's happening currently in books...it's why Steve Rogers has been in his Captain America suit since the beginning and why Tony is still wearing his Extremis armor....it's all still canon and what not but if you try to fit it in with current releases then you're head is going to explode....don't let your head explode Babs

Posted by Owie

The art is growing on me a bit, except for the kids. I liked the Doom parts. It was annoying that the action depicted on the cover appears in absolutely no form at all in the book--what we saw last issue is the only Franklin vs Celestials action. Based on the preview cover in the back of the issue for FF 15m, it will be cool to have Power Pack back, and seeming all aged somewhat, as Julie and Alex have been. Although the "bare midriff" shirt for Julie is a little annoyingly unnecessarily sexualized. Although I don't know what her costume is like in Avengers Academy.

Posted by Deadcool

I can't stand the art...

Posted by DEGRAAF

Why can't Franklin take them on? I figure he would stand as much or more of a chance compared to Doom