Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family- A Rant!

FF One Shot
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Man, what a pisser it is to buy a comic book and find out that it isn't remotely what you thought it would be. That is what happened to me with Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family one-shot.

From what the preview said, I thought this issue fit into current continuity. I even thought that it might tie in to Civil War. What an idiot I am!!!

FF: Death is a new story and a reprint of Fantastic Four #245, so it isn't even all new. That just makes me feel dumber. Great.

In FF: Death, Johnny makes an error that costs Sue her life. He decides to try and fix what he did. Okay, that is really fricking original... not. The art by Lee Weeks was old school, which was cool, and the story by Karl Kesel was even kinda poignant.

The problem is that I was duped by false advertising, and didn't even get all new stuff for my $3.99. I am pissed about this!

Bottom Line: I want to alert you that this story isn't what you may think. It is okay, but not earth shattering. Don't go buy it thinking that it fits into the current storyline. Don't be misled.


Scott said...

Damn. And I ordered this one, too.

Matthew Craig said...

I was sure that the general poop prior to the release of this comic had it pegged as not being tied to the current run, including CIVIL WAR. Turns out that I'm both right and wrong...ish:

NRAMA: Now let’s get to probably the subject of the week – the FF. First of all, can you tell us about the just-solicited Death in the Family one-shot, promising the death of Sue Richards?

In reads, and we quote, “Not a dream, not a hoax”...So this is truly “in continuity” and she really buys it?

JQ - Karl Kesel has created one of the best told in one FF stories in a very long time, and yes, unfortunately, there will be a death in the FF family and it is all in continuity. But here’s some Joe Fridays breaking news that the solicits don’t tell ya, and remember, you heard it here first: two of the FF die, not just one. Gone, goodbye, nevermore. By the way, let me state this clearly for the record. This story is not a Civil War tie-in!

To be honest with you, having read the preview pages and a couple of scans over at the scans_daily livejournal, I would be more concerned about warning people about the atrocious dialogue, the cop-out ending, and the "hilarious" Iraq joke.

For what it's worth.


Heidi Meeley said...

Scott- I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one. You will have to let me know what you think.

Matthew: Amen brother. Your bottom line matches mine. I read that too, and feel like I was duped for sure.

It makes me angry that I spent yet another $3.99 on crap.

Thank you for the insight.

Chris Arndt said...

I will not buy a comic with the following words "A", "death", "in", "the", "family" if those words are in the title, as the title, in that specific order.

As an exception some day I will purchase the collection where the Joker beat Post-Crisis Boy Wonder's head in with a crowbar, and left him to die, while blowing the juvenile up in the meantime along with his mother. Batman also punches Superman. The Joker tries to murder the UN on behalf of Iran.

Beyond that, I take the presence of those words in the title as a sign of comics badness.