Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on July 03, 2019

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Francesco Manna
Colorist: Espen Grundetjern
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Is it just me, or did Marvel not bother to advertise this book at all? That’s usually not a good sign, but I think a lot of people are up for a current take on Marvel’s first family from a different writer. If you’re a die-hard FF fan and Slott’s work hasn’t been satisfying you, well, you’re probably going to pick this up anyway. You’ll enjoy it enough, but I don’t think this issue really too much going for it that will draw in casual FF fans in particular. The story fits a traditional FF narrative well enough. The dialogue is serviceable except for when David keeps bringing back some recurring jokes that aren’t terrible but come dangerously close to overstaying their welcome.
            The art is certainly the best thing Prodigal Sun has going for it. Manna’s thick outlines make everything pop off the page with a firm, tangible style. They show many feelings well without being too flashy, and everyone’s powers are put to good use, except for Mr. Fantastic, who just kind of bends and stretches his limbs a little longer than normal. Grundetjern offers some of the best coloring I’ve ever seen. Through any lighting and any changes in literal or thematic tone, it’s thoroughly dynamic.

            Fantastic Four: Prodigal Sun #1 is a fine read, but it doesn’t offer enough to make most people want to continue the story. The art is surely the best thing about the issue, but the writing leaves a lot to be desired, even if it isn’t bad. Only serious FF fans should pick this up.

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