Fantastic Four #644 Comic Book Review
The Fantastic Four and their allies end up fighting the bad guys in multiple ways and in multiple dimensions as this epic story arc by James Robinson and Leonard Kirk launches itself toward an epic conclusion in Fantastic Four #644.
This is the next-to-last issue of the Fantastic Four, for reasons we have already discussed
, and if the action, dialogue, and the plot in general are any indication, the final, triple-sized issue, should be a hum-dinger!
Fantastic Four #644-Credits Page-Back In Blue Part 4
But we get ahead of ourselves now if we do not look at this, the current issue of the Fantastic Four. As usual, we discuss plot details and such below, so here is our spoiler warning...Be warned, spoilers abound here...
Basically, this issue picks up where the last issue left off...(imagine that...!) meaning, Ben and the Invaders, some Avengers, (plus Spider-Man), are battling the Quiet Man's monsters and the evil "Heroes Reborn" corrupted versions of the Avengers from the "Franklinverse" in the streets of Manhattan. Meanwhile, back in the lab, Rick Sheridan (Sleepwalker), is preparing to enter the Franklinverse via Sleepwalker's ability to traverse the Mindscape. He enters this nebulous alternate reality with Sue, Franklin, Namor, and Jim Hammond, the Original Human Torch. After they leave, Reed goes off to face his newest arch-nemesis, the Quiet Man, leaving Johnny and old FF-pal Wyatt Wingfoot to guard the lab and the sleeping Rick Sheridan.
Fantastic Four #644 Cover
At this stage, we have our Fantastic Four members literally split up into four separate, but equally important and equally dangerous adventures. As each separate piece of our story ends (cliff-hanger like), we find Ben face-to-face with the latest iteration of the Frightful Four: The Wizard, Sandman, Thundra, and the She-Thing. The FF-Fan in me predicts a true Battle Royale in the next issue for Ben and friends. Reed is facing off against the Quiet Man, while we can predict that Johnny and Wyatt (both suited up in armor as they are both currently without powers), will end up fighting for their lives as well. And Sue, with our two Golden Age Invaders at her side, along with her son and Sleepwalker, end up face-to-face with the cause of the corruption in Franklin's little pocket universe: The Psycho-Man!
Fantastic Four #644-New Frightful Four
What do we like about this issue? Everything! The art by Leonard Kirk is great. The story crafted by James Robinson` is...well..Fantastic! Think about it...each of our four team members are (as of the end of this issue), faced with challenges and adversaries that mesh perfectly with their own iconic strengths. Ben, the physically strongest of the team, is faced with three very heavy hitters in Sandman, Thundra, and She-Thing, all of whom he has history Ben. Reed, the brains of the team, is facing the Quiet Man, who is turning out to be basically an evil counterpoint to Reed, both in terms of his genius, his emotions toward Sue, and his malleability in a physical sense. Johnny, currently de-powered, is partnered with one of his closest friends, guarding another basically unpowered ally. And Sue, the heart of the team, whose primary motivation has always been the emotion of love, is facing down the Psycho-Man, whose primary motivation and power is the emotion of fear. What a perfect match-up!
The Fantastic Four comic book series is coming to an end with the next issue, Fantastic Four #645. At the very least, we will see our heroes go out with a bang!